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:
War Eagle Fire Lookout
Loon Lake Trailhead
Steamboat Summit to Warren Summit Area:
Warren Historic Mining Town
Little Pony Meadows/Pony Meadows
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
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 Yellow Pine, to Big Creek, then to Elk Summit.