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Chevelon Creek - Larson Ridge Route
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Chevelon Creek - Larson Ridge RoutePayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 05 2017
MountainMatt
Hiking6.05 Miles 1,425 AEG
Hiking6.05 Miles   5 Hrs   46 Mns   1.48 mph
1,425 ft AEG   1 Hour   41 Mns Break25 LBS Pack
 
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With triple digit temperatures in the forecast I knew I had to escape the brain melt to enjoy water and cooler weather!
Car camped on top of Larson Ridge Thursday night to get a head start for my Cinco de Hike-O day since I had to come back to the valley to work this weekend as usual. :(

As described the Larson Ridge route is very steep but well traveled, to be exact it's 700ft in .65 miles from the edge to the canyon bottom.
But in a matter of moments it was over and I was greated with perhaps one of my new favorite places in Arizona!

The early morning was pure bliss, soft warm light, towering canyon walls and cool clear water made me one happy camper!

After some solid tripod time I leisurely roamed around splashing in pools and relaxing along the many scenic beaches and campsites.

The one thing I really enjoyed about this place was the rarity of easy walkable benches with plently of room all while residing inside a rather steep canyon, certainly a relaxing difference than the majority of Arizona canyons I've navigated through.

Before making the steep afternoon climb up Larson I found a nice swimming hole and fully submerged myself in the cold refreshing canyon water.
I proceeded to do the same for my dog since she is not the most willing of swimmers even though she certainly can.

The cool dunk was a good idea because even though the trek up was over quick it was nearly a foot forward and a foot up for awhile and had both my dog and I taking a quick nap in the shade once atop the ridge.

Fun day exploring a new place and I hope to be back in the area soon for an overnighter with some of the Hazzers!
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Chevelon Canyon
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Dry at the confluence of Chevelon Canyon.
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