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Chevelon Creek - Larson Ridge Route
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Chevelon Creek - Larson Ridge RoutePayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Backpack avatar Jun 24 2016
ALMAL
Backpack9.60 Miles 847 AEG
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I couldn't wait any longer to get back down to Chevelon. I mean, I miss my campfire just like most folks, but where better to camp without a fire than Chevelon? Since I had Friday off work I decided to mix it up a bit. I made good time early in the AM with almost no traffic past Payson and up the rim. I drove 5.5 miles down 237 and parked. The first 3.5 miles would be no problem for cars. There are plenty of car camping spots in this stretch. After that there are few rough spots that will likely be sloppy when it rains hard. I loaded up the mountain bike and headed north. I probably could have driven another mile or so. I stashed the bike near the fallen tree that blocks the road. Most high clearance vehicles can make to this spot no problem. Few will make it past. There are plenty of car camping spots around. The hike was fairly fast with a bit of route finding after the trail drops down on the east side of the final "cul-de-sac camp spot". The trail is steep but short. Nice views are taken in along the way. I got off trail at the end and came down by some red tree flags instead of the cairn-ed terminus. I hiked upstream a ways, passed "wooden couch trash camp". The pots and pans have moved...
I found the nice spot further upstream empty and moved in for two nights. I managed to catch a decent brown trout before dark a bit further upstream, and released it. No fire! The sun came up early on Saturday. There was some sort of nest in the cliff across the creek from my camp, and these birds were so noisy. Maybe baby birds were hungry, or mom was trying to get them to fly and they didn't want to? I spent the day exploring first upstream a bit. The poison ivy really sets in and the trail gets more faint the farther upstream you go. Rain threatened after lunch. Rain fell after lunch. I saw two guys fly fishing near my camp later on still. No fire again!I hit the trail Sunday at 8:15 and made it back to my bike in just over an hour. The trail is steep, but somewhat easier to follow going uphill.
Overall, not sure how much if any time or effort this route saves you over Telephone ridge. Still, a neat way to go. I would bring poles next time if I was bringing a backpack.
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