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Kehl Canyon, AZ

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Distance Loop 8.56 miles
Trailhead Elevation 7,440 feet
Elevation Gain 20 feet
Accumulated Gain 725 feet
Avg Time One Way 5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 10.98
Interest Off-Trail Hiking & Seasonal Creek
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10  2020-08-29 azlaurie
28  2020-06-18 kingsnake
Author kingsnake
author avatar Guides 94
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Location Sunnyslope, PHX
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A Fist Full of Kehls
by kingsnake

The various Kehl Canyons are located between Kehl Ridge and Blazed Ridge, just west of FR 141:

Kehl Canyon
Runs 5.0 miles from the edge of the Mogollon Rim, through Kehl Springs, to East Clear Creek. (The first mile is basically Rim Rd. / FR 300.)

West Kehl Canyon
Stretches 2.2 miles from FR 308, past Mud Spring, to Kehl Canyon.

Middle Kehl Canyon
Splits the two, 1.5 miles from FR 308 to Kehl Canyon.

Kehl Springs Campground serves as the trailhead, but you could also park off FR 308 at either FR 308E, near West Kehl Canyon, or off FR 308 at FR 308A, near Middle Kehl Canyon.

Regardless of where you park, if you do the loop in the attached GPS route, the mileage and accumulated elevation gain (AEG) is about the same: 8.6 miles, 750 ft. AEG. There are options for shorter loops:

North Loop
Starting from FR 308E, heading clockwise, hike the bottom 0.3 miles of Middle Kehl Canyon, north in Kehl Canyon for 2.2 miles, then 2.5 miles south in West Kehl Canyon back to where you started. The north loop is 5.5 miles and 400 ft. AEG.

South Loop
Starting from Kehl Springs Campground, hike north in Kehl Canyon for 1.6 miles, then south in Middle Kehl Canyon for 2.4 miles back to where you started. The south loop 4.0 miles and 400 ft. AEG.

If at any point you get tired of canyon crawling, there are forest roads that parallel the canyon bottoms, anywhere from 20-200 ft. upslope: FR 308E for Kehl Canyon, FR 308B for Middle Kehl Canyon, and FR 6110 for West Kehl Canyon.

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2020-06-20 kingsnake

    One-Way Notice
    This hike is listed as One-Way.

    When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    Map Drive
    FR / Jeep Road - Car possible when dry

    To hike
    Kehl Campground is 6.8 east on Rim Rd. / FR 300 from AZ-87, just before you get to FR 141. More info & fee @ Kehl Springs Campground. Kehl Springs has only camping spots, not simple parking.
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