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Chevelon Creek - Larson Ridge Route
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Chevelon Creek - Larson Ridge RoutePayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 09 2018
MountainMatt
Hiking10.71 Miles 1,664 AEG
Hiking10.71 Miles   7 Hrs   5 Mns   1.79 mph
1,664 ft AEG   1 Hour   5 Mns Break30 LBS Pack
 
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Wanted to revisit this gem after just flirting with it last visit.
With the literal hoards of people camped on Larson Ridge I figured there would be some backpackers down in the canyon which I expected but upon my arrival at the main sites I saw no trace of anyone!

Weather and conditions could not have been better so in the most prime of spots I set my pack down and did some cliff jumping and swimming while my dog nervously watched from above :)

I continued upstream and that is where I surprisingly had my only human encounter of the day.
I fisherman Steve and I met in a brush thicket in the bottom of a gnarly side canyon he just finished descending.
I believe we both thought one another was wildlife as it was the last place to see someone and the fresh heaping piles of bear scat everywhere just added to the primal instinct of wonder.

This place really is a true paradise and the further upstream seemed to have less visitors and still plenty of pools and scenery.
Returned to the cliffs for sunset photo time that was interrupted by a large bull elk crashing through the creek below, he and the cow elk I literally scared the piss out of earlier in the day were the only wildlife sightings of the hike.

Camped on Larson away from all the riff raff and enjoyed a great 24 hours outdoors.
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