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Telephone Ridge Trail #103 - Chevelon
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Telephone Ridge Trail #103 - ChevelonPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 05 2011
ALMAL
Hiking2.50 Miles 700 AEG
Hiking2.50 Miles
700 ft AEG
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I arrived at the trailhead around 9AM on a Thursday. No one else around anywhere. The road in is well marked but the last 1.7 miles are really rough. I'd consider parking back on 119 where the road splits off and hiking in the remaining 1.7 miles. The down hike took only about 1 hour and I was moving slowly since this was my first trip here. This trail is well marked and appears to be well traveled. The trails skirts the east facing hillside in full sun for the first half then winds down into a small side canyon with plenty of shade. The trail ends up at a fine campsite right at the waters edge. I saw a 3 lb brown trout cruising the knee deep pool about 30 yards upstream from my campsite. I walked downstream to do some fishing and found an abandoned old torn up tent about a mile below my camp. Saw several more trout but it was super windy and my fly rod was no match for this brushy banked demon. Later in the evening I worked my way upstream but the wind did too. I saw a number of trout, likely browns, but the wind blew hard right up until nightfall. There were several deep pools about 200 yards upstream from my campsite. I wished I had brough spinning tackle and some heavy maribou jigs or floating crankbaits. I settled in to my tent and my 35 degree bag was fine. I decided to hike out early the next morning. Next time I will bring spinning gear for sure. There are very big trout here but the banks are overgrown and hard to wade with a fly rod.
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