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Christopher Creek Gorge Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 5,000'
Location: 34.31718, -111.06262 View Map  Incorrect?
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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.

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.

Climbing Season



Weather station 4.0 miles from here

54 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',8],['3 Stars',30],['2 Stars',15],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',3],['5.7',3],['5.8',13],['5.9',10],['5.10',17],['5.11',8],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Christopher Creek Gorge

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Christopher Creek Gorge:
Commitment aka Sgt Korthaus    5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   Memorial wall
Band of Brothers aka Corporal James    5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c     Sport, 75'   Memorial wall
Southern Comfort   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad   Southern Wall
Frog Drop   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 60'   Confluence Wall
Pool Party   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Canyoneers Wall
Extraordinary Heroes aka Andrew Ashcraft   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 60'   Memorial wall
Never Forget aka Katelyn Conrad   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 60'   Memorial wall
Black Lung   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport   Southern Wall
Bob's Chimney   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b R     Trad, 60'   Southern Wall
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Featured Route For Christopher Creek Gorge
Rock Climbing Photo: Mike Knarzer on the first pitch of Ride the Lichen...

Tres Viejos 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b  Arizona : Central Arizona : ... : Central Gorge South
At the tallest part of cliff a lone large boulder sits atop the second pitch. Pitch 1 starts on the right facing dihedral capped by a roof (go right); gear belay (5.8, 100'). Pitch 2 gain the small roof and make tricky moves to get above this, take the cracks straight up to another slight overhang and finish below the big boulder (5.10+, 100'). Pitch 3 wanders straight back to the wall to an obvious broken dihedral (5.9, 100'); go left 10' near top to large pine with sling....[more]   Browse More Classics in Arizona

Photos of Christopher Creek Gorge Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Dan leads Southern Comfort Southern Wall CCG.
Dan leads Southern Comfort Southern Wall CCG.
Rock Climbing Photo: merelyafleshwound.com/canyonee...
merelyafleshwound.com/canyonee...
Rock Climbing Photo: Aaron on Black Lung Southern Wall CCG.
Aaron on Black Lung Southern Wall CCG.
Rock Climbing Photo: Dan on leading Southern Comfort.
Dan on leading Southern Comfort.
Rock Climbing Photo: Dan on leading Southern Comfort.
Dan on leading Southern Comfort.
Rock Climbing Photo: Map to Christopher Creek Climbing Area
Map to Christopher Creek Climbing Area
Rock Climbing Photo: Southern Wall - Christopher Creek Gorge
Southern Wall - Christopher Creek Gorge
Rock Climbing Photo: Phil  on Southern Comfort
Phil on Southern Comfort
Rock Climbing Photo: Getting to CCG from the car the creek take 10-15 m...
Getting to CCG from the car the creek take 10-15 m...
Rock Climbing Photo: CCG
CCG
Rock Climbing Photo: merelyafleshwound.com/canyonee...
merelyafleshwound.com/canyonee...
Rock Climbing Photo: huckinhuge.com/2nd-d-christoph...
huckinhuge.com/2nd-d-christoph...
Rock Climbing Photo: Aaron finishing bolting on Concierge Southern Wall...
Aaron finishing bolting on Concierge Southern Wall...
Rock Climbing Photo: An overview shot with Kohl's Ranch in the scen...
BETA PHOTO: An overview shot with Kohl's Ranch in the scen...
Rock Climbing Photo: Dan leading on Southern Comfort.
Dan leading on Southern Comfort.
Rock Climbing Photo: A zoom in with some areas labeled
A zoom in with some areas labeled
Rock Climbing Photo: Aaron leading on Black Lung Southern Wall CCG.
Aaron leading on Black Lung Southern Wall CCG.
Rock Climbing Photo: Dan leading on Concierge Southern Wall CCG.
Dan leading on Concierge Southern Wall CCG.
Rock Climbing Photo: Aaron leading on Black Lung Southern Wall CCG.
Aaron leading on Black Lung Southern Wall CCG.
Rock Climbing Photo: Dan leading Southern Comfort.
Dan leading Southern Comfort.
Rock Climbing Photo: Colten finished Southern Comfort.
Colten finished Southern Comfort.
Rock Climbing Photo: merelyafleshwound.com/canyonee...
merelyafleshwound.com/canyonee...

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By arjunmh
From: Phoenix & Prescott, AZ
Jun 17, 2016
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.
By arjunmh
From: Phoenix & Prescott, AZ
Jun 15, 2017
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.

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