This Guide 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 (FR 337) is a 11 mile scenic POI. There are 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.
Depending on the seasons' snowfall, the trails are usually clear by July and open through September, sometimes a little longer. It gets cold in October.
Clothing depends on the weather, but it usually freezes at night all summer. Thunder storms are possible at any time.
It gets very warm along the South Fork of the Salmon River.
Take drinking water with you as none of the ground water in this area is safe to drink without filtering or boiling.
Wild animals, including moose, elk, deer, bear, wolves, cougars, river otters, pine marten, and others are in the area. Chinook salmon spawn in the creeks, peaking in August.
Be aware that wolves are very territorial and may attack any dogs with you. Moose cows with calves may attack anything. Don't push your luck with moose! This is also "Bear Country".
Read and abide by the information at the trail heads on how to interact with horses and pack stock you may encounter.
There is no cell phone service in the area.
Contact the McCall Ranger Station, Payette National Forest, Idaho, telephone #208 634-0400 for maps, fire info, and camp ground availability.