Leslie Gulch Adventure Weekend

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This is your chance to meet some new outdoor friends in a scenic setting. You are invited on a April 25-27 overnight car camping trip where we will hike, climb, boat and tell tall stories at the Leslie Gulch recreation area. The primary objective of this trip is to hike on and off-trail in the Leslie Gulch area which is located near Jordan Valley OR and possibly use motorized or NONmotorized boats to access a nice primitive hot spring a few miles up the Owyhee Reservoir and some great natural features on the opposite side of the reservoir. Leslie Gulch, a unique geological area is about a 1.5 hour (70 mile) drive from Boise. The rock formations and intricate canyons are spectacular in the spring. There are also world class rock climbing walls for those inclined. I have scheduled the trip in April because it is greening up. The Leslie Gulch area is low elevation which means it should have about the same daily temperatures as Boise. The current Owyhee Reservoir water level is 60 feet below full pool at 2610 feet and is slowly rising. Taking a boat to the hot spring is the most efficient way to get there but we could drive part way and hike if the water level stays below 2620.

The Plan: Leave Boise, Friday, April 25th and drive to Leslie Gulch via Marsing. You can find someone to car pool with or you can leave anytime you want if you are coming out on your own. The last 25 miles or so is on a good gravel road so just about any kind of vehicle can make it out there. We will make a car camp in the only designated campground. The free campground near the boat ramp at the end of the road has a vault toilet, campfire rings, picnic tables and a few shade shelters but no trees, drinking water or electricity. Most people will camp in tents but feel free to bring your pull behind camper or other camping vehicle. Friday night we will have a campfire and tell a few stories. Note: I will be looking for a person to go out the campground on Thursday evening or early Friday morning so they can reserve a few prime campsites next to each other. I will also be looking for someone with a motorboat to attend so we can access the hot spring easily and maybe shuttle hikers to the other side of the reservoir. The hikers will help pay for boat gas if they ride in a boat.

Saturday: Saturday morning people can do what they want but I will be leading 6-9 mile long off-trail hike with lots of elevation (1000 to 2000 feet). I will have maps for people that want to boat to the hot spring or take a few of the easy classic hikes in Leslie Gulch. If people want to just hang out and read a book that is ok too. The hot spring is a difficult hike so it you want to soak you should bring a canoe, kayak or motorboat. It will take you an hour to get there by canoe and 10 minutes by motorboat. In the past we had 35 to 45 people in the campground so we have had two campfires to accommodate everyone. There is no firewood at Leslie Gulch so I ask that everyone bring a little wood and a camp chair to use around the fire. This year as we did last year we are doing the Burning of the Peeps (dried stale Easter peeps) and we will hold the SECOND ANNUAL OUTDOOR POETRY FIRESIDE RECITAL…where we again encourage people to try crafting/reciting original outdoor poetry (ala cowboy poetry) or a tall tale around the campfire this year! We will appoint a panel judges to decide the winner of outdoor poetry and tall tales. For bonus points we will encourage bribery of libations and/or chocolate.

Regarding the poetry party, give it a go! We encourage all to get creative and tell a story of your wild times in the Idaho wilderness!

Sunday: I will lead a shorter hike of about 4 miles exploring a new area or people can boat into the hot spring for a soak, mountain bike or climb. We often see bighorn sheep or wild horses in this area. We should be back in Boise about 6:00 pm.

Food and Dogs: Meals are on your own but I would like to do a group potluck supper Saturday night. I would encourage people to bring a Dutch oven meal and your favorite beverage. Saturday night will also be margarita night. Here is your chance to share your favorite drink and pot luck recipe. The scrambling sections on the hikes are not dog friendly unless you have a dog you can lift up. There is no water in the area so you will have to bring water for your dogs. Dogs are welcome in camp and on the trails if they are friendly and well behaved. Dogs will have to be on leash during meals times. It could be below freezing at night so plan according. Some people will sleep in their vehicles, some will snuggle in their tents, some will bring 2 sleeping bags. About a week before the trip, I will send out more details on what additional equipment you should bring and a weather forecast. If you would like to go please contact me by Friday, April 18th. and tell me how many are in your party, their names, and when you plan to arrive and leave Leslie Gulch. It would also be nice if you could tell me what hike you plan to do (easy or hard) so I can find additional hike leaders if the group gets too big. Finding out which activities you plan to do would be great so I can match you up with other climbers or boaters and so I can make specific maps for those groups. I hope you can join me on this adventure. Leo Hennessy Cell:[masked] Work:[masked]

Possible Hikes: Need hiker leaders for shorter hikes

Upper Leslie Gulch (6-7 miles

Upper Dago (4-6 miles)

School House Rocks/Spring Creek (7-9 miles)

Juniper Gulch (3 miles) Timber Gulch (2 miles)

Slocum Creek (6 -7 miles)

Rooster Comb Arch (4-5 miles) Boat access required

Hoodoo Creek near HS (4-5 miles) Boat access required

Petroglyphs (6 miles one-way by boat)

Recommended Equipment List:

1 Day pack
1 Heavy duty hiking boots for side hills and wet areas
1 Sleeping bag rating for freezing temperatures and extra blankets or second sleeping bag
1 Sleeping pad 2 Pairs of socks
1 Rain/wind gear (top and bottom)

1 Lightweight, quick drying long pant
1 Polar fleece coat
1 Light weight gloves
1 Short pants
2 Underwear
1 Polar fleece long sleeve shirt
1 Set of polypro underwear (top and bottom)
1 Pair of sunglasses
1 Sun hat and or knit cap
1 Lip block
1 Sun screen
1 Head lamp with fresh batteries
1 Large water bottle or water bladder
1 Cup
1 Spoon and fork
1 Small roll of toilet paper
2 Lunches and 2 breakfasts

1 Saturday dinner to share with group

1 Dutch oven equipment such as charcoal, Dutch oven and bitch stick.

1 Other drinks such as coffee, tea, soda, beer, milk and juices
1 Margarita supplies including ice, mix and tequila
1 Box of stale Peeps

1 Tall story or outdoor poem.

1 Camera

1 Waterproof matches or lighter
1 Personal medications
1 Toothpaste and brush
1 Wrist watch
1 Maps: (Leo will bring)
1 GPS and extra batteries (Leo will bring)
1 Pots and pans

1 Pot scrubber

1 Serving spoons

1 Cook stove and fuel

1 Dish soap

1 Tent, tent camper, hard shell camper or camping van.
1 First-aid kit 5 gallons of water 1 Emergency repair kit
1 Camp chair
1 Solar shower

1 Trekking poles

1 Binoculars to view bighorn sheep
1 Short gaiters for cheat grass

1 Wood for Friday night fire
1 Motorboat and life jackets

1 Inflatable kayak or canoe and associated gear

1 Rock climbing gear
1 Mountain bike, helmet and bike shoes and clothing
1 Hot spring gear: towel, sandals, garbage bag and pool toys

1 Dog stuff like leashes, food, snacks and bowls

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