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Exploring Little Canyon Creek near Glenns Ferry Idaho

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Idaho's Little Canyon Creek and Emigrant Crossing Reservoir Exploration on Feb 26th, 2011

Little Canyon Creek near Glenns Ferry Idaho
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Little Canyon Creek is located just east of the Blair Trail Reservoir, north of the Snake River and Glenns Ferry Idaho. This short cross county hike began at the Emigrant Crossing Reservoir and headed north along the flat sagebrush country before it heads into the Bennett Hills.

Getting to Emigrant Crossing Reservoir
Taking Bennett Mountain Road north, I turned on the well maintain King Hill gravel road just south of the Blair Trail Reservoir and traveled about 2.5 miles east. At the intersection of King Hill and Berry Ranch Roads I found a place to park close to the Emigrant Crossing Reservoir Dam (N 43.05061 W 115.28330).

The Easy Hike
This cross country hike followed along the east side of Little Canyon Creek as it head northeast. The entire time you can look down 20-50 feet into this shallow canyon. The sagebrush for the most part is easy to walk though but there is a lot of lava rock fields to navigate around.

Some winter colors along Emigrant Crossing Reservoir
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The creek itself looked semi-easy to access by climbing down the canyon wall but I never attempted it. I had my dog along with me and didn't want to get her or me wet as temperatures were hovering around 25F. This riparian zone is likely quite scenic during the spring and early summer but in the dead of winter is loses most of its luster. Located in a relatively flat portion of the landscape, hiking along the canyon wall gave me a great view of the Bennett Hills.

The Landscape
The land from Emigrant Crossing Reservoir and northward is public BLM owned land. But according to my maps there is an area of private land along the canyon at the 2.5 mile point. I never made it that far but suspect it's owned by ranchers.

Idaho mule deer near Little Canyon Creek
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Even though this is public land, there was plenty of signs that cattle have grazed extensively in this area. There was also plenty of evidence that deer and antelope winter in this area. In some areas, the sagebrush was beaten down and striped almost bare. Bird hunters seem to like this area as I found plenty of shotgun shells laying on the ground along most of the hike.

Map of Where Little Canyon Creek Meets Emigrant Crossing Reservoir

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  • Brad Christopherson

    Mr. Bondy,
    I stumbled upon your website and have found it very enjoyable. Little Canyon Creek brought back many good memories. My Mother was raised on the Antique Berry Ranch that you were very close to where you ended your hike. The Berry place was the first all girls Dude ranch in approx. 1940's. If you are ever out there again go a little farther. It's a beautiful setting. The old home is just a shell now. There are rock walls and corrals, and a rock barn that will have you wondering how it was built so many years ago. Alot of history in that area. Also, good luck with your future political aspirations. Careful what you wish for :). Sincerly, Brad

  • Tim Bondy the Admin

    Brad..thanks for the info. After it dries out a little I may head out to the dude ranch. Cannot imagine an all girls dude ranch in Idaho 70 years ago...Wow. And as far as my political dreams? Well, the local city council really doesn't need my help. They are a good bunch of folks that do a good job running the city. Now if I thought I could beat Congressman Simpson in Idaho's 2nd CD without depleting my life savings I'd go for it. So I'll stay on the political sidelines FOR NOW and keep exploring Idaho.

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