Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Elevation Gain
1,828.00 ft (557.17 m)
Trail type
10.40 mi (16.74 km)
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Embark on a unique 10-mile round-trip hiking journey from Slocum Campground to Juniper Gulch and back. This trip traverses a distance that, while modest, is rich with natural wonders. The ascent up the short but enchanting Juniper Gulch Trail showcases the area's spectacular geology, flora, and fauna before circling back to the start. This route is ideal for those interested in exploring the geological marvels and natural beauty of the Owyhee Canyonlands in a relatively accessible manner.

This hiking route from Slocum Campground to Juniper Gulch and back provides a concise adventure into the heart of one of the area's most geologically significant landscapes. It's the perfect day hike for those camping at Slocum Campground or exploring the broader region, offering a memorable experience of the natural world's artistry.

The journey begins at Slocum Campground, where hikers can enjoy the serenity of the surrounding area before embarking on their adventure. Following Leslie Gulch Road, you'll be treated to a scenic dirt road hike, cutting through dramatic landscapes surrounded by colorful rock spires.

Upon arriving at the Juniper Gulch Trailhead, the trail quickly immerses hikers in a world of striking rock formations and vibrant ecosystems. The terrain here is characterized by towering spires, honeycombed rock faces, and dramatic cliffs that tell a story of volcanic activity and erosion over millions of years.

The Juniper Gulch Trail is relatively short, making it accessible to hikers of various skill levels. However, the trail's surface can vary, with sections of loose rock and sandy washes requiring careful footing.

Despite the arid environment, the region supports a resilient array of plant and animal life. Sagebrush, juniper trees, and a variety of grasses form the primary vegetation. Wildlife sightings may include mule deer, rabbits, and a diverse array of bird species, including raptors that soar above the canyons.


  • No permits are required for day hiking in the area, but visitors should always follow Leave No Trace principles.

  • Slocum Campground offers basic amenities for overnight stays, with sites available on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no water available at the campground, so be sure to bring plenty with you.


  • The remote nature of Leslie Gulch demands preparation; ensure you have adequate water, sun protection, and navigation tools.

  • Be mindful of the weather, especially during summer when temperatures can soar, and sudden storms can change trail conditions.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass


Open Year-round



Unique Geology. Biodiversity. Solitude.


Lack of water and shade.

Trailhead Elevation

2,723.00 ft (829.97 m)

Highest point

4,316.00 ft (1,315.52 m)


Near lake or river
Backcountry camping
Big vistas
Geologically significant
Bird watching

Typically multi-day


Permit required



Nearby Lodging + Camping


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