Leslie Gulch Oregon Desert Trail Hike

Event Date
Event Contact

Tim Davis, Friends of the Owyhee

Please email owyheefriends@gmail.com for trip sign up or call (541) 212-1907.

A confirmation email will be sent with 5 days after receiving an email, with that email a Participation Waiver and Release Agreement will be sent for you, which should be sent back by email or to be brought in person. Extras will be at camp if you forget it.

Based on RSVPs, open spaces will be backfilled with people from the wait list. One week before the trip begins, the trip leader will send out an e-mail with additional information, maps, driving instructions, car-pooling options etc. However, if you have any questions in the meantime, please don't hesitate to contact the trip leader.

Car camp at Solcum Creek Campground in Oregon and hike Juniper Gulch.

In 1882, a cattle rancher, Hiram E. Leslie, was struck by lightning while working in what was then known as Dugout Gulch; thus, the area was renamed Leslie Gulch. The most striking features of Leslie Gulch are the diverse and often stark, towering and colorful geologic formations. The Leslie Gulch Tuff (consolidated volcanic ash), makes up the bulk of these formations. The talus slopes and unique soils of Leslie Gulch supports a number of rare plant species.

This trip will be led by Tim Davis with help from Renee Patrick. Renee is the Oregon Desert Trail Coordinator. We will hike 2 small sections of the Oregon Desert trail.

Expect a 5-10 mile hike each day in a rocky drainage/uneven ground, the ODT is not a maintained trail.

Expect cool days and chilly nights. Expect to have mud in spots on the trail.

· Learn about the Oregon Desert Trail from Renee Patrick, Oregon Desert Trail Coordinator.

· April weather is highly variable, so come prepared for just about anything.

· Explore new landscapes in and around Leslie Gulch

· Leslie Gulch/Slocum Creek Campground is a great base for explorations

· Possible seasonal water flows in drainages

· Muddy Shoes

· Wildflowers

· Please note there is no Cell Phone Coverage in the Owyhee.

Friday April 21: We will meet at Leslie Gulch/Slocum Creek Campground by 6pm. Arriving before dark gives everyone a chance to get settled and talk about the plans for the weekend ahead.

Saturday April 22: We will leave camp at 9am and hike Juniper Gulch. This hike will be most of the day. We will do some other exploration off of the ODT.

Sunday April 23: We will leave camp at 9am, drive to Three Finger Gulch and hike a short distance up Canyon with some other exploration off of the ODT.

We will return to camp, pack up and leave late afternoon.

We will be camping at Leslie Gulch/Slocum Creek Campground

Click here for directions from Nampa/Boise: https://goo.gl/maps/zX1uM1cSpLQ2

Click here for Directions from Ontario: https://goo.gl/maps/p7n2VpgLfsC2

For a more scenic route through Succor Creek Canyon: https://goo.gl/maps/z6EZUUNgTj42

Participants are responsible for their own food, camping gear, and transportation to and from the trip. We can try to arrange carpooling options if wanted/needed.

Friends of the Owyhee provide excellent guidance in the field, and a number of group camp items to make things more comfortable (firewood, table, shade/rain tarp, etc.). First aid kit and Emergency Spot beacon is provided as well.

Group size is limited to 12 individuals. (Children no younger than 7 years of age)