I love hiking around Jump Creek, along with the rest of the Owyhees. A quick drive from Nampa the Jump Creek Canyon rim is dry with rock outcroppings and scattered sage brush. Rock Doves and Crows roost amongst the spires and their calls echo throughout the canyon. Once you've dropped down, you enter a vein of green running along the sides of the small creek. You go from a hot, dry-as-a-bone desert to a sliver of shade, filled with trees, tall grasses, and wild flowers. Along the creek's edge quarter-sized spiders feed upon freshly hatched insects. Deer tracks can be seen in the damp soil along with pieces of Crawfish shells.. The lush creek bottom holds a stark contrast to the dry surroundings.
There is some other quality to Jump Creek Canyon I cannot accurately describe, though its the reason why I keep coming back. I'd try to describe it as similar to the viewing of other great landscapes. My consciousness is beamed to every point and every point is beamed back into me; then the wind hits my face and I fall into everything.