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Burgdorf, Idaho

Burgdorf, Idaho, including the hot springs, some campgrounds, lakes, fire lookout, and other POIs.
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 43 miles
Duration: Full day
Family Friendly

Overview :  Burgdorf is also the name applied to the area surrounding it in the mountains north of McCall, Idaho. It is a rustic, late 1870s... more »

Tips:  Depending on the seasons' snowfall, the trails are usually clear by July and open through September, sometimes a little longer. It... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Burgdorf, Idaho

Log cabins are available for rent at the hot springs and the springs are open to the public for day use also. Dogs are required to be kept on a leash.

The meadow across the road is a prime viewing area for wildlife.

Burgdorf, Idaho, was established at the hot springs in the late 1800s. The hot springs were developed and a hotel was built. The... More

2. Burgdorf Campground

This is a fee campground. The current fee is $10 per day. There are four campsites, but one is normally used by the area "Camp Host". The campsites are suitable for RVs.

The "Camp Host" can provide info on camping availability, fires, and general conditions in the area.

Potable water, tables, and a vault toilet are provided.

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3. Jeanette Campground

This is a fee area and it is currently $10 per day.This campground is within easy walking distance of the Burgdorf Hot Springs.

Tables and a vault toilet are provided. There is no potable water. There are 6 camp sites and they are suitable for RVs.

The Jeanette Creek Trail starts here. The trail is open to foot, horse, bicycle, and dirt bike... More

4. War Eagle Mountain Lookout

This fire lookout is at 8200' elevation and offers a great view in all directions.

The road to the lookout is very rough and rocky, but can be traveled by automobiles. A high clearance vehicle is recommended.

5. Wallis Mine

The trail from the main road is only wide enough for ATVs. The mine shaft is less than a 1/2 mile from the main road. Do not venture into mine shafts as old dynamite or chemicals could be stored within. Also cave-ins due to decayed timbers are possible.

Downhill and to the east are some old mine buildings. A spur trail from the trail to the mine... More

6. Wallis Cabin

The historic Wallis Cabin doubles as a scenic spot and an emergency shelter. There is a wood stove and a few supplies inside and usually split wood on the porch. A guest book is inside the cabin.

There is a primitive outhouse also.

We have been snowed on in August here.

7. Cottontail Point

This great viewpoint, at 7661' elevation, overlooks the Frank Church - River of No Return Wilderness. There is an outfitter's pole corral and concrete blocks from an old fire lookout here.

There is a spectacular view of the wilderness and the Salmon River Mountains from the outhouse.

8. Humbolt Mine

There is a two story log cabin with an attached shed at this old mine.

This was apparently a hydraulic mine due to the eroded mountainside below the cabin and the ponds dammed below the area.

The cabin is about a 1.2 mile hike from the California Lake Road.

9. California Lake

This is a beautiful mountain lake that, with careful driving over a very rough road, can be reached by automobile. High clearance vehicles are recommended.

The rocky road/trail that continues northwest from here is signed for 4X4 vehicles but is very narrow and dangerous in places.

This is a great picnic spot.

10. Marshall Lake

A very scenic lake. The origin of Lake Creek.

The POI marker is at the trail head. It is about a mile hike to the lake.

The photo of the lake is from the road above the lake.