It only costs about $5 to park your car in the one of the paved spaces in the park, but I'm too cheap to pay that.  I park in the off-highway vehicle area, which is through this gate.
The entrance to the trail is near the lake.
A lot of people fish in this lake.  These two men are fishing from an inflatable raft.
This is an American coot.  There are a lot of these on the lake.
There are many beautiful views of desert scenery along the trail.
This floating peer was built by volunteers, for use by fishermen.
The trail is very easy to follow.  This large saguaro is right next to the trail.
The trail follows the shoreline around this cove.
This is an interesting dead tree.
If you look closely, you will see some hikers on the trail on the other side of the cove.
Some parts of the trail are a little damp.
The trail starts to climb on this side of the cove.
That is Stewart Mountain in the background.
View of the cove, with Four Peaks in the background.
A trail sign fell off of this post.
Looking back towards the beginning of the trail.
Cliffs, with Stewart Mountain in the background.
The trail winds back and forth, up and down.
Wildflowers are starting to bloom.
This flower is called bluedick.
This is blue lupine.
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There are not a lot of Mexican gold poppies yet.
Closeup of a Mexican gold poppie.
Another blue lupine.
Hedgehog cactus in back, fishook pincushion cactus in front.
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More Mexican gold poppies.
There are some fast boats on the lake.
A view of the lake.
The Superstition Mountains are in the background.  The air is hazy today, so they don't show up very well.
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I didn't see any campers in Camper's cove.
That is the Desert Belle.  It takes people on narrated tours of the lake.  I want to take a ride on it some day.
A fork in the trail.
In this area, a lot of people have taken wood from saguaro skeletons.  I think that is illegal, though, and the fine is very high.
Another fork in the trail.
Four Peaks comes into view again.
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Desert scenery is beautiful.
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I used two pictures to make a stereo picture.  Look at the right image with your left eye and the left image with your right eye (your eyes will be crossed).  When you get to two images to merge into one in the middle, you will see the picture in 3D.
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The boat in the foreground is a party boat.  They seem to be popular on this lake.
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New growth on a buckhorn cholla cactus.
I'm going to climb that mountain some day.
An unusual barrel cactus.
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Getting back to the start of the trail.
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Because of the high, thin clouds, there were sundogs this afternoon.
The sundog on the other side.
Mexican gold poppies close up as sunset approaches.
Back there is Butcher Jones park.
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No shortcuts today, unless you have a boat.
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A sundog, a boat, and a blue heron.
Closeup of a blue heron.
Sundog reflection on the lake.
In case of emergency...
Butcher Jones 21 Feb 2009
Art
Author: Art (ID: 1009)
Posted: 2009-02-22 03:28 GMT+00:00
Mileage: 9.19 km
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This hike covers part of the Butcher Jones trail, which follows the shore of Saguaro Lake. I don't know how long the Butcher Jones trail is, so I don't know if I covered most of it or not. I know I didn't get to the end.

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It only costs about $5 to park your car in the one of the paved spaces in the park, but I'm too cheap to pay that. I park in the off-highway vehicle area, which is through this gate.
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The entrance to the trail is near the lake.
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A lot of people fish in this lake. These two men are fishing from an inflatable raft.
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This is an American coot. There are a lot of these on the lake.
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There are many beautiful views of desert scenery along the trail.
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This floating peer was built by volunteers, for use by fishermen.
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The trail is very easy to follow. This large saguaro is right next to the trail.
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The trail follows the shoreline around this cove.
IMG_4950
This is an interesting dead tree.
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If you look closely, you will see some hikers on the trail on the other side of the cove.
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Some parts of the trail are a little damp.
IMG_4958
The trail starts to climb on this side of the cove.
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That is Stewart Mountain in the background.
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View of the cove, with Four Peaks in the background.
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A trail sign fell off of this post.
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Looking back towards the beginning of the trail.
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Cliffs, with Stewart Mountain in the background.
IMG_4986
The trail winds back and forth, up and down.
IMG_4988
Wildflowers are starting to bloom.
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This flower is called bluedick.
IMG_4992
This is blue lupine.
IMG_4999
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There are not a lot of Mexican gold poppies yet.
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Closeup of a Mexican gold poppie.
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Another blue lupine.
IMG_5004
Hedgehog cactus in back, fishook pincushion cactus in front.
IMG_5005
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More Mexican gold poppies.
IMG_5008
There are some fast boats on the lake.
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A view of the lake.
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The Superstition Mountains are in the background. The air is hazy today, so they don't show up very well.
IMG_5020_18_19
IMG_5021
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I didn't see any campers in Camper's cove.
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That is the Desert Belle. It takes people on narrated tours of the lake. I want to take a ride on it some day.
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A fork in the trail.
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In this area, a lot of people have taken wood from saguaro skeletons. I think that is illegal, though, and the fine is very high.
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Another fork in the trail.
IMG_5038_6_7
Four Peaks comes into view again.
IMG_5044_2_3
IMG_5045
Desert scenery is beautiful.
IMG_5056_4_5
IMG_5057
IMG_5058
IMG_5059
SaguaroLake
I used two pictures to make a stereo picture. Look at the right image with your left eye and the left image with your right eye (your eyes will be crossed). When you get to two images to merge into one in the middle, you will see the picture in 3D.
IMG_5067_5_6
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The boat in the foreground is a party boat. They seem to be popular on this lake.
IMG_5072
IMG_5080_78_79
IMG_5084
New growth on a buckhorn cholla cactus.
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I'm going to climb that mountain some day.
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An unusual barrel cactus.
IMG_5088
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Getting back to the start of the trail.
IMG_5094
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Because of the high, thin clouds, there were sundogs this afternoon.
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The sundog on the other side.
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Mexican gold poppies close up as sunset approaches.
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Back there is Butcher Jones park.
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No shortcuts today, unless you have a boat.
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IMG_5115
IMG_5116
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A sundog, a boat, and a blue heron.
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Closeup of a blue heron.
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Sundog reflection on the lake.
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In case of emergency...
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