Day Hike - Leslie Gulch & Juniper Gulch Trail


Day Hike - Leslie Gulch & Juniper Gulch Trail

Explore and photograph spectacular high desert scenery, fall color, wildlife, dramatic unique rock formations and night sky in SE Oregon's Owyhee Canyonlands.

  • Moderate/Strenuous
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 6.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,200 ft

Meet at Slocum Creek campground - Fri  1pm; Sat & Sun 8am

Rescheduled from October 26-28 to May 17-19, 2019. 

For members only. Minimum 3 participants.

Email leader with recent moderate hiking experience and interests in this trip (photo, naturalist, hiking only).  

Leisurely pace for photo opp stops and nature enjoyment.  Options for early and late light photography near camp. 

Primitive camping at Slocum Creek CG (Leslie Gulch) or at Succor Creek State Park.  Pack in vehicle 1 gal water per person for each day for trail and camp use.

Be aware of approx travel times to Leslie Gulch:  from Seattle 8-9 hours (via I82, I84, ID95); from Portland approx  7-8 hours (via I84, ID95).

Day hikes approx 5-7 miles/day:  Juniper Gulch / Yellow Jacket, Upper Leslie Gulch, Timber Gulch, Dago Gulch trails (or routes), and more.   If time and interest on Friday or Monday, options for half-to full day hikes  at other nearby trails/routes (near Leslie Gulch or S of Jordan Valley):  Sage Creek, Succor Crk SP, Steamboat Rock, North Fork Owyhee River Wilderness (S of Jordan Valley).

Leader will have trail descriptions from recommended guidebooks:  The Owyhee Canyonlands - An Outdoor Adventure Guide (Stuebner & Lisk); The Hiker's Guide to Greater Boise (Marchand)

Juniper Gulch trip report (from Idaho Alpine Zone):

 Upper Leslie Gulch hike description (from Hiker's Guide to Greater Boise):





Leslie Gulch & Juniper Gulch Trail

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
Trip Reports