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Chevelon Creek - Larson Ridge Route, AZ

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Rated  Favorite Wish List AZ > Payson > Heber
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Difficulty 4 of 5
Route Finding 3 of 5
Distance One Way 0.94 miles
Trailhead Elevation 7,349 feet
Elevation Gain -847 feet
Accumulated Gain 24 feet
Avg Time One Way 30 min
Kokopelli Seeds 1.02
Interest Off Trail Hiking, Seasonal Creek & Perennial Creek
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3  2019-08-03 ALMAL
6  2018-06-09 MountainMatt
5  2018-06-09
Willows Springs Lake / Larson Ridge
8  2018-05-26 ALMAL
15  2017-07-02
Chevelon Creek
12  2017-05-18 ALMAL
6  2017-05-05 MountainMatt
24  2016-06-24 ALMAL
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Access to Chevelon Creek from the end of FR 237 (Larson Ridge) via a very steep but well-traveled route.

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This is a moderately difficult hike.

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    Most recent Triplog Reviews
    Chevelon Creek - Larson Ridge Route
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    Larson Chevelon Loop
    Nice quick overnight to Chevelon creek from the Telephone trail. Glad ALMAL was able to make it as we would have all starved without his monster catch! :app:

    Absolutely delicious fish and damn near 20" which is pretty good for a trout in my book. Surprisingly popular down there this weekend, with a non-wilderness-approved group of boy scouts, and at least 3 other groups of 2. Some possibly more amorous and revealing than others. :o

    I learned a lot about how to catch fish as well as those toys in the crane vending machines at walmart. Gonna put that to good use in the future! :)

    Saturday I headed upstream to Larson Ridge and hiked the ridge road for a while before dropping back down to the creek. Enjoyed a few miles along the creek. Multiple awesome fishing holes and campsites along the way. For the most part there is a use trail away from the creek that allows for fairly high-speed travel, but of course the highlights are along the creek, and that's a bouldery, slower-moving route.

    I now only have about 4 miles of Chevelon Canyon between Woods Canyon and the lake that I haven't hiked. Should be able to knock that out in a relatively easy day sometime.

    Good to see Joelle and Nick again, and to meet Darren. Thanks to 9L for the planning, yadda yadda.

    *stats are only for the saturday day hike as described and shown on the linked gps track.
    Chevelon Creek - Larson Ridge Route
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    So I contacted everyone signed up for this trip, and we agreed to postpone it a week.

    As it turns out, the trip went terrible, first of all the backpacking part was way too easy, down the short trail to a creekside camp. Then there was the horrible scenery, the old growth pines, the pristine creek with cool water, expansive meadows filled with wildflowers, who wants to put up with that? Then there is the fact that there is a pretty decent trail up and down the canyon, with access routes at Trail 180 and Larson Ridge. And it didn't even rain on me on Saturday. Glad all you folks avoided signing up.
    Chevelon Creek - Larson Ridge Route
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    Decided to investigate this route up Larson Ridge. It's very steep but also very well traveled. It is a single traverse with the only switchbacks quick 5-foot sections to get around small ledges. If you carry a pack down this route, hiking poles would be helpful on the descent.

    The last half mile of road is impassable, so the hike begins at the high-point of the ridge. Great views straight down to the creek 800 feet below. Pay attention to the cairns for the where the route drops off the ridge and begins the traverse down the west side of the ridge.
    Chevelon Creek - Larson Ridge Route
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    Super fun overnight in an amazing location. The drive in was an adventure with as much as 6 inches of snow. All the roads up there are completely destroyed. The rim road will be an absolute mess until it gets graded again. The car wash attendent is gonna hate me tomorrow. :y:

    By the time we got to the trailhead, we had dropped enough elevation that the snow was patchy, and the hike went a bit slow due to the snow and mud. But camp was set up quickly and we tried our luck at fishing, but the midday light wasn't good so we headed downstream to the lake. There are two creek crossings but we managed both without getting wet. A few hours later, 9L and I tried our luck with the fish again, and this time luck was on our side. 9L struck first, and I followed up just a few minutes later! Woot! Dinner! :y:

    In the morning we headed upstream and I investigated the Larson Ridge route that ALMAL had inquired about. Nice to know of alternative access point. Plenty of camp sites down here, and the first couple miles south was reminiscent of the Houston Brothers trail. I should come back here more often :)

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    Map Drive
    High Clearance possible when dry

    To hike
    Turn north on FR 237 1/4 mile west of Canyon Point Campground and 2 miles west of Forest Lakes. This is approximately 34 miles east of Payson on AZ-260. Travel FR 237 for 7.5 miles from AZ-260 until it ends or becomes impassable and begin the hike there.
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