by Stewart Aitchison & Bruce Grubbs (Falcon Guides)
© Stewart Aitchison & Bruce Grubbs/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.
If you are looking for a remote, secluded backpacking trip, Chevelon Canyon is the perfect place. A buddy and I went up on a non-holiday weekend and didn't see a soul along the trail or at the campground located at the trailhead. Make sure to follow the cairns closely as you can get lost very easily along the trail. There is a great open campsite about mid-way along the trail with a bench and fire ring (look for the bare tree and open field). We didn't make it all the way to the lake because we only stayed one night and got lost several times along the way which drained our energy. Overall a great hike and I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a somewhat challenging yet very enjoyable hike and doesn't mind being alone in the woods.
Wow. Chevelon Canyon is beautiful and rugged. Lots of water holes to swim and fish in. I wouldn't really recommend this hike for the unexperienced as the trail does disappear frequently and the bushwacking is difficult. We took 3 leisurely days to get up it and really could have taken longer as there is lots to see.
On Memorial Day weekend we saw only 3 other people, and two of them were within a half mile of the trailhead. Once we got 2 miles upstream, we were alone. The stream comes and goes, but in places is 20 to 40 feet wide and maybe 8 feet deep. It's tricky to stay on the trail and many stream crossings are required, but you can walk on the rocks and not get your feet wet. No mosquitoes but lot's of annoying little flies. My 13 year old Son and I had a great time in Chevelon Canyon.
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