Chevelon Canyon

Winslow, Arizona

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This is a backpack into a little-visited canyon with a trout stream coursing through it. This backpack is an 8.4-mile hike upstream to Chevelon Canyon Lake, a man-made reservoir. There is no formal trail, but fisherman, day hikers, and wildlife have made paths that follow the course of the creek. A few stream crossings are necessary, so this hike would not be possible during periods of high water. The easy route passes beaver ponds, swimming holes, and grassy campsites amid ponderosa pine, Fremont cottonwood, New Mexican locust, and other riparian species. Be wary of poison ivy. Elk and mule deer are common, and at night it’s not unusual to hear a beaver slapping its tail on the water.

Chevelon Canyon Professional Review and Guide

"This is a backpack into a little-visited canyon with a trout stream coursing through it. This backpack is an 8.4-mile hike upstream to Chevelon Canyon Lake, a man-made reservoir. There is no formal trail, but fisherman, day hikers, and wildlife have made paths that follow the course of the creek. A few stream crossings are necessary, so this hike would not be possible during periods of high water.

The easy route passes beaver ponds, swimming holes, and grassy campsites amid ponderosa pine, Fremont cottonwood, New Mexican locust, and other riparian species. Be wary of poison ivy. Elk and mule deer are common, and at night it’s not unusual to hear a beaver slapping its tail on the water."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Winslow
Distance: 16.8
Elevation Gain: 220 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Backpack
Season: Best May to October
Trailhead Elevation: 6,200 feet
Top Elevation: 6,400 feet
Local Contacts: Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, Black Mesa Ranger District
Local Maps: USGS Chevelon Crossing; USFS Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to Chevelon Canyon

Recent Trail Reviews

8/29/2009
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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.


6/22/2006
1

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.


5/27/2003
1

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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