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Butcher Jones Trail #463Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 19 2017
DarthStiller
Hiking7.00 Miles 937 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles   3 Hrs   32 Mns   1.98 mph
937 ft AEG
 
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Took the family for another hike out to Saguaro Lake. We hiked about half of this trail a few years ago. I had planned to try to hike all of it, but we took a spur trail to a shoreline and ended up just letting the kids play there. This time we made more of a proper hike out of it.

Even with an early 6am wakeup, we were moving slow on a Sunday morning. After stopping for a Tonto Pass and snacks, we arrived at the trailhead around 8:30am. Still early enough to have our choice of parking spots.

The very first section through the overgrowth is littered with horse manure. Once you get past the little gate at Peregrine Point, things were better in that regard. Walking in and out of the coves gave us quite a bit of shade with the sun still low in the sky. As the trail ascended after that, things felt pretty warm.

After the wooden sign that mentions the shoreline access, we stayed on the main trail. It goes just a little further and almost seems to end at an overlook. The trail does continue to the left and descends down to the shoreline and through an extended area of overgrowth. The trail is faint in several places, but it’s still there. It becomes harder to hike only because the overgrowth forces you to duck under some very low branches. Radmila and the kids went about an extra ¼ mile, while I went a little further. I was determined to get at least to the end of the official posted track, at which point I figured the trail would end. Once I got there, I could still find traces of it. After so far, I decided I had enough. Going through the overgrowth didn’t give much to see in terms of views, and from what I saw from above, I knew I was headed for a swamp of some sort near the shoreline. The topo mapping shows that there was maybe an extra quarter mile of trail.

After we got back to the junction, we took the shoreline access spur to where the trail abruptly ended at a dropoff over the lake and some really heavy overgrowth. The vegetation by the shoreline was covered in webs, probably from caterpillars or some kind of worms or larvae. The view of Four Peaks over the lake was very nice.

We headed back, which took some time. Dmitri’s toes were bothering him the whole time, so he probably needs new shoes already. The only critter we saw was a tarantula on the trail about 1.5 miles in. The trail got busier the closer we got to the trailhead, and the parking lot was full once we were done.
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