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Areas in Christopher Creek Gorge

Bend Wall, The 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Butterfly Wall 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Canyoneers Wall 2 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Central Gorge North 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Central Gorge South 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Confluence Wall 4 / 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 10
Exit Gorge 6 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 9
Memorial wall 3 / 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 10
Mordor 2 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Southern Wall 7 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 11
Tonto Wall 2 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Upper Terrace 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Waterfall Area 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
Yodel Wall 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
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 updates from manuel rangel
Admins: Greg Opland, Luke Bertelsen, JJ Schlick
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Description [Suggest Change]

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.

Getting There [Suggest Change]

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

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 3
The Night's Watch
Trad 2 pitches
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
 6
Pool Party
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 4
Frog Drop
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 15
Southern Comfort
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13
 15
Concierge
Sport
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 7
Never Forget aka Katelyn Conrad
Sport
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 5
Extraordinary Heroes aka Andrew Ashcraft
Sport
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 19
Black Lung
Sport
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 5
Eye of Sauron
Sport
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 7
Southern Bell
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 3
Goodbye Mr. Chips
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13
 3
Path of Totality
Trad
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 7
Layin' in the Shade
Sport
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 3
Grandpa's Watching
Trad
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
 3
Lock and Key
Trad
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
The Night's Watch Waterfall Area
 3
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 2 pitches
Pool Party Canyoneers Wall
 6
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c Sport
Frog Drop Confluence Wall
 4
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Southern Comfort Southern Wall
 15
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Concierge Southern Wall
 15
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13 Sport
Never Forget aka Katelyn Co… Memorial wall
 7
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
Extraordinary Heroes aka An… Memorial wall
 5
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
Black Lung Southern Wall
 19
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Eye of Sauron Mordor
 5
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Sport
Southern Bell Southern Wall
 7
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Goodbye Mr. Chips Confluence Wall
 3
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Path of Totality Waterfall Area
 3
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13 Trad
Layin' in the Shade Southern Wall
 7
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Sport
Grandpa's Watching Southern Wall
 3
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad
Lock and Key Canyoneers Wall
 3
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
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arjunmh
Phoenix & Prescott, AZ
arjunmh   Phoenix & Prescott, AZ
Great additions to this general area! Have had a blast exploring it all recently. Thanks much all. Also, I found one of your small crowbars at the base of El Patron, or thereabouts. Put it with your stash of wire brushes, etc. on the small ledge -- you presumably know where that is. Jun 17, 2016
arjunmh
Phoenix & Prescott, AZ
arjunmh   Phoenix & Prescott, AZ
Cautionary note: Many wonderful 1/2 days back in this area over the past few weeks while based nearby. Mostly excellent climbing, but also much loose rock and flaky lichen. The routes will clean up with traffic, but in the meantime climb cautiously. I pulled loose rock off routes in Exit Gorge and Confluence Wall and helped clean up stuff on the Southern Wall. Didn't get to Memorial, but explored nice stuff upstream.

Will post video of the massive block I knocked off El Patron. Jun 15, 2017
Aaron Collins
Santan Valley, AZ
Aaron Collins   Santan Valley, AZ
youtu.be/RK_ZjK6rO6g
This a drone shot of CCG shot by my buddy Stan. Apr 16, 2018

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