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Chevelon Lake #180 - South Access
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Chevelon Lake #180 - South AccessPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 08 2018
MountainMatt
Hiking6.72 Miles 891 AEG
Hiking6.72 Miles   3 Hrs   46 Mns   1.80 mph
891 ft AEG      2 Mns Break30 LBS Pack
 
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Compared to the Weimer Ridge Trail this one is walk in the park, not that Weimer was hard but wow is this little path down to the lake/creek is almost a cheater, luckily the drive in is long and bumpy keeping out pseudo trucks, SUVs and the rest of the general riff raff.

With this visit I headed upstream for a few miles to uncovered ground for myself, I made my best attempt to stay off the beaten path but it seems like this area is hit hard by fisherman and sportsman alike.
I was told by locals that 10 years ago that you could walk for miles without seeing anyone down here and definitely never came across trash and over developed campsites around every corner but things have changed since then and Chevy is popular.
Nonetheless it’s a beaut and one of my favorite places to cool off on The Rim, I wandered into some side canyons and in one of them discovered a decomposing small elk calf most likely due to a lion kill.

Had a great encounter with a solid herd of 20-25 elk, mainly cows near a big wallow area near the canyons walls along the creeks marshy side flow.
My dog may love this place more than I as she munched on old elk heads, splashed in the water like a goof and ate every species of scat she could get her mouth on.

Again though the sand in Chevy and it’s entire vicinity is dangerously hot for a dogs paws, I’m not b.s. when I say it’s scalding hot to attempt to hold in your hands.
Luckily we had nice clouds and storms forming in the afternoon but our path of travel was either directly in the water or the grassy knolls, the sand was just way too hot for a pup.

I packed in something special on this hike and had a memorable moment soaking it in along an idyllic secluded spot along the creek, truly blessed.
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Chevelon Canyon Lake 76-100% full 76-100% full
Plenty of water but the "lowest water levels have been in years" according to a local yocal.
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