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Wilderness Wednesdays: 
Celebrate Wilderness with 50 Activities in 50 Weeks

 Bruneau Canyon Overlook (Photographer: Bob Wick)
What Map do I Need?

We recommend you purchase one wilderness map and one surface management map for your desired destination to most easily access and navigate these remote areas. To figure out which map you need for the adventure you find below, match the color and letter found in the chart below.

BLM-Idaho Wilderness Map Areas
($8.00 each from BLM)
All maps below are sold seperately except for Big Jacks/Little Jacks Creek map; both are displayed on one map.

Online Wilderness Maps 
(those available for purchase are maps labeled as "interpretive")

BLM Idaho Surface Management Status 1:100,000 Maps
($4.00 each from BLM)

Big Jacks Creek 

Triangle = A

Little Jacks Creek

Sheep Creek = B


Glenns Ferry = C

North Fork Owyhee River

 Riddle = D

 Pole Creek


 Owyhee River





(use code explained above)

Best Time of Year

Time to Complete

I - Beginner
II - Intermediate
III - Advanced

Hike Tindall Trail 

Pictured: Bruneau River - Sheep Creek

Hike the ½-mile trail down into the Sheep Creek gorge. The trail is located on the west side of the Bruneau-Jarbidge Rivers Wilderness, with spectacular views of the Mary’s Creek confluence. BMarch - Nov.1 day II 
2Cross-country Ski at Little Jacks Would you like to escape city crowds to experience the peace and quiet of Wilderness? Pick a cherrystem* and ski to your favorite wilderness area or explore along the Owyhee Uplands Backcountry Byway (Mudflat Road). ADec. - Feb. 1 dayII
3Hike Crutcher's Crossing Enjoy the East Fork Owyhee River by hiking or biking the Crutcher Crossing cherrystem. Be extra careful when fording the river in the spring. DMarch - Nov.1 day II

Hike Bighorse Cherrystem

Pictured: Big Jacks Creek Wilderness

Drive to the Big Horse Cherrystem* and admire the work of local high school students from Rimrock High School’s agriculture and welding class in Grandview, Idaho. Students fabricated steel signs identifying the cherrystem, made to be harmonious with their wilderness surroundings. While here, take time to hike to the canyon rim and view Big Jacks Creek. AMarch - Nov. 1 day I
5Enjoy Solitude in North Fork WildernessEnjoy one of the best attributes of Wilderness while resting against a juniper tree in the wilderness and letting your mind wander. AMarch -Nov. 1 dayII
6Hike Sheep Creek Sheep Creek hike is roughly the same distance as a marathon and offers spectacular views of rock spires (“hoodoos”) and caves. BOctober - Feb. 2 days III
7Hike Shoofly Trail in Perjue CanyonYou may have to contend with thick riparian vegetation on this hike. Be prepared to wear long sleeves and enjoy the adventure. AMarch - Nov. 1 day II

Explore Sheep Creek's Big Bend

Pictured: Bruneau-Jarbidge River Wilderness

Drive to Big Bend and take a short hike along the canyon rim to view the many spires (“hoodoos”) below. BMarch - Nov.  1 day II

Hike Roberson Trail 

(Photo by: Bob Wick)

Check out incredible views while hiking along Roberson Trail West from rim to river. The hike takes from 30 to 60 minutes and is not overly steep. CMarch - Nov.1 day II
10Hike Zeno Canyon This desert hiking is sure to test your ability. You will be rewarded with a canyon lined with aspen and other lush growth. The further you hike down the canyon, the higher the walls get and the more difficult the hiking becomes. AMarch - Nov.1 day II
11View a Sunrise at North Fork Sit on a vast open ridgeline with mountain mahogany at sunrise during the summer solstice. The sun rises at approximately 6:10 a.m. AMarch - Nov. 2 days II
12Float Deep Creek in the SpringDeep Creek is a great springtime float, but can also be a nice late spring, summer and fall canyoneering hike with the potential for pack-raft use. Check out our boating guide for more details.  DApril   3 days III
13Camp Near Cottonwood Creek Camp near Cottonwood Creek off Hill Pasture Cherrystem.* You may also consider hiking the rim of Cottonwood Creek canyon to view pristine riparian habitat. Feeling like an adventure? Drop down into the creek and enjoy the thick cover of willows. AMarch - Nov. 2 days II
14Check out Spring wildflowers at North Fork Take time to stop and smell the flowers during a springtime wildflower walk. Over 150 native forbs can be found in the North Fork Owyhee Wilderness.AApril - June 1 day I
15Float South Fork of Owyhee River Visitors to the beautiful South Fork of the Owyhee River can plan for several floating options, from a long weekend floating trip to a six-day float adventure. Check out our boating guide for more details. DApril  3 days III
16Practice Nature Photography at Pole Creek Capture Mother Earth and all she has to offer behind the lens of a camera in this scenic area. Take your time and make every photo count. AMarch - Nov. 1 day I
17Hike to the top of Bald Mountain  Enjoy vast panoramic views of several different mountains ranges. DMarch - Nov. 1 day II

Hike Historic Wilson Trail

Pictured: Owyhee River Wilderness

Wilson Pack Trail is near the end of the Dukes V cherrystem. Don’t worry if you lose sight of the trail; just continue your hike south to view the canyons of the Owyhee River. DMarch - Nov. 1 day II

Float East Fork of Owyhee River 

Pictured: Owyhee River Wilderness near Crutcher Crossing

The 42-mile float between Garat Crossing and Crutcher Crossing traverses some of the most remote country in the lower 48 States. With 1 or 2 possible portages, this trip is not for the faint of heart. The East Fork Owyhee River is a demanding trip at any water level. Check out our boating guide for more details.  D 

March - May 

 4 days III

Float Bruneau River   

(Photo by: Bob Wick)

Experience challenging rapids along the Bruneau River. The most difficult segment is “Five-mile Rapids” in the lower portion of the canyon, which can also be accessed by hiking down Roberson Trail. Download the boater guide. B, C May 3 days III
21Hike Camas Creek Experience Camas Creek, a tributary stream to Pole Creek, by hiking along the creek bed on this scenic and ambitious hike. AMarch - May 2 days III
22Float Jarbidge River With a national reputation among kayakers, the Jarbidge River offers challenging whitewater (Class III, IV and V). The name “Jarbidge” is reportedly from a Shoshone word meaning “devil” or “monster.” Download the boater guide. B May 3 days III
23Hike the Tules Experience a rare desert geologic formation at the oxbow canyon of the Tules on the Owyhee River. DMarch - Nov. 1 day II

Hike Between the Creeks at Little Jacks 

Pictured: Little Jacks Creek Wilderness

Hike between the creeks and locate the lone Juniper tree. Once you arrive on the bench between East and West Shoofly Creek, rest in the shade under the juniper to admire the spectacular canyon.March - Nov.  1 day II

Hike Clover Creek 

Pictured: Bruneau River

(Photo by: Bob Wick)

Hike the Rim of Clover Creek to its confluence with the Bruneau River. From Clover Flat to Winter Camp, hikers can expect to see the river meandering through a wide open desert valley. Two miles from Winter Camp, the river enters a tight gorge. CMarch - Nov. 2 days III
26View Big Jacks Fire Area The nearly 50,000-acre Jacks Fire was started by lightning in the Little Jacks Creek Wilderness on the afternoon of July 9, 2012 and spread into the Big Jacks Creek Wilderness. Look for signs of returning native vegetation. AMarch - Nov. 1 day I
27Soak in Indian Hot Springs Drive to the hot springs area and relax on the river bank. High-clearance, four-wheel drive vehicles are required to access this Bruneau River launch site. Consider parking on the top and hiking down. The Bruneau Cherrystem, which provides public access to the Bruneau River launch site from both the east and the west, crosses the Bruneau River on private land just downstream from the existing hot springs. However, a dilapidated wooden bridge prohibits vehicular river crossings. BMarch - Nov. 1 day II
28Hike "The Arch" Drive through the desert and check out a natural bridge called “The Arch.” The cherrystem used for access is named after this rare, natural and geomorphic feature.BMarch - Nov. 1 dayII
29Listen for Rock Wrens at Pole Creek The rock wren is a small songbird that calls this area home. The male rock wren is truly a rock star, belting out 100 or more different riffs. Listen to decide if some of his calls sound similar to any other nearby birds. AMarch - Nov. 1 day I

Star gaze on Avery Table 

Pictured: Pole Creek Wilderness

(Photo by: Bob Wick)

Low horizons and almost no light pollution create the perfect opportunity for premier star gazing. Park just off Mudflat Road near Bullhead Basin and take the short walk south to the Avery Table. AMarch - Nov.1 dayII
31Rockhound in Big Jacks CreekAre you able to find any of the over 280 collectable mineral species that are known to occur in Idaho including smoky quartz, pyrite, topaz, barite, garnet, epidote, and zeolites? Learn more about rock hounding in Idaho. AMarch - Nov.1 day I
32Go Birding at Pole Creek Bird watching has become increasingly popular in this area. Start your life list today and identify all that you see and hear in the Pole Creek Wilderness. AMarch - Nov. 1 day I
33Step Back in History at the Campton HomesteadNow part of the Little Jacks Creek Wilderness, BLM acquired the historic Campton Homestead property in 2011. Explore the remnants of the homestead and get a feel for what life was like in the early 1900s. Please be respectful of the past to ensure that future visitors have the same opportunity to explore this historical site. AMarch - Nov.   1 dayII
34Hike Parker TrailDon’t be fooled with the start of this hike; the end is truly breathtaking. Please be sure to register at the trail box near the canyon rim. Just past this point, the trail becomes a steep and narrow path leading to Big Jack’s Creek. AMarch - Nov.1 day II

Hike Jarbidge Fishing Trail 

Pictured: Bruneau-Jarbidge River Wilderness

The Fishing Trail offers towering canyon walls along an easy 1.5-mile hike, providing a taste of what many boaters see on their journey downstream. BMarch - Nov. 1 day II

Discover your inner artist with Wilderness hoodoos 

Pictured: Bruneau-Jarbidge River Wilderness

Weathering and erosion have carved immense monolithic cliffs and numerous sculptured pinnacles known as “hoodoos” here. Seek out a hoodoo of your very own and take time to draw or paint one of these natural columns. CMarch - Nov.  1 day I
37Travel to the 45 Ranch This isolated route allows public access into Oregon and Nevada through a private ranch with a Conservation Easement. Be sure to register at the kiosk before passing by the homestead. This drive offers outstanding views of the South Fork Owyhee River and ample wildlife viewing. D March - Nov. 1 day I

Hike to Top of Dome near Rickert Crossing 

Pictured: Owyhee River Wilderness and East Fork Owyhee River

Hike to the top of “The Dome” just downstream from Rickert Crossing on East Fork Owyhee river right. On your way to the top, keep a lookout for creatures that call this area home like deer, elk and pronghorns. DMarch - Nov.   1 dayII
39Hike Rim of Little Jacks Creek CanyonRattlesnake cherrystem* leads you to a short hike, providing one of the most spectacular views of Little Jacks Creek Canyon. You have the option of hiking down to the creek or hiking along the rim. Either way, you can’t help but admire the beauty and solitude of this canyon.March - Nov.   1 day II
40Hike Dickshooter Creek This 2 - 3 day adventure ends at the confluence of Deep Creek. Plenty of opportunities abound for side hikes along the way. A pack-raft may be necessary if you choose to stay in the riverbed. DMarch - Nov.3 days III
41Bike Sheep Creek Cherrystem Bike on Sheep Creek or any other cherrystem* route. All cherrystem routes are signed and open to motorized and mechanized transport. Please stay on established cherrystem routes to protect adjacent wilderness. BMarch - Nov. 1 day III
42Experience Slot Canyon Many of the hikes in the Owyhee canyonlands offer an opportunity to explore side slot canyons, narrow canyons formed by wear of water rushing through rock. As you explore, you will see that Idaho’s slot canyons vary in size, gradient and length. DMarch - Nov.   1 day III
43Hike Camel Falls Hike about three miles across Avery table to Camel Falls from Mudflat Road. The hike offers stunning views of Juniper Mountain. While Camel Falls is dry most of the year, the nice hike is still worthwhile. AMarch - Nov. 1 day II

Explore "Grand Canyon of Southwest Idaho"

(Photo by: Bob Wick)

Drive to the Bruneau Overlook to see the brilliant geology of the Bruneau River Canyon – “The Grand Canyon of Southwest Idaho.” The canyon was shaped by an astounding combination of volcanism, glacial melt and regional drainage patterns. CMarch - Nov.1 dayII
45Find a Wilderness Boundary Survey Monument The first Idaho wilderness was surveyed in Owyhee County, Idaho. Surveys were created using Thomas Jefferson's idea of a rectangular survey system. AMarch - Nov. 1 dayII
46View Bighorn Sheep at Battle Creek Canyon These allusive animals are known to frequent Battle Creek Canyon almost year-round. DMarch - Nov.2 daysII - III

Hike Corral Creek 

Pictured: North Fork Owyhee Wild and Scenic River in North Fork Owyhee Wilderness

Corral Creek meanders through an extremely narrow slot canyon, reaching depths of nearly 300 feet. The area also contains numerous eroded rock outcrop formations. AAugust - Nov. 1 day II
48Take a Winter Hike at Little Jacks WildernessThe snowshoe, one of the oldest inventions known to man, allows the avid hiker to walk year-round. Return to one of your favorite spring or summer hikes and experience it in the winter. ADec. - Feb. 1 day II

Hike "The Tongue" 

Pictured: Owyhee River Canyon

If you’re an experienced and self-reliant hiker, you may like to explore “The Tongue.” This long, narrow section of land between Red Canyon and Red Basin creates the perfect feeling of isolation. DMarch - Nov.  2 days II - III
50Listen for Elk Bugling at Indian Meadows If you're visiting in the fall, this loud vocalization can sometimes be heard for miles. Bugling is most common early and late in the day. ASept. and Oct. 1 dayII


*What's a Cherrystem? A spur of road that doesn't have wilderness status but is located within a Wilderness area. The boundary of a Wilderness area extends up one side of a cherrystem route, around its terminus and down the other side of the roadway, to allow for motorized or mechanized activity on the roadway that is prohibited in the Wilderness area.