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Juniper Gulch

Owyhee Plateau, Oregon

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  • Entering Juniper Gulch.- Juniper Gulch
  • Hiking Juniper Gulch in the Owyhee Canyonlands.- Juniper Gulch
  • Towering rock formations on the Juniper Gulch Hike.- Juniper Gulch
  • Some scrambling is involved with this hike.- Juniper Gulch
  • Hiking Juniper Gulch in the Owyhee Canyonlands.- Juniper Gulch
  • An open and exposed ridge along the Juniper Gulch Hike.- Juniper Gulch
  • Accessing the higher country via the Juniper Gulch hike.- Juniper Gulch
  • Unidentified species (help us identify it by providing feedback).- Juniper Gulch
  • Desert sage.- Juniper Gulch
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Great views. Stunning geology. Possiblity of seeing big horn sheep.
Cons: 
Some scrambling involved. Hard to access in wet weather.
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Alerts: 
Even a small amount of precipitation can render the roads in the Leslie Gulch area nearly impassable.
Region:
Owyhee Plateau, OR
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Net Elevation Gain: 
700.00 ft (213.36 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
2.40 mi (3.86 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
3,423.00 ft (1,043.33 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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This realitively short hike offers a lot of adventure and a great sampling of the unique Leslie Gulch environment. Fifteen million years ago, violent explosive eruptions blanketed this area in massive layers of hot ash and rhyolite pyroclastic flows. Subsequent uplift, erosion and weathering  have exposed and sculpted the complex of layers into colorful and convoluted cliffs, spires, canyons and ridges. Honeycomb-like pocking was created by hot gasses trapped within layers of ash and mud. In just about 3 miles, this adventurous little hike allows one to experience the dramatic geological history of this magnificent landscape. You'll hike along the base of towering cliffs and castle-like spires, scramble over and around gargoyle-like outcroppings and under tunnel-like overhangs, and finish with a grand view of the maze of canyons and rock formations you just passed through. Bighorn sheep, Rocky Mountain elk, western meadowlark, and California quail are frequently seen in the area. The trail starts out fairly easy, but the last third or so becomes quite steep, with multiple possible routes. Some routes may require some scrambling. 

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