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Christopher Creek Gorge

Arizona > Central Arizona

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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Aaron finishing bolting on Concierge Southern Wall CCG.
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http://www.merelyafleshwound.com/canyoneering/arizona/christopher-creek/
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Dan leading on Southern Comfort.
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Aaron on Black Lung Southern Wall CCG.
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Dan leads Southern Comfort Southern Wall CCG.
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Phil  on Southern Comfort
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An overview shot with Kohl's Ranch in the scene.
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Dan placing gear on Southern Comfort.
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A zoom in with some areas labeled
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arjunmh
Phoenix & Prescott, AZ
[Hide Comment] 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
[Hide Comment] 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
Queen Creek, Az
[Hide Comment] youtu.be/RK_ZjK6rO6g
This a drone shot of CCG shot by my buddy Stan. Apr 16, 2018
[Hide Comment] Hey all,

I lost a single la sportiva solution shoe (size 40.5) on the approach from the parking area. I went kind of a janky way without realizing there was a trail, so if anybody is stupid and went left to follow the creek down instead of following the trail to the right and comes across my shoe, I'd pay you $20 to get it back.

Thanks. Sep 27, 2020