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Telephone Ridge Trail #103 - Chevelon
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Telephone Ridge Trail #103 - ChevelonPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Backpack avatar May 16 2015
John9L
Backpack13.79 Miles 1,803 AEG
Backpack13.79 Miles2 Days         
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This was my first trip to Chevelon Canyon and I was blown away by the diversity and beauty of the area.

We drove up on Saturday morning and were greeted to relatively heavy snow on FR300. The road was in decent shape and there was an endless parade of cars, trucks and RV's on their way out. We got a good laugh at a Honda Civic making for the exit. I thought for sure it would get stuck. Along the drive all of us thought to ourselves this might be a bad idea but it was fine. It helped that we followed FR169 farther north to FR119. We took FR180 out on Sunday and this road was a mud hole and slow going.

We parked at the trailhead and snow was all over the place. The sun was shining through and melting the snow fast. We made a muddy decent down the Telephone Ridge Trail and selected the campsite to the right. We set everything up and then made the walk down canyon to Chevelon Lake. The going is relatively easy and we passed a herd of 20 female elks. The lake looked so inviting for swimming and I wish I had a kayak. We eventually returned to camp and set in for the evening with a fire and good beer and good company. It was a little chilly away from the fire but I expected much worse.

The next day was a relaxing morning. We all woke on our own and chilled around the fire. Around mid-morning Chumley, Claire and I hiked up canyon. This was another relaxing hike and you have to cross the creek a few times. We all ended up getting our feet wet because it was much easier and quicker. At roughly 1.5 miles up canyon Chumley took off for the rim to explore an exit route. Claire and I continued another half mile and found more cool campsites with log couches and good fishing/swimming hole. I could spend days down here!

Later in the day we all regrouped at camp and then packed up and made the hike out. The hike back to the truck was only 1.2 miles and about 800 ft up. We all joked that this is the shortest backpacking trip we've ever done. It was well worth it!
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