Geologic Wonders Of Succor Creek Canyon & Leslie Gulch – Part 2

As you may recall, Part 1 of this adventure focused on the exploration of Succor Creek Canyon.  Feel free to go back and review Part 1.  Part 2 will focus on Leslie Gulch.  Let’s keep exploring!

After driving 10 miles south of the Succor Creek State Natural Area campground, we arrived at the turn-off for Leslie Gulch.  As you can see, this area is equal parts scenery and desolation.  Don’t fret, though…the best is yet to come.

Succor Creek Leslie Gulch Outdoor Oregon
View at the junction of Succor Creek Road and Leslie Gulch Road.
Succor Creek Leslie Gulch Outdoor Oregon
View at the junction of Succor Creek Road and Leslie Gulch Road.

After travelling down the turn-off road for 7 miles, we came upon this sign at the top of the grade.  Originally named Dugout Gulch, it was changed to Leslie Gulch in memory of Hiram Leslie, a pioneer and cattle rancher from nearby Silver City, Idaho.  In 1882, Hiram died here after being struck by lightening.

Succor Creek Leslie Gulch Owyhee Reservoir Outdoor Oregon
At the top of the descent through Leslie Gulch to Owyhee Reservoir.

From this point on, the views would be nothing short of incredible.  Rock formations abound here, as do the opportunities to explore them more closely.  Side hikes can be done at Dago Gulch and Juniper Gulch.  Be cautious, though, as this is rattlesnake country.  Watch your step and be sure to inspect foot and hand holds before stepping/grabbing.  Take your time and enjoy passing through this amazing geologic masterpiece of a landscape.

Succor Creek Leslie Gulch Owyhee Reservoir Outdoor Oregon

Succor Creek Leslie Gulch Owyhee Reservoir Outdoor Oregon

Succor Creek Leslie Gulch Owyhee Reservoir Outdoor Oregon

Succor Creek Leslie Gulch Owyhee Reservoir Outdoor Oregon

Succor Creek Leslie Gulch Owyhee Reservoir Outdoor Oregon

Succor Creek Leslie Gulch Owyhee Reservoir Outdoor Oregon

Succor Creek Leslie Gulch Owyhee Reservoir Outdoor Oregon

Succor Creek Leslie Gulch Owyhee Reservoir Outdoor Oregon

Succor Creek Leslie Gulch Owyhee Reservoir Outdoor Oregon

Succor Creek Leslie Gulch Owyhee Reservoir Outdoor Oregon
The sole plot of private property in Leslie Gulch. The owners were working on renovating their cabin this day.

Succor Creek Leslie Gulch Owyhee Reservoir Outdoor Oregon

Succor Creek Leslie Gulch Owyhee Reservoir Outdoor Oregon

Succor Creek Leslie Gulch Owyhee Reservoir Outdoor Oregon

Succor Creek Leslie Gulch Owyhee Reservoir Outdoor Oregon

Owyhee Reservoir marks the end of the road, 15 miles from the turn-off at Succor Creek Road.  Slocum Creek Campground is located here, with shade structures, picnic tables, and pit toilets.  There is no drinking water, so be sure to bring plenty with you.

Succor Creek Leslie Gulch Owyhee Reservoir Outdoor Oregon
End of the road at Owyhee Reservoir.  Visitors have Slocum Creek Campground and a boat ramp available for use.

Succor Creek Road continues south from the Leslie Gulch turn-off and ends at US Highway 95.  From here, the closest town is Jordan Valley, 18 miles to the south.  While very small, gas and food are available here.  Jordan Valley also hosts the annual Big Loop Rodeo on the third full weekend in May.

Succor Creek Leslie Gulch Owyhee Reservoir Jordan Valley Outdoor Oregon
Jordan Valley, Oregon.

What else can I say?  This was yet another incredible journey and I highly recommend it!

 

For more information, please go to:

Leslie Gulch – Bureau of Land Management – Vale District

City of Jordan Valley

 

Feeling nostalgic? Revisit Part 1 here:

Geologic Wonders Of Succor Creek Canyon & Leslie Gulch – Part 1

 


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