Robbins Butte

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Robbins Butte, named for the prominent 807-foot hill near the eastern end, is a moderate trail only minutes from Buckeye. The trail runs between Highway 85 and Old US 80. There is an abundance of large saguaro cacti and other Sonoran Desert plant life. The best time to do this trail is mid-October through April.

The eastern end of the trail is easygoing for approximately eight miles. At 8.19 miles, the trail crosses an open cattle crossing and turns south. The trail degrades after this point. Several areas with significant washouts require attention to good tire placement and four-wheel drive to navigate. There are bypasses for the worst washouts, but these may worsen after a good rain. The hardest obstacle on this route is at mile 12.5 (33.245899°N 112.749176°W). There is a bypass just to the west of this obstacle. The final ascent at the 13.3-mile mark contains a couple of small rocky ledges.

The trail passes through a patchwork of BLM land, AZ State Trust, and private property and passes just south of the Powers Butte Wildlife Area.

The best camping on the trail is on the eastern end from the 0.80-mile mark to the 1.80-mile mark. This is BLM land and open for camping. There are numerous camping spots. The area is generally populated with RVs.

Robbins Butte is approximately 3.2 miles from State Route 85. It borders Robbins Butte Wildlife Area to the east and is part of the Gila River Waterfowl Management Area. Gila River is on the north side of the Butte. There is no camping or target shooting allowed in this area.