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Aug 15 2020
jillyonanadventure
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Telephone Ridge Trail #103 - ChevelonPayson, AZ
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The road was a bit questionable (muddy, ruts, rocky) but made it fine in a Subaru. The route getting down into the canyon is an easy to follow set of steep switchbacks with little to no shade. Once we reached the bottom that’s where the official route pretty much ends, so it’s choose your own adventure. We explored around, and there was a pretty pool down on the right and some nice campsites down there as well. We tried to continue on but it become dry and bushwhacky so we headed back the other way. We knew we could reach the canyon if we continued on about 3-4 miles, but it was super hot and overgrown and we weren’t feeling it. We opted to call it quits on this route and try a different location. The exit midday was torture since it was so hot and buggy. I was wearing an “I’d hike that” tank top and a couple deciding whether to continue down asked if I stand by the statement on my shirt. I think the look on my face said it all, but I did get a nice chuckle out of it! :lol:
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Telephone Ridge Trail #103 - ChevelonPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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We had looked at doing this trail for quite some time. We even tried last April and found the roads closed still from the winter and had to pick an alternate hike once we arrived on the rim. This time, I called ahead and was assured the roads were open for the season. The drive to Telephone Ridge was easy and accessible for most any vehicle but took some time due to rough roads. The path down from the top was easy to find and extremely steep. This made it slow moving for our little ones. We took children with us ages 4 to 18 and all of them were able to make the hike carrying backpacks. Once in the meadow at the bottom, we stopped under a tree for a rest before continuing on to our campsite for the next couple days. From there it became a little more difficult. We crossed the creek and struggled finding a route for about a mile and a half up stream. Eventually, we came to a nice campsite near the creek and spent the next couple nights there. On our hike out, we discovered that we had crossed the creek too soon and a more clear trail exists on the west bank of the creek. The hike out turned out to be much more enjoyable and required far less bushwhacking than our adventure in. The hike back up to Telephone Ridge was difficult but with a few breaks along the way, we all made it.
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May 18 2019
LindaAnn
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Telephone Ridge Trail #103 - ChevelonPayson, AZ
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Took the kids down to Chevelon Creek for a short little backpack. Cool & sunny on our descent. The trail has some loose sand in places, but the kids did fine, even with the steepness. After we set up our tents, we wandered around for the afternoon and the kids played in the meadow. They splashed around in the water a little, but it was too chilly for much of that.

Cool & cloudy this morning, but no wind until we got back out of the canyon. The kids held a slow, steady pace on the uphill, and there was almost no complaining. Fun weekend!
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Jun 30 2018
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Telephone Ridge Trail #103 - ChevelonPayson, AZ
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Nice dayhike with friends and the dogs. The sandy trails may be a little warm for the mutts right now but it stays fairly shady upstream so it wasn't too bad. Beautiful day in general. I packed out a couple painted rocks-- this fad has got to stop.

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Jul 02 2017
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Chevelon Creek, AZ 
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We got to the end of FR119 at about 7pm on Sunday after being held up in traffic on 87 for an hour by a brush fire that was caused by someone's trailer towing truck catching fire and pulling over onto the shoulder. We dropped down the ridge quickly and camped in the meadow below by the creek. Next day we did some leisurely day hikes along the creek and explored the area. Such a beautiful canyon! Laying in the dark on the meadow watching the moon and the stars was so much better than the 110 degree heat in the valley :) We packed up early the 2nd morning and hiked back up the ridge. Traffic back into the valley wasn't bad considering it was 4th of July.
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Telephone Ridge Trail #103 - ChevelonPayson, AZ
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Hiking5.51 Miles 1,179 AEG
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After a brief vacation in early summer, I decided to go back to graduate school (part time). So after work everyday, instead of reading and writing triplogs on HAZ, I do homework. Booooo.
So all that to say, I'm finally starting to post some of my weekend hikes from the past couple of months!

This was my first time to Chevelon Creek. It was wonderful. We spent Saturday night at the Chevelon Lake campground, hoping to use a fire ring under category 1 fire restrictions in Apache-Sitgreaves NF. However, when we arrived, the camp host had created handwritten notes on all the picnic tables that they were enforcing a no-campfire policy. Fair enough. As a side note, I was surprised by how many insects there were here. We were swarmed as we cooked up some carne asada tacos.
Anyway...The next morning, we hiked down Telephone Ridge. We made our way along the creek for a short while until we found a nice spot to sit down with our feet in the water and read books while the clouds blew in. There were great flows in the creek.

Note about the access road: it's in great shape. We took a low-clearance passenger vehicle on it, no problem. Of course, after some monsoon rains, it might be pretty rough.
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May 20 2017
John9L
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Telephone Ridge Trail #103 - ChevelonPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Headed back to Chevelon for what has turned out to be an annual event. A group of eight of us had a wonderful time enjoying this amazing canyon!

Several of us met at the trailhead on Saturday morning and made the hike in. The Telephone Ridge Trail is very short with a solid drop into Chevelon Canyon. Once down we set up camp and spent a few minutes relaxing before making a day hike up canyon. It’s very easy going and very scenic. There are use trails along the shore for the most part but they thin out as you continue south. After a couple of hours of exploring we turned around and headed back to camp where we settled in for the evening with a wonderful campfire.

The next day started slowly as we were in no rush. Everyone enjoyed breakfast around the campfire and then packed up camp. The hike out took more effort as you climb out of the canyon. It’s over by the time you have a good sweat going. We were all back to the trailhead by late morning and said our goodbyes.

I really enjoy Chevelon. It’s a nice change of pace as this is a very easy hike. Thanks to everyone for coming out.
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May 20 2017
Tough_Boots
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Easy weekend with friends and dogs.
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Another spring weekend at Chevelon Creek. This time I explored the fantastic Slim Jim Ridge, an unusually long, straight, and narrow butterknife ridge with fantastic views of Chevelon Creek below.

There's an interesting structure at the top of the ridge that hasn't been used in several years. Perhaps Slim Jim used to live there!?

I decided to wing it on the way back down, choosing a very steep descent across from Larsen Ridge into the lower part of Long Tom Canyon. As always, the creek route back to camp was perfect.

Never any complaints here.
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Telephone Ridge Trail #103 - ChevelonPayson, AZ
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Whitney & I were wanting a weekend away from husbands and kids, but weren't actually wanting to work too hard. I tossed out a few easy suggestions, and this fit the bill. I had not been on this trail since 2005 (although an unreliable source says it was 2007, but this is why he's unreliable), and didn't really remember much about it, but recalled that I did enjoy it each time I camped down here.

FR119 has some deep ruts and holes, but is manageable when dry in a high-clearance vehicle, 4wd may be needed if wet or muddy. We got started around noon, it's a quick descent down to the creek, a little narrow in places but not bad, and picked a place to camp around 1:00. After that, we walked up and down the creek both directions from our camp, and I pointed out some of the other spots I've camped in the past. We also found some good places to bring the kids for swimming next summer. --Stats above include the mileage we walked along the creek.-- There are some fall colors, but they seem to be past peak already?

After that, we sat around and relaxed, not doing much of anything, then made dinner, enjoyed the moon rise, and went to bed as the fire died down. We headed back up to the car shortly after waking up this morning. Not a bad climb out, but warm in the sun even though it was in the 50's. Very enjoyable quick overnight trip!
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Telephone Ridge Trail #103 - ChevelonPayson, AZ
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I made my debut backpacking trip this weekend! Linda and I opted for a quick trip to the rim to check out Chevelon Canyon. We camped next to the creek, which was beautiful and peaceful. I enjoyed the full moon as it rose over the canyon last night. The climb out of the canyon today was quick and painless. It was a great first trip for me to test out the world of backpacking.
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Jun 24 2016
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Chevelon Creek - Larson Ridge RoutePayson, AZ
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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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May 22 2016
Tough_Boots
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This was a pretty nice relaxing weekend-- no big miles or crazy adventures for me. I met up with ALMAL and Chumley to car camp Friday night and then we met up down in Chevelon Canyon the next morning with Lee, Jackie, John, Claire, and a few of their friends. Who would have thought? John and Claire have other friends?

I explored a bit upstream later in the day and then everyone met back up for a nice fire. ALMAL caught a fish almost as big as the marlin Chumley caught down there last year. We had almost as many dogs as we did people so the chances of seeing wildlife were pretty slim. We got around fairly early and headed out.
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I got an invite from Chumley on this one. Friday evening I met up with Kyle and Lily at the car camping spot near 180 & 119. The wind was howling. Chumley showed up around 10PM, cut down a tree, chopped it up,and got the fire going strong. Saturday morning Chumley drove us all to the trailhead. I Hope the video turned out OK. I tried the steep route on the way down, and not too bad. A quick camp setup and I was headed off upstream to look for fish. I can't believe how much trash is left all along this creek.
It was a long windy day and my camera shot craps on me. Almost back to camp around 6:30PM I managed to catch my one and only fish all day. It was worth waiting for...
Getting back into camp I met John and Claire, their friends, Lee and Jackie, and a bunch of pups. We cooked the fish on the fire and I think all were able to sample. The wind let up a bit at night, but returned strong Sunday morning. The hike out ended by 10:30 and everyone dispersed. Good folks, good times, maybe less wind next time.
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John9L
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We hit Chevelon last year and had such a wonderful time we decided to make a return trip with a larger group. We put together a great group of ten people and spent a night in the canyon with relatively perfect weather other than the wind.

A group of five of us in two vehicles left Tempe on Saturday morning and made the drive to the trailhead. The road in is in good shape as long as you pick careful lines and avoid the handful of muddy holes. We met FOTG & Jackie at the trailhead and hiked down soon after. The hike in is very short but steep and only takes about 20 minutes. Once down we set up camp and settled in. From there Claire, Nick, Joelle & myself went down canyon for Chevelon Lake. We took our time as we took a variety of pics and took a break at the lake to enjoy a cold beer. From there we hiked back to camp & settled in for the evening.

Once back at camp we met the entire group except Almal who was still fishing. He returned soon after carrying a large Brown Trout! It was an amazing catch and there was plenty to go around. I watched him clean the fish and then prep it for cooking over the fire. He added garlic, butter & seasoning and was cooking the trout soon after. The rest of us cooked dinner as well. Some people brought dehydrated dinners and others brought hot dogs. It was a very active scene with all the food over the fire. Once the trout was cooked we all dug in and it was spectacular! The catch was fresh and it tasted like Salmon. So delicious! After dinner we spent the rest of the evening enjoying the fire and cold beers.

We woke on Sunday and had a lazy morning. Everyone made breakfast and then started packing up camp. From there it was time to hike back to the rim. The hike up is steep but fairly short. I would guess everyone was back on the rim before 11am. After that it was every car for themselves. Claire, Darren & myself made the drive out & made a quick loop of Woods Canyon Lake before returning to Phoenix.

This was a really fun weekend with a great group and some mellow hiking. It’s a nice change of pace after hitting the LCR last weekend and carrying all the water. I’d like to return again next year but I want to camp farther up canyon. Thanks everyone for coming out it was a lot of fun!
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May 21 2016
chumley
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Larson Chevelon Loop, AZ 
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Nice quick overnight to Chevelon creek from the Telephone trail. Glad ALMAL was able to make it as we would have all starved without his monster catch! :app:

Absolutely delicious fish and damn near 20" which is pretty good for a trout in my book. Surprisingly popular down there this weekend, with a non-wilderness-approved group of boy scouts, and at least 3 other groups of 2. Some possibly more amorous and revealing than others. :o

I learned a lot about how to catch fish as well as those toys in the crane vending machines at walmart. Gonna put that to good use in the future! :)

Saturday I headed upstream to Larson Ridge and hiked the ridge road for a while before dropping back down to the creek. Enjoyed a few miles along the creek. Multiple awesome fishing holes and campsites along the way. For the most part there is a use trail away from the creek that allows for fairly high-speed travel, but of course the highlights are along the creek, and that's a bouldery, slower-moving route.

I now only have about 4 miles of Chevelon Canyon between Woods Canyon and the lake that I haven't hiked. Should be able to knock that out in a relatively easy day sometime.

Good to see Joelle and Nick again, and to meet Darren. Thanks to 9L for the planning, yadda yadda.

*stats are only for the saturday day hike as described and shown on the linked gps track.
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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 16 2015
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Really fun easy weekend. I almost thought we weren't going to make it up there with all the snow between us and the trailhead. None of us admitted it until we got to camp that we were all thinking on the drive up that we should turn around. Its a good thing we didn't-- everything turned out perfect. Its an easy hike down to the creek and beautiful campsites are all over the place. This was Lily's first hike with her own backpack. It wasn't no thang for her.

I hadn't realized what serious fishermen Chumley and 9L are-- man, they really know what they're doing.
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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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This was my first trip to Chevelon Canyon and I was blown away by the diversity and beauty of the area.

We drove up on Saturday morning and were greeted to relatively heavy snow on FR300. The road was in decent shape and there was an endless parade of cars, trucks and RV's on their way out. We got a good laugh at a Honda Civic making for the exit. I thought for sure it would get stuck. Along the drive all of us thought to ourselves this might be a bad idea but it was fine. It helped that we followed FR169 farther north to FR119. We took FR180 out on Sunday and this road was a mud hole and slow going.

We parked at the trailhead and snow was all over the place. The sun was shining through and melting the snow fast. We made a muddy decent down the Telephone Ridge Trail and selected the campsite to the right. We set everything up and then made the walk down canyon to Chevelon Lake. The going is relatively easy and we passed a herd of 20 female elks. The lake looked so inviting for swimming and I wish I had a kayak. We eventually returned to camp and set in for the evening with a fire and good beer and good company. It was a little chilly away from the fire but I expected much worse.

The next day was a relaxing morning. We all woke on our own and chilled around the fire. Around mid-morning Chumley, Claire and I hiked up canyon. This was another relaxing hike and you have to cross the creek a few times. We all ended up getting our feet wet because it was much easier and quicker. At roughly 1.5 miles up canyon Chumley took off for the rim to explore an exit route. Claire and I continued another half mile and found more cool campsites with log couches and good fishing/swimming hole. I could spend days down here!

Later in the day we all regrouped at camp and then packed up and made the hike out. The hike back to the truck was only 1.2 miles and about 800 ft up. We all joked that this is the shortest backpacking trip we've ever done. It was well worth it!
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