Elevation: 5,000 ft
GPS: 34.317, -111.063 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Aaron Collins on Jul 26, 2015 with 2 Suggestions
Admins: Greg Opland, Luke Bertelsen, JJ Schlick

Description

Just downstream from the Christopher Creek Campground, behind the RC Boy Scout ranch, is the start of the gorge. It has been a canyoneering experience for most. A few routes exist compared to the amount of rock you can see. The north side of the canyon is sunny and makes a fun winter spot; the south side is shady and is better during the warm months. Forget going in July and August, too buggy and hot. The best parking is near the ADOT Yard (which will be removed spring of 2015). The road is closed at the gate but you may park on pavement until access is assured. The Access Fund and Concerned Climbers of AZ are working with the Tonto Natl Forest to maintain access. 

Many folks like to bring dogs to this beautiful riparian canyon. This creek flows into Tonto Creek and that flows into Roosevelt Lake, Phoenix's water supply. Please clean up after your dogs, pack your poop out, and keep your dog under your control. Nobody wants paws on their gear and ropes, nobody wants to deal with an aggressive dog off a leash. Please be considerate and keep control of your pet. It is not up to others to get along with your dog, it is your responsibility to care for and control your pet.

Getting There

From Payson, drive east on Hwy 260 until milepost 270.8ish and a paved exit on the right is your parking area. Park on the side of pavement and do not block the road. Walk through the cattleguard and head left on the powerline road to the east/start of main gorge or continue directly south to the Exit Gorge. Taking the trail to the right will take you to the Exit Gorge, Confluence Wall, Memorial Wall, etc.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Christopher Creek Gorge

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5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 3
High Water
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13
 22
Concierge
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 22
Southern Comfort
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 3
Dirty Poms Yacht Club
Trad 2 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 9
Never Forget aka Katelyn Conrad
Sport
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 7
Extraordinary Heroes aka Andrew…
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 27
Black Lung
Sport
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 7
Eye of Sauron
Sport
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 3
Peace Frog
Trad 2 pitches
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 4
Lightning Strike
Trad 2 pitches
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 12
Layin' in the Shade
Sport
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 6
Grandpa's Watching
Trad
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
 5
Memorial Day aka Shelly Windsor
Sport
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 4
Lock and Key
Trad
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 5
Chieftain
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
High Water Waterfall Area
 3
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Concierge Southern Wall
 22
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13 Sport
Southern Comfort Southern Wall
 22
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Dirty Poms Yacht Club Waterfall Area
 3
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 2 pitches
Never Forget aka Katelyn Co… Memorial wall
 9
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
Extraordinary Heroes aka An… Memorial wall
 7
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
Black Lung Southern Wall
 27
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Eye of Sauron Mordor
 7
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Sport
Peace Frog Waterfall Area
 3
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 2 pitches
Lightning Strike Waterfall Area
 4
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad 2 pitches
Layin' in the Shade Southern Wall
 12
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Sport
Grandpa's Watching Southern Wall
 6
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad
Memorial Day aka Shelly Win… Memorial wall
 5
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Lock and Key Canyoneers Wall
 4
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad
Chieftain Southern Wall
 5
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
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