Explore the most popular nature trips trails near Jordan Valley with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Nice trail with cool views of Succor Creek. Unfortunately, I went off trail into the narrow canyon near the trailhead and got into poison ivy. Be careful that you don't do the same!

This hike is challenging, yet rewarding. The Owyhee Wilderness website claims it is the best hike in the Owyhees, but I think Leslie & Juniper Gulches are slightly better and much easier to get to. Serious hikers will probably like Painted Canyon more.
A couple disclaimers:
-Do not bring children or pets on this hike. There are a few sections where you will have to lower yourself down and climb rocks that are several feet tall with poor handholds. There was one point where it was easier for me to climb the steep, loose dirt hillside and traverse across rather than climb and risk falling.
-Do not attempt to drive to the trailhead from Camp Kettle Creek Road unless you drive a high clearance AWD vehicle. I drive a 2010 Forester and had to go 10mph for much of it. The approach from the south is much easier, but still requires a vehicle with medium clearance.
-I would not recommend hiking this from June to August. Today (May 18th) was only about 70 degrees out but in the direct sunlight, it felt much hotter. There is little shade in the afternoon. Bring water and electrolytes.
-In most places, this is not a trail. It is a collection of deer paths, creek beds, and overland hiking. Wear pants so the sagebrush doesn't scratch your legs. Wear sturdy hiking shoes. Poles aren't necessary.
-There is an abundance of reptiles out there. Tread carefully and watch for rattlesnakes.

With that being said, this is a very beautiful hike. You'll feel like you're alone in the wilderness. The colors in the canyon are amazing - some of the rocks are even blue and purple! I haven't uploaded my photos yet, but I can't wait to look through all of them. This is a truly hidden gem only two hours from Boise.

2 months ago

Stunning! Amazing! Awesome! We completed Juniper Gulch on the last day of our 3 day Oregon Desert Trail Section 25 backpacking trip. Our group dropped in from the top (north) and hiked down the gulch to the trailhead. If you have it in you, I highly recommend hiking all the way to the top for an amazing view of the entire area. It's a steep climb out of the gulch, but absolutely worth it!

Although this trail is only a simple walk around the crater, this is a stunningly beautiful place far off the beaten path. Coffeepot Crater is one of the youngest lava flows in the country, relatively unchanged by time since it occurred. The shades of purple, red, and orange in the volcanic rock are incredible. The last three miles of the dirt road to the parking lot are very rough. I would advise only those with high clearance vehicles to attempt it - I drive a Forester and had to slow down quite a bit in places to avoid potholes. I've read that you can hike down into the crater, but I chose to explore the terrain around it instead of in it.

2 months ago

Juniper Gulch is truly a hidden gem. I can't even describe how beautiful the scenery is, so just look at the photos I've uploaded. There is parking at the trailhead and some shade throughout. The trail follows a dry creek bed up into the gulch, getting steeper as you gain elevation. The last quarter mile or so is difficult if you're not in great shape like me. This is worth the two hour drive from Boise, without a doubt.

2 months ago

Leslie Gulch is grouped in with Succor Creek State Park on this site, which is actually about 17 miles away, so I'm adding this review specifically for the Upper Leslie Gulch trail. This is an absolutely beautiful hike that is easy enough for young children, but there is almost no shade the entire way. It was very hot in May when I hiked it, so bring plenty of water and watch out for snakes. The hoodoo formations are incredible, with a few opportunities for rock climbing along the trail. There is parking at the trailhead, which is well marked with signs. The trail follows a dry creek bed towards the end, eventually climbing into a canyon that is impassable due to steep rocks and overgrown brush. Camping is available at Slocum Creek a few miles down the road at Lake Owyhee.

11 months ago

Wednesday, May 06, 2015