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    Warren Auto Tour

    The Warren Auto Tour takes you 45 miles to the town of Warren through some of Idaho's most scenic and historically significant mountain country in the Payette National Forest. The tour starts at the McCall District Office in McCall. The tour audio tracks can be played below. If you prefer, a CD version of this tour is available at the McCall Ranger District Office.

    Along this route, there are trails to hike and places to picnic. The tour will point out the highlights of this area's history, geology and scenery, including the influences of the Native American Indians, Euroamerican and Chinese miners and settlers.

    Once in Warren, take the historic walking tour of the buildings downtown. The Warren Guard Station is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Another interesting attraction is the Chinese Gardens, about 8 miles past Warren. Pamphlets describing these interpretive sites are available from the ranger district offices.

    There is a historic display in the guard station that contains some interesting artifacts from the prehistoric and mining days of the area. (90 miles round-trip, 3-4 hours).


    Travel north from McCall on Warren Wagon Road. The road is paved for the first 30 miles, then changes to gravel. The historic town of Warren is about 45 minutes from McCall, past Secesh and Chinook Campground

    Activities: Scenic Driving.

    Click the audio files below to listen to the Warren Auto Tour.

    View a map of the tour here.

    Track 1 - Mile 0.0 - McCall Ranger District Office

    Track 2 - Mile 0.7 - McCall/Lardo/Warren Wagon Road

    Track 3 - Mile 4.8 - Payette Lake

    Track 4 - Mile 9.3 - Payette River

    Track 5 - Mile 17.9 - 20 Mile Trailhead

    Track 6 - Mile 22.9 - Secesh Summit

    Track 7 - 28.9 - Lake Creek

    Track 8 - Mile 32.8 - Secesh Cemetery

    Track 9 - Mile 34.3 - Secesh Meadows - Fernan Ranch

    Track 10 - Mile 39.2 - Steamboat Summit

    Track 11 - Mile 43.6 - Chinese Miners

    Track 12 - Mile 44.5 - Warren Guard Station