Owyhee Canyon, Three Forks

Jordan Valley, Oregon

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Highlights include the Owyhee Canyon and the confluence of the main, Middle, and North Forks of the Wild and Scenic Owyhee River. Easy-to-moderate for 32 miles, then moderate-to-difficult for 1.5 miles. Mostly narrow but level dirt road, with a few ruts and bumps. The last 1.5 miles are steep, narrow, and curvy, but not as bad as the warning sign suggests. The loop’s return half is wide, level, gravel, and easy. The Owyhee River is one of Oregon’s most beautiful and least visited Wild and Scenic rivers. Cutting through immense, steep-sided canyons for almost its entire length, the river runs through the state’s most remote desert regions and provides rare external drainage to the ocean in what otherwise wouldbe part of the Great Basin. The name “Owyhee,” strangely enough, means “Hawaii,” although the two places are as dissimilar as they could possibly be.

Owyhee Canyon, Three Forks Professional Review and Guide

"Highlights include the Owyhee Canyon and the confluence of the main, Middle, and North Forks of the Wild and Scenic Owyhee River. Easy-to-moderate for 32 miles, then moderate-to-difficult for 1.5 miles. Mostly narrow but level dirt road, with a few ruts and bumps. The last 1.5 miles are steep, narrow, and curvy, but not as bad as the warning sign suggests. The loop’s return half is wide, level, gravel, and easy.

The Owyhee River is one of Oregon’s most beautiful and least visited Wild and Scenic rivers. Cutting through immense, steep-sided canyons for almost its entire length, the river runs through the state’s most remote desert regions and provides rare external drainage to the ocean in what otherwise wouldbe part of the Great Basin. The name “Owyhee,” strangely enough, means “Hawaii,” although the two places are as dissimilar as they could possibly be."

Activity Type: Fishing, Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Jordan Valley
Distance: 71
Trail Type: Shuttle
Access: Easy to Difficult
Local Contacts: BLM Vale District
Local Maps: USGS Danner, Little Grassy Mountain, Skull Creek, Whitehorse Butte, Three Forks, Juniper Point
Driving Directions: Directions to Owyhee Canyon, Three Forks

Recent Trail Reviews

7/7/2007
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Nice, open trail. Worth the drive just to see the canyon overlook. Next time I will bring a tent and spend the night along the Owyhee River. Make sure your drive all the way Three Forks. The trail description from Trails.com is right-on! M&M



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May 2018