Leslie Gulch Hike In Oregon's Owyhee Canyon Wilderness

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Eastern Oregon offers some of the most amazing wilderness and natural areas in the lower 48 and the Oregon Natural Desert Association (ONDA) is a leader in protecting and sharing these areas for public enjoyment. ONDA has several hikes detailed on their website to help you explore this region of Oregon. This hike offers different user levels the opportunity to get to some awesome Eastern Oregon desert landscapes.

Follow the link to the ONDA website for the full description of this recommended hike. https://onda.org/hike/leslie-gulch/

Remember this is a remote and fragile area of Oregon, so please learn about traveling in these wild areas and use environmentally friendly practices while enjoying.

From the ONDA website – Leslie Gulch Hike Description

“Visit the Leslie Gulch Wilderness Study Area to hike through sandy washes to reach panoramic amphitheaters of stone and sage.

Over 200 bighorn sheep live in Leslie Gulch, along with mule deer and Rocky Mountain elk. Bird watchers can look for chukar, California quail, northern flickers, white-throated swifts, and many more song birds and raptors. Early summer months bring Indian paintbrush, lupine and arrowleaf balsamroot to the hillsides, as well as these rare perennials found at a few isolated sites in the canyon: Grimy ivesia, sterile milkvetch, and Owyhee clover. It’s also the only place you’ll find the endemic Packard’s blazing star and Etter’s groundsel.”