2019 Succor Creek Geology

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Succor Creek State Natural Area

220 Succor Creek Road

Jordan Valley, OR 97910

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Join us for our 4th Edition of Succor Creek Geology

About The Trip

This trip we will be guided by Sammy Castonguay, geologist and owner of ThisMagickalEarth.com. Other local geologists may also accompany us. We will focus on basic rock identification and landscape observations to interpret the geologic history. Some rock hammers and hand-lenses will be available, but you may also bring your own.

Hike is projected to be six (6) miles in rocky terrain/uneven ground with minimal elevation gain and loss. Mud in spots and creek crossings expected. March days are cool and nights are cold; plan accordingly.

MAP of hike area

Trip Highlights/Challenges

Explore new landscapes in and around Succor Creek State Natural Area. Succor Creek State Natural Area is a great base for explorations. Learning about the Natural History of Succor Creek Canyon and the Owyhee Region. March weather is highly variable, so come prepared for just about anything. Possible high flow when crossing Succor Creek for the Hike and may come into contact with Poison Ivy.

About the Area

Succor Creek State Natural Area lies in a deep, rocky canyon and is a remote haven for rock hounds and wildlife watchers. A 15-mile dirt road leads from Oregon 201 to the park, which has a walk-in primitive camping and day-use areas on the east side of the creek. The road in can be rough but Subaru’s and minivans can navigate this road.

Trip Itinerary

  • Friday, March 15th: We will meet at Succor Creek State Natural Area in the late afternoon/early evening. Arriving before dark gives everyone a chance to get settled and talk about the plans for the weekend ahead.

  • Saturday, March 16th: We will have a safety briefing at 8:45a leave camp at 9:15a Our hike will start from camp. The hike could be pushing over a distance of 6 miles. The end of this hike could require using rocks to cross the creek multiple times. In the evening Tim Davis will give a quick human history lesson of Succor Creek Canyon. If the sky allows some possible stargazing as well. MAP of hike area

  • Sunday, March 17th: We will leave camp at 9 am and drive to our starting point for the hike to three fingers in as few vehicles as possible, a hike distance of 2 miles.

  • Waivers and Release will be required. Will have copies at camp or follow this LINK

*if we find a second geologist to lead a group our hikes could be changed

**if creek flows are high Saturdays Hike will be altered

Participants Responsibilities

Participants are responsible for their own food, camping gear as well as transportation to and from the trip.

Provided by Friends of the Owyhee

Friends of the Owyhee provide excellent guidance in the field, and a number of group camp items to make things more comfortable (firewood, table, shade/rain tarp, etc.).

Camp Directions

We will be camping at Succor Creek State Natural Area in Oregon

Click here for directions from Nampa/Boise

Click here for Directions from Ontario


National Weather Service link: weather


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Participants to be 7 and older. Being remote and the terrain we will be in.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Tim Davis: owyheefriends@gmail.com (541)-212-1907

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No, using this site makes sign up much easier to keep track of signups

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Jordan Valley, OR 97910

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