Ellison Creek, Arizona, US
||V (for normal flows)
You will most likely be able to catch this bad boy during the monsoon months (aug-sep).
Unless there is an epic winter, then it would be reliable.
A short hike to a park and huck fall and slide downstream.
-This saw it's first descent on Aug 7th, 2007. There where some very localized rains, and it
rose big. Cody Howard was able to solo this section early that morning. The run is
really just two large drops. The first drop (your put in drop) is Ellison Creek Falls.
It is anywhere from 30-40 feet tall is is tricky
. Cody was able to put in 3/4 of the
way up and run it clean 5 out of 5 times. There is a MASSIVE log at the bottom. So this
is the first problem. The next is the entrance, it is tight and looks like it will take your
The second part of the run is a long tricky slide into the East Verde. If you are there and
it is running.....check it out. It is pretty cool. This will drop you into the East
Verde, from there you will either run it down to the CG or hike out.
Put In / Take Out: Drive up Houston Mesa Rd. Cross over the East Verde (the first bridge you
will come to) and then continue up the road. Here you will come to a road crossing. The
East Verde flows over the road here. This is where you will park (on either side, depending
on the flow). Just up the road from here there is a dirt rd on the right. Hike this for
1 mile until you see the falls on your right. This is the put in. Above the falls is
private property. So don't go up there. If you reach the 2nd gate on that rd, well
you've gone to far too. The falls is right below there. You'll hear it. Don't
worry. An alternative is to put in on the East Verde (rd xing), run it down like .5
miles and then you will see Ellison Creek entering from RL. Hike up to the falls and run it
down from there.
Here is the Video:
Huckin Huge Ellison Creek Video
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