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  • Secesh/Warren/Elk Creek Area, McCall Ranger District

    The Warren Airstrip, taken near Warren just off the Warren Wagon Road.
    The Warren Airstrip, taken near Warren, just off the Warren Wagon Road. | Courtesy photo by Cody Allred.

    Secesh/Warren/Elk Creek Area, McCall Ranger District

    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 Yellow Pine, to Big Creek, then to Elk Summit.