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Butcher Jones Trail #463, AZ
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History by Teva Joe
Dr Jones did surgery on his dining room table... the butcher was supposedly a friend of our favorite Dutchman. The recreation area opened in 1960. By late '62 after 150k visitors it closed two months for renovations due to being so busy. In '64, three Saguaros were axed down across a road in an attempt to cause an accident.


Hike
This is a lakeside hike on the east side of Saguaro Lake and is an excellent hike to take out of town guests who think Arizona is all desert. Dan and I were abaolutely stunned and disgusted at the trash and garbage we saw along the trail. We can not believe there are idiots who simply drag their trash along the trail with beer bottles and cans and have no respect at all for nature.

We started out at 5:30 AM from the trailhead clearly marked at the SW end of the parking lot at the end of the Butcher Jones road from the Bush highway. The first 1/3 mile is sidewalk and pavement as it goes to a large boat launch area and gate at Peregrine Point. From here on it is actual trail along the lake winding around its arms until you cross over the peninsula which is a short up and down jaunt. There are many great photo opportunities and excellent lake views. There is even a place where, through a canyon to the south, the Flatiron is framed from the Superstitions.

A nice variation that will add a mile or so and some climbing can be done when you come to the first u turn around a lake arm. The main trail goes to the right around the end of the arm but another faint trail goes to the left up a hill. You can climb to the top where you can look down on the parking lot and see the Four Peaks clearly.

Except for the horrible trash we saw, this is a wonderful trail that has trees, reeds, water, desert plants and beautiful flowering trees. Your friends from other states will not believe we are in the center of the Arizona desert (even though the lake is man made by Stewart Dam)
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Difficulty 2 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Round Trip 5.4 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,534 feet
Elevation Gain 180 feet
Accumulated Gain 600 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 3 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 8.4
Author OhOh7
Descriptions 15
Routes 2
Photos 1,591
Trips 81 map ( 435 miles )
Age 81
Location Gold Canyon, AZ
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Backpack   No
Preferred   → 8 AM
Seasons   Late Autumn to Spring
Sun  5:35am - 7:30pm
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Butcher Jones Recreation Site
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Saguaro Lake
Ship Rock
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Trash and beauty
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History by Teva Joe
Dr Jones did surgery on his dining room table... the butcher was supposedly a friend of our favorite Dutchman. The recreation area opened in 1960. By late '62 after 150k visitors it closed two months for renovations due to being so busy. In '64, three Saguaros were axed down across a road in an attempt to cause an accident.


Hike
This is a lakeside hike on the east side of Saguaro Lake and is an excellent hike to take out of town guests who think Arizona is all desert. Dan and I were abaolutely stunned and disgusted at the trash and garbage we saw along the trail. We can not believe there are idiots who simply drag their trash along the trail with beer bottles and cans and have no respect at all for nature.

We started out at 5:30 AM from the trailhead clearly marked at the SW end of the parking lot at the end of the Butcher Jones road from the Bush highway. The first 1/3 mile is sidewalk and pavement as it goes to a large boat launch area and gate at Peregrine Point. From here on it is actual trail along the lake winding around its arms until you cross over the peninsula which is a short up and down jaunt. There are many great photo opportunities and excellent lake views. There is even a place where, through a canyon to the south, the Flatiron is framed from the Superstitions.

A nice variation that will add a mile or so and some climbing can be done when you come to the first u turn around a lake arm. The main trail goes to the right around the end of the arm but another faint trail goes to the left up a hill. You can climb to the top where you can look down on the parking lot and see the Four Peaks clearly.

Except for the horrible trash we saw, this is a wonderful trail that has trees, reeds, water, desert plants and beautiful flowering trees. Your friends from other states will not believe we are in the center of the Arizona desert (even though the lake is man made by Stewart Dam)
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    North on Beeline highway to the Bush highway junction. Right on Bush Highway to the well marked Butcher-Jones turnoff. Or, North on Ellsworth until it turns into Usury Pass highway to a stop sign. Right turn on Bush highway to butcher-Jones turnoff. it is about 20 miles from east mesa, an easy half hour.

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