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Telephone Ridge Trail #103 - ChevelonPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Backpack9.50 Miles 1,300 AEG
Backpack9.50 Miles2 Days         
1,300 ft AEG
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We hit Chevelon last year and had such a wonderful time we decided to make a return trip with a larger group. We put together a great group of ten people and spent a night in the canyon with relatively perfect weather other than the wind.

A group of five of us in two vehicles left Tempe on Saturday morning and made the drive to the trailhead. The road in is in good shape as long as you pick careful lines and avoid the handful of muddy holes. We met FOTG & Jackie at the trailhead and hiked down soon after. The hike in is very short but steep and only takes about 20 minutes. Once down we set up camp and settled in. From there Claire, Nick, Joelle & myself went down canyon for Chevelon Lake. We took our time as we took a variety of pics and took a break at the lake to enjoy a cold beer. From there we hiked back to camp & settled in for the evening.

Once back at camp we met the entire group except Almal who was still fishing. He returned soon after carrying a large Brown Trout! It was an amazing catch and there was plenty to go around. I watched him clean the fish and then prep it for cooking over the fire. He added garlic, butter & seasoning and was cooking the trout soon after. The rest of us cooked dinner as well. Some people brought dehydrated dinners and others brought hot dogs. It was a very active scene with all the food over the fire. Once the trout was cooked we all dug in and it was spectacular! The catch was fresh and it tasted like Salmon. So delicious! After dinner we spent the rest of the evening enjoying the fire and cold beers.

We woke on Sunday and had a lazy morning. Everyone made breakfast and then started packing up camp. From there it was time to hike back to the rim. The hike up is steep but fairly short. I would guess everyone was back on the rim before 11am. After that it was every car for themselves. Claire, Darren & myself made the drive out & made a quick loop of Woods Canyon Lake before returning to Phoenix.

This was a really fun weekend with a great group and some mellow hiking. It’s a nice change of pace after hitting the LCR last weekend and carrying all the water. I’d like to return again next year but I want to camp farther up canyon. Thanks everyone for coming out it was a lot of fun!
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