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Chevelon Lake #180 - South Access - 5 members in 14 triplogs have rated this an average 4.2 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Sep 18 2020
ALMAL
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Chevelon Lake #180 - South AccessPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Backpack avatar Sep 18 2020
ALMAL
Backpack9.78 Miles 368 AEG
Backpack9.78 Miles3 Days         
368 ft AEG
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Parked near the end of 119 and 180 intersection early Friday morning. Hiked 180 the four miles into Chevelon lake. Only one group camped near the roads end and nobody camped down at the lake. I followed the trail on past the first obvious campsite. Very trashed, broken glass, TP... The spot further down was better and had a better view without the muddy lake front property. There were a few guys launching float tubes and they were complaining about the mud. Seems like the water is really low. Had several drops of rain Friday afternoon but otherwise just cloudy. Right before dark, the buzz of mosquitos is super loud and they were thick, but not one bite. Saturday I hiked south along the creek a mile or two just fishing around and lounging in the hammock. Hiked out Sunday morning and had a dusty drive out.
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Aug 16 2020
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 Scottsdale
Chevelon Lake #611Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 16 2020
jillyonanadventure
Hiking2.99 Miles 720 AEG
Hiking2.99 Miles   4 Hrs   7 Mns   2.30 mph
720 ft AEG   2 Hrs   49 Mns Break
 
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We had originally intended to head to clear creek for a paddle for the day, but we got a later start than intended then had a dead battery, so we’ll be saving that for another day. Thank you to the family down the road for helping us get started. We headed out for the main entrance to Chevelon lake with hopes of it not being as busy on a Sunday. James carried his two person inflatable kayak down the steep hill and I carried the backpack with our stuff. It wasn’t too busy down there which was nice! However, he was missing a piece to the kayak so that plan didn’t happen. It weighs 80 pounds, so we were very appreciative to the people who offered to bring it back up on their trailer. We relaxed by the lake in the shade for a bit and watched some dogs playing in the water. Then we explored around the corner past the dam and found a nice big pool with no one there! We swam and cooled off for a bit before heading back up the hill.
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jillyonanadventure
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Chevelon Lake #180 - South AccessPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 15 2020
jillyonanadventure
Hiking2.50 Miles 482 AEG
Hiking2.50 Miles   3 Hrs   1 Min   1.55 mph
482 ft AEG   1 Hour   24 Mns Break
 
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Really had just wanted to take a dip away from the crowds so this was perfect! Road was not awful, but not great, so doable with some clearance. The route down to the water was super easy to follow and not that steep either! There were minimal people there and it was easy to get privacy! We walked along the shoreline until we reached a spot that looked calm enough to float. The water was super refreshing and the scenery was beautiful. We floated for a while until the sky started looking questionable and the winds picked up. Once it was too choppy float, we dried off and went back to camp. On the way out a snake fell out of James’ backpack :scared:
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Jul 08 2018
MountainMatt
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 Joined Jan 24 2016
 Arizona
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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te_wa
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 Mesa
Chevelon Lake #180 - South AccessPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Backpack avatar Sep 11 2016
te_wa
Backpack0.45 Miles 368 AEG
Backpack0.45 Miles
368 ft AEG8 LBS Pack
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so it's a rough road. and.... it's an unmaintained old ass road on top of the rim. gets a bunch of seasonal snow and rain. and mostly used by hunters in the fall. i never needed 4wd for any section of the 4 miles in, it was dry.
the trail leading down is the easiest, imho, of the 4 that reach the bottom of chevelon canyon in this area. a straight, mild grade about 1/2 mile to the bottom. here you can find plenty of hanging trees and a few eyesore campspots with fire rings, most of them not 1 yard off the trail. by the way, the fishing here sucks. don't go. it's a waste of time. go to woods canyon instead.

we saw no others at the bottom. caught and released several native trout, 13" being the smallest of the lot.
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not yet. saw only a few gamble oak. there may be other leafy foliage. boxelder perhaps, maple. predominately ponderosa.
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Jun 18 2016
Tsd906
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Chevelon Lake #180 - South AccessPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Kayak avatar Jun 18 2016
Tsd906
Kayak0.45 Miles 368 AEG
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368 ft AEG
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My Dad and I took my 4 YO son to Chevelon Lake to introduce him to camping and Kayaking. Nice 3 generation Father's Day camping trip! The last 4 miles of FR 180 were definitely high-clearance only. As my Dad said..."Keeps the Prius crowd out of there!" :y: Arrived at the end of FR180 and there were already folks camping at the best spot (Right on the edge of the canyon. :( So we made do at an adjacent spot and embarked on a great weekend filled with tents, hammocks, hikes, kayak, rock jumping and some Rye and cigars once jr. went to sleep! :D

Very nice local with a brown Doberman Pinscher (Tonto?) told us about the flat rock on the edge of the lake for some great swimming and jumping. Thank You! Heading back up there very soon. Might try the east side next time to get the seclusion we sought. Not sure about any trail down from the ridge on the east side though...more research needed.
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May 22 2016
chumley
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 Tempe, AZ
Chevelon Lake #180 - South AccessPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 22 2016
chumley
Hiking0.84 Miles 339 AEG
Hiking0.84 Miles      23 Mns   2.40 mph
339 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
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After spending an hour driving down the absolute cluster :pk: that is FR180 (I swear they are trying to make it impossible to get there!) I did a quick out n back to the lake. There were two people camped at the bottom and I think they were the guys Jackie and Lee spotted the day before. Just a guess though. :whistle:

Seriously though FR180 is so bad it's really indescribable. High clearance can make it without 4wd when it's dry, but many of the rutted puddles are deep and steep. It took me nearly an hour to go the 4 miles and I don't drive with a feather pedal. It was mostly dry today, but in wet weather, I wouldn't recommend it for anybody except the biggest trucks. Plenty of plastic bumpers and other car parts and remnants of homemade traction devices remain from where others have obviously gotten stuck before.

That said, there was a forrester and an escape at the trailhead, so it can be done.
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Aug 07 2015
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 Phoenix, AZ
Telephone Ridge Trail #103 - ChevelonPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Backpack avatar Aug 07 2015
nonot
Backpack17.00 Miles 2,500 AEG
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So I contacted everyone signed up for this trip, and we agreed to postpone it a week.

As it turns out, the trip went terrible, first of all the backpacking part was way too easy, down the short trail to a creekside camp. Then there was the horrible scenery, the old growth pines, the pristine creek with cool water, expansive meadows filled with wildflowers, who wants to put up with that? Then there is the fact that there is a pretty decent trail up and down the canyon, with access routes at Trail 180 and Larson Ridge. And it didn't even rain on me on Saturday. Glad all you folks avoided signing up.
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May 17 2015
chumley
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 Tempe, AZ
Chevelon Lake #180 - South AccessPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Took a quick trip up and back just to get a route posted on HAZ and some photo documentation. The end of the road is definitely high-clearance. Not sure what it looks like farther up.
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chumley
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Telephone Ridge Trail #103 - ChevelonPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Backpack avatar May 16 2015
chumley
Backpack15.19 Miles 3,045 AEG
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Super fun overnight in an amazing location. The drive in was an adventure with as much as 6 inches of snow. All the roads up there are completely destroyed. The rim road will be an absolute mess until it gets graded again. The car wash attendent is gonna hate me tomorrow. :y:

By the time we got to the trailhead, we had dropped enough elevation that the snow was patchy, and the hike went a bit slow due to the snow and mud. But camp was set up quickly and we tried our luck at fishing, but the midday light wasn't good so we headed downstream to the lake. There are two creek crossings but we managed both without getting wet. A few hours later, 9L and I tried our luck with the fish again, and this time luck was on our side. 9L struck first, and I followed up just a few minutes later! Woot! Dinner! :y:

In the morning we headed upstream and I investigated the Larson Ridge route that ALMAL had inquired about. Nice to know of alternative access point. Plenty of camp sites down here, and the first couple miles south was reminiscent of the Houston Brothers trail. I should come back here more often :)
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Chevelon Canyon Lake - South East Access AZ, AZ 
Chevelon Canyon Lake - South East Access AZ, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 05 2014
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Hiking37.08 Miles 3,458 AEG
Hiking37.08 Miles   13 Hrs   50 Mns   3.27 mph
3,458 ft AEG   2 Hrs   30 Mns Break
 
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I've never been to Chevelon Canyon lake so I whipped up a route using the HAZ route manger. I made a route from the intersection of FR99(AKA Wildcat RD) and SR260.
I went down FR99 to FR170 to FR90. The roads are very well marked up to the FR9517/90 turn. Then the signs are gone. FR90 is a like a peninsula. There are numerous roads that go to campsites, vistas or just nowhere.

The first stop for me was an awesome vista of Chevelon Canyon Lake / creek. I then went to where the topos showed a trail going down to the lake from the south/east side. I was skeptical if this trail existed or what shape it would be it.

The route took me right to an old little used trail that was not for the casually hiker. The trail is steep and has a couple of loose dirt sections. There was a couple of cairns the closer you got to the lake. I did a little exploring down at the lake. The lake was a lot longer and deeper than I expected. I thought I could cross over to the other side and check out the south west trail. I found a good lunch and started to eat. A couple of minutes later it started to rain. I was worried about the climb out, so packed up fast and headed out. I took a more rocky way out to avoid the slick trail. Near the top the trail got slick and I started to slide a bit. I’m glad I got out before it got worse.

Once on top, it stated to rain harder and I explored around looking for another good lunch spot. Second lunch was at a spot overlooking Weimer point.

The last item view spot on my agenda was almost across a ravine from the first view spot. I tried to cut across the ravine in a couple of spots, but none of them seem safe enough. so I keep on doubling back until I found one that was OK(which was back to back ravines).
The other side was a smaller peninsula had at least 2 loops and a couple of abandoned jeep roads. The view was of the first view spot of the hike. By now the rain started up again and didn't stop. As I got closer to the jeep, it started to rain harder :( .

I’m fascinated by the Chevelon Canyon / Lake area. I think I’ll be back to explore the canyon some more, possibly the telephone ridge trail.
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Jun 21 2014
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 mesa, az
Telephone Ridge Trail #103 - ChevelonPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Backpack avatar Jun 21 2014
chicarex
Backpack2.50 Miles 700 AEG
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Did my 1st backpack trip of this year. Wanted to maybe get some fly-fishing in as well, so I found this hike on here and decided this would be the one. What a workout, it is only about 1.25 miles one way, but it is almost straight down and then back up again. I just recently lost about 35 lbs. in the past couple months and thought I was getting in shape. This hike showed me how much more I had to go.
The trail looks like it had been cleared and all the down trees cut away. I know previous trip logs talked about climbing under downed trees. The actual trail was quite nice. The trek to the bottom was well worth it, the bottom was spectacular and even though the water level was really low, there was plenty of water. Midday was very warm so there was a lot of looking for shaded areas to throw the line in. No luck on the fish, but it is always fun trying. There were quite a few primitive fire ring camping spots all down stream. If I had more time, would like to have gone all the way to Chevelon lake. Will definitely be doing this one again, just maybe a little earlier in the year, to beat the heat.
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chumley
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Chevelon Lake #180 - South AccessPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 24 2006
chumley
Hiking1.00 Miles 375 AEG
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Daytrip down to the lake for some boating, fishing, and exploring along the shore. Yes, on a Saturday in June, I think we saw 2 other people. The key is to avoid the dam area.
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Chevelon Lake #180 - South AccessPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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chumley
Car Camping1.90 Miles 375 AEG
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Another cool trip up north exploring the area around Chevelon as well as a stop at Woods Canyon to remind me why I hate it so much.
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