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Chevelon Canyon - North of LakePayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 14 2007
chumley
Hiking4.00 Miles 140 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   2 Hrs   15 Mns   1.78 mph
140 ft AEG
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After reading the descriptions posted thusfar, I knew I was really only interested in hiking from Chevelon Crossing to Durfee Crossing, but I figured a nice 4 mile roundtrip along a mountain creek would be a pleasant respite from the Valley heat.

I was wrong. After driving 2.5 hrs from the valley, hoping to enjoy a pleasant stroll in the pines along a creek, I was disappointed to learn that I would be hiking in an exposed canyon with virtually no shade.

The trail was either an uncomfortable hike in hot sand (my dog had a tough time burning his pads on the sand) or an equally uncomfortable hike along river rocks in and along the dry Chevelon Creek.

And that's where there was a trail. I had a tough time finding the trail several times, as it crossed the creekbed three times ... all but one of which was nearly impossible to find.

After about a mile hiking upstream finally the creek was full of water. It was deep and clear and made for a refreshing swim. There was water in the creek all the way from the "ant meadow" to Durfee Crossing. This part of the hike was much more pleasant but still featured some difficult to follow spots.

Along the entire trip, I had to make numerous attempts to find the trail ... there are plenty of wildlife trails, but nowhere on this hike was there ever an official trail sign of any kind. There were a few places where cairns marked the way, but more often than not, a cairn appeared where there was no problem finding the trail, but when the trail became faint, there were no cairns to be found.

The good thing is that it is a canyon, and getting lost is impossible unless you climb out of the canyon. But I for one prefer to hike on a halfway-well-maintained trail. And next time I head up to the rim for a hike, I'll stick to the pines and soft footing of any of a number of other more pleasant hikes than this one.

GPS track on my computer map shows 1.9 miles each way. I logged 2.7 on the way out (lots of lost trail backtracking) and got to Durfee Crossing in a bit over an hour. On the return to the trailhead, I logged 2.0 miles and was back in about 40 minutes.
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