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Butcher Jones Trail #463Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 05 2015
kingsnake
Hiking8.32 Miles 1,075 AEG
Hiking8.32 Miles   3 Hrs   31 Mns   2.37 mph
1,075 ft AEG
 
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Planned to hike from Butcher Jones TH across the north shore of Saguaro Lake to the AZNG site on Hill 1980 at the mouth of Cottonwood Creek. Got to the TH only to discover it was a fee area ... and they don't sell passes at the Saguaro Lake marina. Yet, also in the Tonto NF, they *do* sell passes at the Bartlett Lake marina. Why the difference? Very inconvenient. Very goverment bureaucratic. :roll:

Thought about risking the ticket. Not sure if the Ft. Dowell gas station sells them; it's equidistant to Mesa, but a lot faster doing 70 on the Beeline Hwy, than 35-45 through the cop gauntlet on Bush Hwy. Ended up going to Mesa, just so I would not strike out in Ft. McDowell and get really :tt: having to go to Mesa. I was already stressed out enough as it was. (Just life.)

Hiked .75 miles up the semi-paved beginning of Trail #463, before turning left/north up a small canyon. It was smooth sailing for a mile. Some small flowers, but not many.

I cut over a saddle, finding myself going down a slot canyon. I probably could have negotiated it, but I wanted to move faster, so exitted, working my way instead down a spur towards the next wash. The wash was not deep, but it was steep. When I got to the top of the next spur, and looked in the direction of Hill 1980, I thought, "This is going to take much longer than I thought." And, I would have to come back the same way. Audible.

Instead, I went to the end of the spur, which projected into Saguaro Lake, then sat down to listen to the waves. It was quite relaxing. I needed to think about life, and wash away the stress. (I had woke up even more :x than I had went to bed.) After 45 minutes, I worked my way back, following a ridge for a bit, and finding many flowers, before dropping back into my small canyon.

By the time I got back on Trail #463 it was Piestewa Peak busy. On a Thursday. 20 miles out of town. I was shocked. :o I busted it up the trail for a couple of miles until I came to a small outcropping of rocks, where I took my second break, with my usual snack of vinegar chips and energy bar. Despite taking my time returning to Butcher Jones TH, and taking many more flower pix, I was still passing people left and right. But at least the majority of people were friendly, unlike trails inside the city. :)

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