Thursday, December 15, 2016

Hiking Butcher Jones Trail, Tonto National Park, Arizona

On Tuesday, Simone took me and Mandy on a wonderful hike around Saguaro Lake. To enter the park, there is a $6 fee.  The address to the park is: Butcher Jones Trail, Fort McDowell, AZ 85264.

There are two ways to do the trail and both ways follow the same route. One route is a 2.5 mile (5 mile round trip) hike from the parking lot to Peregrine Point. If you choose to continue beyond Peregrine Point, the hike increases to a 4.5 mile (9 mile round trip) hike.



From the parking lot, the trail begins east of Butcher Jones Beach and follows the lake. Along the way, as you hike alongside the Salt River, you should pass by Peregrine Cove, Camper Cove and Burro Cove.





There are several side trails that lead to the shoreline in case you want to fish. We saw a lot of people on boats fishing that morning.





The return to Butcher Jones Recreation Site is along the same route.

For more information on the hike:

1) http://www.alltrails.com/explore/trail/us/arizona/butcher-jones-trail
2) http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/tonto/null/recarea/?recid=35461&actid=50
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