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Chevelon Lake #611Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 30 2014
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Hiking35.20 Miles 3,589 AEG
Hiking35.20 Miles   13 Hrs   5 Mns   3.22 mph
3,589 ft AEG   2 Hrs   10 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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This hike was to check out the Chevelon Canyon dam and the Chevelon creek . I started out just north of Deer lake by FR169 / FR180.

I went up FR169 to FR169B. Along FR169B, there’s an unnamed road that goes to an overlook of Circle Bar Draw. I climb a little down the canyon to get better pictures.
Then I headed over to the dam. From the dam, I went down the spillway to the Chevelon Creek. There was a big pool of water, but no running water. I went up the creek and the water dried up right away.
After a bit I ran into a ATV trail. The ATV trail followed the creek, then it climbed out on the East side of it. It was a slow moving climb in the heat. The ATV trail looped around to a south and hugged the eastern side of the lake.
I followed the trail until it started to pull away from the lake. I was looking for a perfect lunch spot so I started to bushwhack to the rim. I dropped down to my comfort level and found a great spot opposite of the Circle Bar Draw. The awesome lunch spot is at: N34 30.380 W110 49.095

After lunch I headed back and found a couple of other view spots. On the way back down to the creek, I came across 12~14 backpackers heading in for the night. I was surprised to see anyone in this remote spot.
I took the ATV trail all the way back to the dam and saw a truck drive up the closed road. I was curious how the truck was going to get out (or how it come in!) Right before the locked gate was a couple of pull outs for camping spots.
From the camping spot, there was a road to the camp grounds. So much for the locked gate!

I took FR169T out to FR169. FR169T is more scenic than FR169.

The temps were perfect till 2PM, then it got very warm until 5PM. It was very chilly after the sun dropped. The quarter moon provided enough light for the hike out until it dropped behind the tree line.

I agree with Chumley that the eastern side of Chevelon canyon lake is nicer than the western. I like the views from top of the canyon than from the dam.
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