Smith Knob Hettinger Ranch Trail is a 84.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Warren, Idaho that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.
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From the Burgdorf, Idaho "Y" to Warren, Smith Knob, and then to the pictoglyphs on the South Fork of the Salmon River. This hike starts where the pavement ends on the Warren Wagon Road from McCall, Idaho. Here, at the "Y", the graveled Warren Wagon Road continues all the way to Warren, Idaho. The graveled road to the north, goes to Burgdorf, Idaho and on to the Salmon River. There is parking space for several trailer rigs on the south side of the "Y". It is 16 miles to Warren from here. This trip can be cut to a full day if you start at Warren, Idaho. The road is good all the way to Warren with only a few blind switchback curves. The Hettinger Road has many opportunities for viewing the Frank Church - River of No Return Wilderness and the South Fork of the Salmon River. In good weather, the road is suitable for automobiles. POI #10 (Hays Station) has video of this spectacular scenery. The Smith Knob Road (FR 355) is for high clearance vehicles. 4X4s are better.
Some friends and I ATV'd to the Hettinger Ranch and hiked to the pictoglyphs. It was very warm along the river.
I added videos and photographs to this guide and did an ET Trip on the ride.
The "Rattlesnake" video was made in this area, but not on this ride.
Friends and I ATV'd to the Hettinger Ranch. The weather was good and the conditions for photos were great. I added several photos to this guide. I also did an ET Trip on the ride.
The foot/horse trail downriver doesn't seem to get much use as grass is thick in the middle of the trail.
The road to the ranch is in good condition.