Leslie Gulch & Juniper Gulch Trail

Explore spectacular high desert scenery, wildflowers, wildlife, dramatic unique rock formations and night sky in southeast Oregon's Owyhee Canyonlands.

getting there

From I-84, drive south on US 95. Two miles into Oregon, turn right (west) onto Succor Creek Road. In six miles, turn right (west) onto Leslie Gulch Road and follow it 10 miles to the Juniper Gulch Trailhead.

on the trail

The hike and off-trail up Juniper Gulch to the top of Yellow Jacket Peak is very scenic and fun.  Watch for wildlife - wild horses and bighorn sheep.   Follow a winding creek bed for one mile.  Volcanic tuff rock walls along trail.  Admire interesting catacomb rock formations and side canyons.  This is a photographer's paradise.  Swiss-cheese-like formations.  At one mile, the canyon starts to open up into sagebrush hills to the high ridge and Yellow Jacket for views of entire Leslie Gulch area.

          from The Owyhee Canyonlands: An Outdoor Adventure Guide


  • Guidebook: The Owyhee Canyonlands: An Outdoor Adventure Guide by Stuebner & Lisk (Boise Front Adventures 2013)
  • Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous
  • Length: 6.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,200 ft
  • 4,782 ft
  • USGS Rooster Comb
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