Burnt Log Trail begins on the east side of Johnson Creek, parallels the creek for a short distance, and ascends gradually. As it levels, the trail passes through a lodgepole pine forest littered with granite boulders. The roar of Johnson Creek is left behind as the trail turns northeast away from the creek and skirts the lower edge of a meadow.
Douglas fir enters the forest as the trail descends gradually to a tiny stream and a wide meadow. The trail goes straight across the meadow and turns north.
About 1.5 miles from the trailhead, the trail forks with Burnt Log trail gradually, and eventually steeply ascends the northeast side of a ridge. The other trail which is blazed but unsigned continues north on level terrain.
Within .5 mile, the trail reaches an exposed ridge offering views of the Johnson Creek drainage and the mountains to the west. The trail turns abruptly northeast at its high point, descends steeply, then gradually through a forest to an unnamed creek.
About 25 feet after the crossing, three rock cairns border the east side of the trail and the Burnt Log trail is intersected by an unsigned but blazed trail from the south. Bordered by bear grass, the trail levels, then passes through a logged area and descends gradually to a metal culvert and Forest Service road 414C where it ends.
At a Glance
ACCESS #1- From Cascade, Idaho, travel one mile north on State Highway 55 to the intersection with Forest Service Highway 22 (Warm Lake Highway).
Turn right and travel approximately 20 miles to the North Shore Lodge turnoff - where Forest Highway 22 becomes Forest Service (FS) Road 579. Continue east on FS Road 579 to FS Road 413 and turn right.
Travel on FS Road 413 for about 2.5 miles and look for a trail designation sign on the east side of the road.
ACCESS #2- Travel one mile north on Highway 55 from Cascade, Idaho, to the intersection with the Forest Service Highway 22 (Warm Lake Highway).
Turn right and go about 20 miles to the North Shore Lodge turnoff - where Forest Service Highway 22 becomes Forest Service (FS) Road 579.
Continue east on FS Road 579 about 12 miles, where the paved road changes to gravel. Continue east about a mile to the intersection of FS Road 447 and FS Road 414. Go south on FS Road 414 (which becomes FS Road 414C) for about 7 miles.
The blazed but unsigned trailhead is located on the west side of FS road 414C near a metal culvert.