Secesh/Warren/Elk Summit Area, McCall RD


The Secesh, Warren and Elk Summit areas cover a large area on the McCall Ranger District that is accessible by automobiles.  This recreation area begins along Warren Wagon Road at the Burgdorf Junction, then follows the Elk Creek Road once over Warren Summit.  The recreation information for this large area is broken into three segments:  Secesh Meadows to Steamboat Summit, Steamboat Summit to Warren Summit, then Warren Summit to Elk Summit.  These segments make up a large part of the "loop route" that begins in McCall, to Warren, to Big Creek, to Yellowpine, then back to McCall.  This loop is drivable in two days, but better driven over a three to four day time frame to allow time to enjoy the area.  Periodically, the loop route is closed due to road damage in the Warren to the South Fork of the Salmon River area, the Elk Summit area, or the Profile Gap area.  Check with the McCall District Office before heading out.

Secesh to Steamboat Summit Area:

Ruby Meadows Trailhead

War Eagle Fire Lookout

Chinook Campground

Loon Lake Trailhead


Steamboat Summit to Warren Summit Area:

Warren Historic Mining Town

Warren Guard Station

Little Pony Meadows/Pony Meadows

McCall to Warren Auto Tour

Warren Summit to Elk Summit Area:  This area begins at Warren Summit (elevation of 6,974 feet) which is approximately 3 1/2 miles beyond Warren.  The road drops down to the South Fork of the Salmon River at an elevation of approximately 3,600 feet, then climbs again to Elk Summit at an elevation of 9,670 feet.

Hays Station Historic Site

South Fork Ranch Trailhead

Shiefer Campground

Pilot Peak Fire Lookout

Rattlesnake Peak Trailhead


Directions:  To reach the area from McCall, travel north of Warren Wagon Road.  The other access route from McCall is Via Lick Creek to Yellowpine, to Big Creek, then to Elk Summit.

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