Leslie Gulch

Boise, Idaho, Oregon

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This ride really does contain "towering red spires, sheer rock walls, and pinnacles as high as 2,000' rising from the canyon floor." The biking is restricted to existing roads. This 12 mile out-and-back begins a Lake Owyhee and has a turnaround point in Dago Gulch. Strong cyclists will find that the climb up from the lake is pretty easy-they will be able to stay in their middle chain ring. Intermediate bicyclists and beginners may find themselves shifting into their "granny gear." The gravel road through Leslie Gulch is in good condition with some loose gravel. The double-track in Dago Gulch is rougher with some ruts, rocks and soft tread. Leslie Gulch is a remote canyon in southeastern Oregon. The nearest city is Boise, Idaho, approximately 75 miles away.
Mountain Bike! Oregon

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Mountain Bike! Oregon

by Laurie & Chris Leman (Menasha Ridge Press)

This ride really does contain "towering red spires, sheer rock walls, and pinnacles as high as 2,000' rising from the canyon floor." The biking is restricted to existing roads. This 12 mile out-and-back begins a Lake Owyhee and has a turnaround point in Dago Gulch. Strong cyclists will find that the climb up from the lake is pretty easy-they will be able to stay in their middle chain ring.

Intermediate bicyclists and beginners may find themselves shifting into their "granny gear." The gravel road through Leslie Gulch is in good condition with some loose gravel. The double-track in Dago Gulch is rougher with some ruts, rocks and soft tread. Leslie Gulch is a remote canyon in southeastern Oregon. The nearest city is Boise, Idaho, approximately 75 miles away.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Boise, Idaho
Distance: 12
Elevation Gain: 1,245 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Technical Difficulty: Easy
Physical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Season: Spring and Fall is good, summer is very hot
Trailhead Elevation: 2,655 feet
Top Elevation: 3,900 feet
Local Contacts: Bureau of Land Management Vale District Office 541-473-3144
Local Maps: Bureau of Land Management Vale District / Malheur Resource Area Recreation Guide, USGS Bannock Ridge and Rooster Comb
Topo Map: Leslie Gulch Topographic Map
Guide Book: Mountain Bike! Oregon Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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Recent Trail Reviews

9/10/2007

We loved this trail! We rode with our 2 children (10,8). The 8 year old had some trouble and had to walk at times, but we didn't mind joining her! The ride to Dego Gulch is all up hill! We didn't have time or energy to go into Dego Gulch, we just rode back down to the campground! Wow! What amazing views. It reminds us of Valley of Fire and Redrock Canyon near Las Vegas!

5/29/2007

Navigating the 25 mile dirt road makes you wonder if its going to be worth the effort to get here...rest assured that it is. The ride is a long uphill grind, although surrounded by unbelievable beauty. Nothing technical about it. Long dual track jeep road. Its easy to find yourself on private property. Limited camping, but if there's a space, its well worth the visit. Bring plenty of water.

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