Succor Creek and Leslie Gulch is a 28.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Rockville, OR that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
off road driving
A popular sight seeing, camping, hiking, fishing, boating, and off road recreational area in eastern Oregon. The towering rock structures of Succor Creek Canyon rise above prime riparian habitat and rock-hounding grounds. Leslie Gulch is a strikingly beautiful vastness of volcanic tuff towers. This is a picturesque place where wind, water, and time have created spectacular panoramas of unusually sculpted colorful conical towers, honeycombed pinnacles, and intricate multiple layered spires. Succor Creek and Leslie Gulch provide opportunities for hiking, photography, camping, picnicking, wildlife viewing, bird watching, off-roading, boating, and rock hounding. Look for chukars or thundereggs. The rugged canyons and rock formations of Leslie Gulch and Succor Creek are home to a population of California bighorn sheep. Depending on the season's precipitation, this area is usually open by the middle of April through November. The elevations in the area range from around 2600' in the canyons to about 4400' on the ridges.
I took the jeep and dogs out from Kuna along the back roads toward Jordan Valley and then connected with the route thru to leslie gulch. The road was washboarded out pretty bad for quite a bit of the trip and it was HOT! When we got to the gulch, it was mostly dried up. I think this year (2013)has been a hard, dry summer. On the way back we turned north and out thru Succor creek. There is some "middle earth" looking terrain up there! So cool to see (but hot and dusty) and we did a little exploring. I won't be doing this trip again in summer... maybe spring time would be better. We had fun but man was the jeep dusty! ha
We visited the Leslie Gulch area and the weather was perfect. A lot of people were also enjoying the great weather and the very scenic area.
The road in the canyon was washed out in most of the low spots, but still passable by automobiles.
I added some photos to this guide.
This is a great driving trip to take while it is still cool in late April, May or early June. Watch for the mud. This time of year you'll see Big Horn sheep along with their lambs and the rock formations are extremely interesting.
We visited the area today. It had recently rained, but the Leslie Gulch and Succor Creek Roads were in good shape. At least there was no dust.
Fog hampered visibility and photography for most of our ride.
I added several photos to the Guide.