Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Saguaro Lake Kayaking Day Trip
when Trip Report : February 10, 2021
where Butcher Jones Beach
the kayak     This will be the first in what will hopefully become a regular series of monthly kayaking day trips for the Arizona Trailblazers. At some point we may also start planning an occasional car-camping trip that combines both kayaking and hiking. We will plan and learn as we go with this newest addition to the club’s schedule.
    This first Arizona Trailblazers kayaking trip will be at Saguaro Lake. We will meet at Butcher Jones Beach, reached from Bush Highway (driving directions below), and launch our kayaks off the beach. From there we’ll start paddling clockwise around the lake, keeping close to the shoreline.
    We’ll plan on pulling in to shore from time to time as people get tired of paddling and probably stop on shore for a lunch break around 11:30 or so.
Required:
•  At least 3 liters of water
•  Rain poncho
•  Hat, sunblock, sunglasses
•  Life jacket
•  Whistle
Recommended:
•  Lunch or snacks
•  Camera
distance Probably 5 to 6 miles of kayaking.
time 3 to 5 hours, with rest breaks, lunch stop, and photo ops.
EC none
elevations 1,506 feet.
type round trip
starting at Butcher Jones Beach
rating "C"     Rate yourself as a hiker.
dogs allowed no
cost You will need either a Tonto Pass or a Senior Pass to park in the Butcher Jones lot.
Be sure to display your pass on a hang tag or place it on your dashboard.

The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
weather Apache Junction
meet 9:00 AM at Butcher Jones Beach parking lot.
drive
•  Take Highway 87 (Beeline Hwy) north to Bush Highway.
Turn right onto Bush Highway and drive 2 miles to FR166 (Butcher Jones turnoff).
Turn left on FR166 and drive another 2 miles to the large parking area.
Park as close as possible to the beach to minimize carrying your kayak.
Restrooms are located nearby.

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