Christopher Creek - 01. Box Canyon


Christopher Creek, Arizona, US

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01. Box Canyon

Usual Difficulty none (varies with level)
Length 5.4 Miles
Avg. Gradient 126 fpm
Max Gradient 350 fpm

The Little Lebowski Urban Achievers


The Little Lebowski Urban Achievers
Photo of Spencer Huff by Nathan Werner taken 10/26/17 @ low runnable level

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
TONTO CREEK ABOVE GUN CREEK, NEAR ROOSEVELT, AZ
usgs-09499000 100 - 1000 cfs IV-V+ 01h15m 119 cfs (running)
This gauge is just a reference. There isn't a gauge on Christopher Creek, but if you see Tonto spike above 100, you will be able to get down the creek.


River Description

A spectacular steep creek through a spectacular box canyon. This creek didn't start getting attention until Bret Howard, Roy Lippman, Tyler Williams, Hut Wade and Mark Knight attempted it first in '05. Roy broke his leg on the 4th or 5th drop (a 10-footer into a shallow pool). Evan Stafford, Kyle McCutchen and Todd G completed the first d shortly after. It has been on the radar of steep creekers, worldwide, ever since its opening and dramatic seasonal weather events.

Put InChristopher Creek Campground off the 260 about 21 miles east of Payson, AZ. Do not put in or linger at the Scout Camp (It is private property).
Take Out: On Tonto Creek at Bear Flats (may require a 4 wheel drive) or hike out at Spring Creek back to you car on the 260.

Photos and Video can be found here:
COKayaking: First Successful Descent Report  excellent descriptions and photos.
Huckin Huge Films: 2Descent Christopher Creek 
Huckin Huge Films: Risen Sun promo 

 


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Last Updated: 2018-10-17 15:28:40

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The Nihilist

Detail Trip Report  The Nihilist  @Christopher Creek 01. Box Canyon, AZ(335.73KB .jpeg)

Think Tight

Detail Trip Report  Think Tight  @Christopher Creek 01. Box Canyon, AZ(309.01KB .jpeg)

Getting Locked In

Detail Trip Report  Getting Locked In  @Christopher Creek 01. Box Canyon, AZ(388.19KB .jpeg)

You're out of your element

Detail Trip Report  You're out of your element   @Christopher Creek 01. Box Canyon, AZ(580.12KB .jpeg)

First step of three

Detail Trip Report  First step of three  @Christopher Creek 01. Box Canyon, AZ(4.24MB .png)

Boof, then get tight

Detail Trip Report  Boof, then get tight   @Christopher Creek 01. Box Canyon, AZ(5.83MB .png)

His Dudeness

Detail Trip Report  His Dudeness   @Christopher Creek 01. Box Canyon, AZ(5.37MB .png)

The Little Lebowski Urban Achievers

Detail Trip Report  The Little Lebowski Urban Achievers  @Christopher Creek 01. Box Canyon, AZ(129.48KB .jpeg)

First boof of many

Detail Trip Report  First boof of many  @Christopher Creek 01. Box Canyon, AZ(522.96KB .jpeg)


Gauge Information

Gauge Description:

This gauge is just a reference. There isn't a gauge on Christopher Creek, but if you see Tonto spike above 100 CFS, you will be able to get down the creek. A good flow for Christopher Creek is around 400 CFS on the Tonto Creek gauge (spiked).

 

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
TONTO CREEK ABOVE GUN CREEK, NEAR ROOSEVELT, AZ
usgs-09499000 100 - 1000 cfs IV-V+ 01h15m 119 cfs (running)
This gauge is just a reference. There isn't a gauge on Christopher Creek, but if you see Tonto spike above 100, you will be able to get down the creek.

RangeWater LevelDifficultyComment
100 -1000 cfs barely runnable-high runnable IV-V+ This gauge is just a reference. There isn't a gauge on Christopher Creek, but if you see Tonto spike above 100, you will be able to get down the creek.

Report - Reports of Christopher Creek 01. Box Canyon and related gauges

Reports give the public a chance to report on river conditions throughout the country as well as log the history of a river.

Reports

When River/Gauge Subject Level Reporter
Christopher Creek01. Box Canyon [AZ] Christopher Creek n/a Cody Howard
356d05h13m /Christopher Creek-Box Canyon [AZ] First boof of many 0 cfs Spencer Huff
356d05h16m /Christopher Creek-Box Canyon [AZ] The Little Lebowski Urban Achievers low runnable level Spencer Huff
356d05h17m /Christopher Creek-Box Canyon [AZ] His Dudeness low runnable level Spencer Huff
356d05h19m /Christopher Creek-Box Canyon [AZ] Boof, then get tight low runnable level Spencer Huff
356d05h21m /Christopher Creek-Box Canyon [AZ] First step of three low runnable level Spencer Huff
356d05h23m /Christopher Creek-Box Canyon [AZ] You're out of your element low runnable level Spencer Huff
356d05h25m /Christopher Creek-Box Canyon [AZ] Getting Locked In low runnable level Spencer Huff
356d05h26m /Christopher Creek-Box Canyon [AZ] Think Tight low runnable level Spencer Huff
356d05h28m /Christopher Creek-Box Canyon [AZ] The Nihilist low runnable level Spencer Huff

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Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.0Christopher Creek CampgroundN/APutin
0.6Mini GorgeIII
0.9RanchN/A
1.4AutobahnIV+Photo
1.5The Nihilist VWaterfall Photo
1.6The White RussianVPhoto
1.7Bunnie's DropIV+Photo
1.8Maude's DropVPhoto
1.9Donnie's DropVWaterfall Photo
2.0The Big LebowskiVWaterfall Photo
2.1The Little LebowskiVWaterfall Photo
2.3Spring CreekN/AAccess
2.4T DubN/APortage
2.5Log Jammin'VPortage Hazard
2.6Tonto Creek ConfluenceN/A
4.3Bear Flat SubdivisionN/A
5.4Bear Flat CampgroundN/ATakeout

Rapid Descriptions

Christopher Creek Campground (Class N/A)

The campground is about 1/4 mile down from the highway, so even if the gate is locked in the winter it is a fairly short walk to the creek.

Elevation: 5640 feet.



Mini Gorge (Class III, Mile 0.6)

A scenic gorge that drops about 50 feet in half a mile.

Elevation: 5605 feet



Ranch (Class N/A, Mile 0.9)

The creek levels out past some sort of ranch on river right.

Elevation: 5562 feet.



Autobahn (Class IV+, Mile 1.4)

First boof of many

First boof of many
Photo of Marshall Mcquillen by Nathan Werner taken 10/26/17

The excitement really starts here.  Get ready to be locked in, and get your fair share of excitment.

Elevation: 5510 ft.



The Nihilist (Class V, Mile 1.5)

The Nihilist

The Nihilist
Photo of Marshall Mcquillen by Ty Skoe taken 10/26/17 @ low runnable level

Also knowns as Roy's, but that doesnt fit the Big Leboski theme.



The White Russian (Class V, Mile 1.6)

Think Tight

Think Tight
Photo of Spencer Huff by Nathan Werner taken 10/26/17 @ low runnable level

Most people walk this thing, if you want to run it you better be skinny 



Bunnie's Drop (Class IV+, Mile 1.7)

First step of three

First step of three
Photo of Ty Skoe by Marshall Mcquillen taken 10/26/17 @ low runnable level

Also known as triple drop



Maude's Drop (Class V, Mile 1.8)

Boof, then get tight

Boof, then get tight
Photo of Nathan Werner by Marshall Mcquillen taken 10/26/17 @ low runnable level

Best to scout and run from river right, very dense set of brambles above. 



Donnie's Drop (Class V, Mile 1.9)

You're out of your element

You're out of your element
Photo of Spencer Huff by Nathan Werner taken 10/26/17 @ low runnable level

The last drop before the big boy 



The Big Lebowski (Class V, Mile 2.0)

His Dudeness

His Dudeness
Photo of Jeff Lewboksi by Spencer Huff taken 10/26/17 @ low runnable level

The dude abides 



The Little Lebowski (Class V, Mile 2.1)

The Little Lebowski Urban Achievers

The Little Lebowski Urban Achievers
Photo of Spencer Huff by Nathan Werner taken 10/26/17 @ low runnable level

No doubt the sweetest drop in the canyon, it makes navigating the Dude worth it, just for this drop.



Spring Creek (Class N/A, Mile 2.3)

Spring Creek comes in from river right very close to the end of the Box Canyon. It is fairly short but steep hike up this drainage to highway 260.

Elevation: 5200 feet.



T Dub (Class N/A, Mile 2.4)

The drops after the Lil Lebowski are not runnable, despite what you may think.  Begin a long and tricky portage puzzle, until the confluence of the tonto pretty much.  It is called T dub, because well, team work will be mandatory 



Log Jammin' (Class V, Mile 2.5)

A stout slide with a tight slot, it used to get run all the time, but the last time we ran it, which as far as I know was the last decent, a rock had shifted, closing the exit of the slot, and turning it into a portage



Tonto Creek Confluence (Class N/A, Mile 2.6)

Tonto Creek comes in from river right.  Average gradient is 60 feet per mile from here to Bear Flat Campground.

Elevation: 5125 feet.



Bear Flat Subdivision (Class N/A, Mile 4.3)

Private homes border the creek from here down to Bear Flat campground.

Elevation: 5000 feet.



Bear Flat Campground (Class N/A, Mile 5.4)

A road fords the creek from left to right.  The undeveloped campground is next to the road, on river right. 

Elevation: 4960 feet.




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