Leslie Gulch Road

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Adrian, Oregon (Malheur County)
Last Updated: 06/10/2022

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When you drive along the rock formations of Leslie Gulch , you are reminded of Lord of the Ring's Middle Earth. These captivating, stark, colorful geological formations are the highlights of this trail. Comprised of volcanic ash produced by volcanos millions of years ago, these formations provide a refuge for bighorn sheep, elk, mule deer, numerous birds, and a number of wildflowers, including two rare species. Leslie Gulch Road is part of the Bureau of Land Management and begins at the junction of Succor Creek Road, another trail that is great to combine for an easy scenic day trip. At the beginning, there is rolling grassland as far as the eye can see, and the wildflowers are beautiful to see in late spring/early summer. The trail then drops into the Upper Leslie Gulch Wilderness Study Area and the Slocum Creek Wilderness Study Area where rock formations towers everywhere. There are a number of hiking trails and climbing opportunities that allows you to explore the rocks even closer. Leslie Gulch dead ends at the boat ramp on Owyhee Lake.
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