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Jordan Valley, Oregon, United States

Succor Creek and Leslie Gulch

A popular sight seeing, camping, hiking, fishing, boating, and off road recreational area in eastern Oregon.

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Difficulty: Easy
Length: 57 miles / 92 km
Duration: Multiple days
Family Friendly • Dog Friendly
 
Overview: 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, offroading, boating, and rock hounding. Look for chukars or thundereggs.

Thundereggs which formed within holes in the volcanic ash may contain a variety of mineral deposits, some thundereggs contain agate.

Both campgrounds in the area are no fee and are first come, first served.

The rugged canyons and rock formations of Leslie Gulch and Succor Creek are home to a population of California bighorn sheep.

Depending on the seasons 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.

Leslie Gulch is closed to horses to protect an endangered plant.

There is access to Lake Owyhee at the boat ramp at Leslie Gulch.

There are photographs and videos in this guide, but the scenery has to be seen to be really appreciated. This is a great area for a day long family outing.


Tips: Northern access to the area starts at Adrian, Oregon or Homedale, Idaho. Southern access starts at Jordan Valley, Oregon.

The roads are recommended for high clearance vehicles, but I have seen many automobiles on the southern route into the area. All vehicles are restricted to designated roads/trails.

There is no potable water in the area. It is a primitive area, so bring everything you may need with you and pack it out when you leave.

There are no mapped hiking trails, but many impromptu trails lead to interesting rock formations and viewpoints. Most of the secondary roads in the area are more suited for hiking than driving.

Be prepared for ticks and be on the lookout for rattlesnakes. The weather is unpredictable and you may encounter extreme conditions. DON'T GO WHEN IT IS WET! The mud can be unbelievable.

There is no cell phone service in the area.

For further info contact the BLM at Vale, Oregon, telephone # (541) 473-3144 or at www.or.blm.gov/Vale.

Points of Interest

Junction
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Hwy 201 and Succor Creek Road

The northern part of Succor Creek Road starts here. It is a crowned graveled road, but gets rough and rocky as you near the Succor Creek State Natural Area.

There is a sign marking the turn off.

If you are in an automobile or towing a trailer, the southern route from US 95 is a better choice.

It is about 15.5 miles and about one hour to the Succor Creek Campground from here.
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North Side View

The road starts down into the Succor Creek State Natural Area here.
Campground
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Succor Creek State Natural Area Campground

Succor Creek is an unstaffed, no-fee primitive camping area. Pack it in, pack it out! There's no potable water. There is a restroom and a bridge across the creek.

There are six walk-in campsites and 12 hike-in campsites. Open March - November.

RVs are allowed and there is space on the southern end of the campground for several.
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East Side Overlook #1

This overlook is off the Antelope Springs Road. Antelope Springs Road is an ATV and 4X4 road.
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East Side Overlook #2

The jeep trail ends at private land, now with a locked gate.

The Spanish Charley grave site is about 1/4 mile up the road behind the locked gate. In 1887, Spanish Charley was shot and killed by a neighbor in a dispute over sheep.
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South Side Overlook

This viewpoint is on the south edge of the Succor Creek State Natural Area. There are several turn outs with views of the creek and canyon here.
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West Side Overlook

This overlook is up a very steep, rocky, ATV/jeep road. Do not try this road when it is wet!
Junction
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Succor Creek Rd. & Leslie Gulch Road

The road is crowned and graveled to the Leslie Gulch Campground. It is about 14 miles from here.

There is a sign here.

Horses are not allowed in the Leslie Gulch area.
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Dago Gulch

The video shows scenery typical of the entire Leslie Gulch.
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Bighorn Sheep

There are about 200 California Bighorn Sheep in this area. They are often seen from the road.

This POI is here because it is where we saw the sheep on the day of the video. Dusk and dawn are the best viewing times.
Campground
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Leslie Gulch Campground - BLM

The Slocum Creek BLM Campground has 12 campsites. Picnic tables are also available. A concrete boat ramp provides Owyhee Reservoir access for small water craft.

Hiking, photography, plant, and wildlife viewing are all popular activities in this unique canyon setting.

Take caution and be prepared for ticks, rattlesnakes, and extreme weather conditions.

Campfires are allowed in the campground. There is no firewood.

RVs and trailers are allowed. There is no fee and no potable water. There are restrooms scattered through out the canyon.

Horses are not allowed in the Leslie Gulch area.

For further info contact the BLM at Vale, Oregon, telephone # (541) 473-3144 or at www.or.blm.gov/Vale.
Junction
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US 95 & Succor Creek Road

The southern part of Succor Creek Road starts here. It is a crowned gravel road and I have seen a lot of automobiles use this road to reach Leslie Gulch and Succor Creek Campgrounds. If you are towing a trailer, this is the best route to either of the campgrounds.

There is a sign marking the turn off.

Leslie Gulch Campground is about 24.2 miles and one hour and 34 minutes from here.

Succor Creek Campground is 19.7 miles and one hour and 16 minutes from here.
Pictures in this guide taken by: Elindio42, bedobe, gbraach, kennymill, Tim_Bangert, MrsCyberhobo
Reviews
Elindio42
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.

Visited on Oct 26, 2013

by Elindio42 on Oct 27, 2013
TeamADV
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
BC

Visited on Jun 30, 2000

by TeamADV on Sep 12, 2013
Elindio42
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.

Visited on Nov 27, 2012

by Elindio42 on Nov 29, 2012

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