Smith Knob Lookout OHV Trail

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Smith Knob Lookout OHV Trail is a 69.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Warren, Idaho that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for bird watching and off road driving.

Distance: 69.4 miles Elevation Gain: 8,576 feet Route Type: Out & Back

bird watching

ohv / off road driving




no shade

Depart from the Burgdorf Campground on ATVs and Fatcat on the Warren Wagon Road in route to the abandoned lookout at Smith Knob. The first stop was at the bridge over the Secesh River where you can spot Chinook Salmon in the river. These fish have traveled over 700 miles from the ocean to get to this point. They have missed gill nets and traversed dams in order to return to this area and spawn. Continuing on, proceed to Warren, Idaho. Warren is still home to an active gold mine. Warren has four or five inhabitants during the winter and receives their mail via a bush pilot/plane. This whole area is covered by snow eight months of the year. The road to Smith Knob skirts along the wilderness area and is steep, rugged terrain. If you travel this road in a jeep/pickup bring a good chainsaw, due to large down timber across the road. It's a good idea to bring a chainsaw no matter how you are traveling. Mountain lion sign was in the road and black bear sign was abundant where the Raines Creek Trail intersects the Smith Knob Road. The view is spectacular from the old lookout site. The Forest Service removed the unused lookout several years ago. After some more exploring, return to Burgdorf.

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