the wandering chick
...Bartlett Lake
nice even if you don't fish
Bartlett Flats

Sometimes I just get the urge to grab the tent and propane burner and take off on a short overnight camping trip. This time I chose Bartlett Lake in Maricopa County about 25 miles outside of Cave Creek. I wasn't the only woman around, but I definitely was the only person without a fishing boat.

Bartlett Lake is part of the huge Tonto National Forest and is a reservoir made by the damming of the Verde River.

Besides fishing, there are several day-use areas and a couple of nice hikes. There are three different camping areas, two on lakeshore and one on the Verde River.

Bartlett Lake
Yellow Cliffs
Yellow Cliffs
Bartlett Flat is one of three campgrounds on Lake Bartlett. There are no designated sitess, but ready-built stone firepits kinda dictate where you might set a tent or RV.
The Yellow Cliffs
The Yellow Cliffs make a nice backdrop to the blue waters of the lake.
Bartlett Lake and the Yellow Cliffs
Bartlett Lake
Bartlett Lake
saguaro
Often I see a Saguaro that makes me laugh.
Saguaro skeleton
Saguaro skeleton, closeup
And then there are those which have passed on to Saguaro Heaven. But they, too, add a certain beauty to their surroundings.
Bartlett Lake
View from FR19
picnic talbes at Rattlesnake Cove
Rattlesnake Cove, perched high above the water, is a day-use area. A couple of hiking trails take off from this point also.
The view from FR 19 to Riverside Campground
This and two shots below are views from FR 19, a three-mile gravel-packed road that leads to Bartlett Dam and Riverside Campground.
FR 19 view
The Yellow Cliffs
Bartlett Flat Campground
Campers and boaters at Bartlett Flat
Bartlett Lake marina
The Bartlett Lake marina
Saguaro skeleton in silhouette
This Saguaro skeleton is just outside the marina store.
Bartlett Lake
from the Jojoba Trail
from the Jojoba Trail
One of the hiking trails is called the Jojoba Trail, and it starts either from Rattlesnake Cove or from the Jojoba Boat Launch site. I took it from the boat launch end and got these following shots.
from the Jojoba Trail
from the Jojoba Trail
from the Jojoba Trail
from the Jojoba Trail
The Jojoba Trail is about 1.3 miles one way and runs between the Jojoba Boat Launch and Rattlesnake Cove. The lake is almost always in view.
from the Jojoba Trail, cholla buds
from the Jojoba Trail
from the Jojoba Trail
Cholla is one of many cacti that can be seen on the Jojoba Trail.
from the Jojoba Trail
Saguaro flower
Bartlett Lake at sundown
Sunrise on Bartlett Lake
Left: Sunrise and Right: Sunset... on Bartlett Lakee

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sunset on Bartlett Lake
Sunset on Bartlett Lake

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Sunset on Bartlett Lake
Sunrise
  on Bartlett Lake
Sunset on Bartlett Lake