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Posted: 06/25/10 09:50am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have explored the Owyhees quite a bit since moving to Boise in 01. It is a vast region covering parts of three states, Idaho, Oregon and Nevada. It is one of the most diverse areas one could possibly encounter. Everything from canyons to desert to semi wooded desert to fully wooded mountains complete with a ghost town, Silver City, Idaho.

I am very fortunate to have this wonderland in my "backyard"!!! But as I said, it is a huge area!! Thanks to Tiger4X4 and nwjetboater for making me aware of Leslie Gulch!!!

The road into Leslie Gulch is located about 25 miles North of Jordan Valley, Or on US 95. Then about 25 miles of gravel road into the Gulch. The washboards were everything from mild to "HOLD ON"!!!! The poor old Northstar took a beating. I now have a roof splitting at the seams I need to go get an estimate for!!! [emoticon]

After several miles we start down into the canyon. Pics are self explanatory.
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Arriving at Slocum Campground near the end of the road. The road goes on for another 1/2 mile to a boat ramp for Owyhee Lake.

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OK, time for some canyon explorations!!! CRUD!!! I left my day pack at home!!! [emoticon] OK, Marine, IMPROVISE!!!! Put two water bottles, jerky and power bars in a Walmart sack and tied to my belt!!! We took off hiking up this canyon south of the campground.

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I kept Gracie on a short leash. She is so small a rattler bite would kill her in short order. I was packing my 357 with snake loads but we did not see any snakes!!! It gets real snakey when it gets hot!!!

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Of course we had to crawl up the rocks each time we came to some type of cave/cavern to see what treasures it may hold!!! Even though Gracie has true 4X4 she lacks ground clearance and wheelbase!!! We climbed a lot of rocks with her tucked under one arm and my "day pack" bouncing off my leg!! [emoticon]

At this time I realized I left my SPOT back at the camper!! If I take a fall I may never be found in time. If I am found in time and I hadn't triggered my SPOT, that I promised DW would never leave my side, then she would shoot me. So I decided to just go ahead and oft myself, save all the pain and same end result!!! [emoticon]

Closeups of the same canyon.

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Looking back toward the campground.

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Back at the campground. I think I broke my little dog!!! She put in a hard day. She is such a good sport though. [emoticon]

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There are two more gulches branching off from Leslie. Juniper and Dago. We will go back and explore them when I have the proper gear!!!

The next day we moved on to North Fork (Owyhee River) Campground southwest of Jordan Valley and back in Idaho.

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I love this area. Purple sage and Juniper trees make for some very sweet air!!! And where these hardy scruffy trees can grow right out of rock!!!

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Took a side trip out to a pretty little reservoir.

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It was at the NF Campground that I realized I DID break my little dog!!! Threw her tennis ball and instead of running after it bounding like an Impala she just trotted. She brought the ball back at an even slower pace and was all hunched up in the middle. OMG, she is sick or got bit or??? On further examination I saw her pads were bruised from the rocks the previous day. WHEW!!! A couple days rest and riding the quad she is as good as new!!!

We then headed for our final destination for this trip, Juniper Mountain. I've wanted to exp;lore this mtn for some time.

Found a nice campsite 2 miles up Juniper Mtn Road after you turn off the Back Country Byway.

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View from camp.

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Spent 3 days here exploring and warrants about another week. Tons of old roads, scenic views and some cool old cabins.

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I camped near this tree, an old rustic Juniper. Looked almost psychedelic!!! Each little hole held a family of Jenny Wrens, small drab little birds but have a variety of very pretty whistles and calls!!

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Sure hated to leave!!! ONE pickup drove by my camp in 3 days!!! It was a great time!!!

Now, off to town to get my camper looked at. [emoticon]

* This post was last edited 06/25/10 11:00am by ~DJ~ *   View edit history


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Posted: 06/25/10 10:38am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Great pics, DJ! I'm adding it to my list of future visits.

Is it pretty hot there in the summer? Maybe best visited in Spring or Fall by us hot-weather averse types? Where I live, I've had the furnace on every morning for the past 10 days to fight the chill.


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Posted: 06/25/10 11:07am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

dpgerson wrote:

Great pics, DJ! I'm adding it to my list of future visits.

Is it pretty hot there in the summer? Maybe best visited in Spring or Fall by us hot-weather averse types? Where I live, I've had the furnace on every morning for the past 10 days to fight the chill.


Extremely hot!!! And very snakey!!! Boise is forecast for 97 degrees on Monday so I won't go back there again until September after school starts. Best time to go anywhere!!! [emoticon]

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I wonder if every state has a “Juniper Mountain” as we here in Arizona have one and it look’s similar to your area just a little bit more mountainous. Hopefully in a year or two the DW and I will be able to call Idaho home, 56 years in Arizona and I have had enough of the long hot summers.
Thanks for sharing.
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Thanks, some very nice pictures.
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I forgot to mention that thunderstorms can cause the Gulch to flash flood. We got to spend an extra day a few years back because the road was washed out at the first cabin..We have had bighorn sheep walk on the trail just behind your camper..They were less than 25 yards away while we ate breakfast...

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Awesome pics!

I've got to go there now, or tomorrow.

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Very good posting of your expedition, I hope that your repairs don't cost too much.


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Posted: 06/25/10 03:27pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks for sharing and so glad you didn't "break" your dog. Looks like a great travelling companion. Give me all that scenery and road driving but please keep the snakes!


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How did your new trailer work out?
Thanks for the nice report. Your Quad-Dog overcame the terrain.


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