Bartlett Lake Wildflower Hike

Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - 07:30
Dan Rothman -, 480-773-5197
Yvonne Joyner -, 602-595-7868
B+/B- LENGTH: 10 mi/6 mi ELEV GAIN: 2000 ft/1200 ft PACE: Medium

Meet at 7:30 am (depart 7:45) at the Fry’s parking lot located on the south side of Shea Boulevard, just east of the Route 101 exit. (We’ll meet on the east side of the parking lot, away from the store entrance).

Bartlett Lake is considered to be one of the best spots in Arizona to view desert wildflowers, particularly Mexican poppies. We’ll hope that this is a good season for them, and that our timing is right.

The hike will be an out-and-back along the west shoreline of the Lake, following the Jojoba and Palo Verde Trails. In addition to the hoped-for wildflowers, there are beautiful views all along these trails of the mountains and Sonoran desert surrounding the Lake. Although there is little overall elevation gain on this hike, there are many ups and downs along the shoreline. The trails are generally soft, but there are many spots along them with slippery sections of fine gravel, so hiking poles are recommended.

Also, bring plenty of water, snacks, electrolytes, and wear sturdy hiking boots.

Cost to non-members is $5. Guests and new members should contact the hike leader prior to the hike.