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Jojoba Trail

Hiking along the Jojoba trail
Hiking along the Jojoba trail
Hiking along the Jojoba trail
Hiking along the Jojoba trail
Jojoba trail: Map
Hiking along the Jojoba trail
Hiking along the Jojoba trail


How to Get There
This hike is located near Carefree, AZ.

To get to the trailhead: From the Phoenix area, HWY-101 North to the Pima road exit and head North. Continue north on Pima until you reach the intersection of Pima Road and Cave creek Road. Make a right (East) onto Cave Creek Road. From Cave Creek Road, turn right onto Bartlett Dam Road and continue 13 miles into the park. Continue straight when you see the lake, following the sign to the Jojoba boat launch area. The signed trailhead is on the left side of the parking area. This is a fee area, so make sure you have a Tonto Pass ($7 as of December 2021) before you arrive.
Phoenix Area and Central Arizona

Hike details

2.90 [Miles] Total
Hike Distance- Details
The lollypop loop hike described is 2.9 miles to Rattlesnake cove and back.
1.50 [Hours]
This hike took us 1.5 hours.
Elevation Change
100 Total gain/loss [Feet]
Elevation Details
Not much elevation change at all.
Hike Trail Type
Lollypop Loop
Special Features
  • Water
  • Wild Flowers
Rating details
Winter is a nice time of year for this hike.


Best Season
  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • October
  • November
  • December
Worst Season
  • July
  • August
Date Hike completed
December 02, 2021


Solitude Details
Very good. We had the trail all to ourselves, although we had to share the lake with the boaters.


Difficulty Rating
difficulty detail
This is an easy hike due to the short distance, although keeping on the trail can be a tricky at times.


Be Aware of
Fee area ($7), route finding, and bushy sections (wear long pants). Purchase a Tonto pass before you get to the area. The ranger station on the way is a convenient place to purchase these. You can also purchase them online (Link:

Hike the Jojoba trail along Bartlett Reservoir near Phoenix, Arizona.

Make sure you have a Tonto pass ($7 as of December 2021) before parking here

The signed trail starts at the north side of Jojoba boat ramp launch parking area and follows the western edge of the Bartlett Reservoir as it winds north. This is a classic Saguaro desert, with the usual suspects of Cholla cactus, Saguaro cactus, Barrel cactus and scrub, although with the very unique backdrop of a nearby lake. We hit this hike on a near perfect winter day, with a high of 74F, a light breeze off the lake, and clear skies. You can see the four peaks and the Mazatal mountains from this trail, but the eyes always seem to travel back to the Reservoir. The trail travels up and down through small coves created by the Reservoir. 

The trail can be overgrown in places, so long pants are recommended. It can be tricky to follow the trail in sections too, so make sure you're using those route finding skills. At the marked trail junction (JCT_1R on the map) go right here and follow the trail out to an interesting viewpoint. Once you reach the water, you can follow the shoreline to the left to reach Rattlesnake cove. The return trail is signed, but can also be difficult to follow. It's best to take it slow, try to stay on the trail, and enjoy the great views of Bartlett lake.


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