Leslie Gulch returns for 2019 - come on out to Eastern Oregon for some camping, hiking, and fantastic scenery!
Leslie Gulch is a hidden gem on the Owyhee reservoir that is a short 80 mile, 2 hour drive from Boise. Things are just starting to warm up and green up in April so it's the perfect time to visit. We'll car camp at the Slocum Creek Campground at the bottom of the gulch. The boat lauch is just a few hundred yards away.
As Leo has done in the past, I'll be asking for some volunteers to map out and lead different hikes. If you're not in the mood for hiking, feel free to just relax and take in the beautiful scenery. Since the campsites are first-come-first-served, I plan to arrive early and secure a few sites - feel free to arrive early as well. Bring your boat if you have one!
When: Friday, April 12 - Sunday, April 14
Where: Slocum Creek campground at the bottom of Leslie Gulch [masked], [masked]) PDF Map to Leslie Gulch (https://files.meetup.com/1478520/Leslie_Gulch_BTH.pdf)
Friday - arrive and setup camp
Saturday - hike, hike, hike! Then prepare your favorite dutch oven recipe (or anything!) for a pot luck dinner. After dinner we will continue Leo's tradition of The Burning of the Peeps (dried, stale Easter Peeps) and we'll have some fun with the Third or Sixth Annual 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.
Sunday - more hiking and then break camp.
Slocum Creek campground has 8 camping shelters suitable for campers, each with a table, fire ring, and shade and there are several group sites (there are no fees). There is plenty of space to pitch a tent amongst the sagebrush and there is a vault toilet available. There is NO WATER SERVICE, so be sure to bring enough for your stay and trash is PACK-IN-PACK-OUT.
Note: The last 25 miles is on a good gravel road that is suitable for a passenger vehicles.
From Boise, take I-84 west to Exit 33A in Nampa (Karcher Rd./Hwy 55 to Marsing). The road will take you due West and then make a sharp bend South to Marsing. Cross the river and continue through Marsing to the junction with US95 (at the I-O-N truck plaza - a good place for last minute essentials). Turn Left and head South on US95. Before you get to the Oregon state line, turn Right at McBride Creek road (look for the sign that says Leslie Gulch 25 Miles at mile marker 5). You'll follow this road past several ranches to a T-shaped junction at the Rockville School, where you will turn Right toward Succor Creek for another 1.8 miles. Then turn Left at the junction with the sign pointing to Leslie Gulch and drive the final 14.5 miles to the road’s end at Slocum Creek Campground. PDF Map to Leslie Gulch (https://files.meetup.com/1478520/Leslie_Gulch_BTH.pdf)
Some suggested hikes:
• Upper Leslie Gulch (6-7 miles)
• Upper Dago Gulch (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)
Other fun stuff:
• Hot Springs
• Mountain Biking
• Sport Climbing
What to Bring:
The spring weather can vary from warm to cool, sunny and dry to windy, raining, and thundering - sometimes all in the same day! So, pack accordingly.
• Sleeping Bag/Blankets
• Air mattress/sleeping pad
• Jackets and warm clothes for evenings and mornings.
• Food and food prep (don't forget the potluck and Peeps!)
• Firewood (please bring a little extra for the group fire)
• Trash bags to pack out your trash.
• Good hiking shoes and socks
• Long or convertable hiking pants
• Long-sleeved shirt (for bushwhacking)
• Rain/wind gear
• Trekking poles
• Sunglasses & Sunscreen
There is cattle grazing as well as protected wildlife in the area - please make sure that your pup is under control at all times and that it is snake-trained
BLM Leslie Gulch Website (http://www.blm.gov/or/resources/recreation/site_info.php?siteid=286)
Brochure (PDF) (http://www.blm.gov/or/resources/recreation/files/brochures/Leslie%20Gulch.pdf)
Photos from 2014 trip (http://www.meetup.com/Boise-Trail-Heads/photos/21581342/)
*** Please, please, please - only RSVP if you will be likely to attend. If your plans change and you cannot make it, please un-RSVP as soon as possible.