Big Jacks Creek

Bruneau, Idaho 83604

Big Jacks Creek

Big Jacks Creek Professional Review and Guide

"This is a spectacular hike into a remote canyon in the Owyhee Wilderness. There is extensive rhyolite and the opportunity to observe raptors, bighorn sheep, and pronghorn antelope.

The Parker Grade descends about 1.5 miles, and 600 feet in elevation, to Big Jacks Creek. Big Jacks is a very scenic canyon and one of the most accessible in the Owyhees. Rhyolitic hoodoos, needles, and pinnacles tower above, and nighthawk guano festoons the walls. Bighorn sheep ply the rugged canyon rims while raptors soar overhead."

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This is a unique hike. It is hard to tell as you drive through the sagebrush that there is even a canyon there until you're right up on it. The trail is steep and rocky, and some stretches will be hard for those who are afraid of heights. Since the trail guide was written, the last stretch of road was closed and converted to hiking trail, so you can add another half mile and 100 feet of drop to the guide's estimate. The new trailhead is at 42.592878°, -115.977279°. We saw dozens of antelope near the canyon.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
Day hike
Best May, June, and October
4,600 feet
Trailhead Elevation
4,600 feet
Top Elevation
Owyhee Field Office BLM, (208) 896-5933
Local Contacts
Wickahoney Crossing USGS quadrangle; Glenn’s Ferry, Bureau of Land Management map
Local Maps