Burnt Creek WSA
Tan rolling hills with bluebird skies. yellow foliage and sagebrush in the foreground.


The Burnt Creek WSA consists of sagebrush and grass-covered slopes in its northern and eastern portions and by steep terrain with scattered pockets of Douglas-fir and juniper in its southern and western portions. Several large rock outcroppings occur here, most notably a large rock fin named the Rock of Ages.  A small lake is nestled in the trees in the southwestern portion of the WSA.  Outstanding opportunities for recreation include hiking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, hunting, camping and backpacking.  The area is a scenic extension of the adjacent Forest Service Borah Peak proposed wilderness, adding sagebrush and grassland ecosystems to this duel agency complex of wilderness quality lands.    

Visitation Information

From the Ellis, ID Post Office on Highway 93, drive the Pahsimeroi River Rd 5.8 miles to Dowton Lane and turn right.  Continue 15 miles on pavement.  2.2 miles after the pavement ends, at a BLM sign, turn right on Double Springs Rd/Upper Pahsimeroi Road.  In 6.1 miles, turn left on a gravel road (not signed).  In .9 miles cross over Double Springs Road and continue .2 miles to a sign to Burnt Creek (Road 100) and turn left. Drive 11.7 miles to a sign for Burnt Creek and turn right.  In 1.6 miles is a BLM Limited Use sign which is the edge of the WSA.  The boundary of the WSA begins after 1.4 miles; any vehicle use from this point on is within the WSA.

Visitor Advisory

Vehicle routes in the WSA are not maintained, very rough, and can be muddy when wet.  Though vehicle use in the WSA is allowed on existing routes, use on routes identified as closed or cross country vehicle use is prohibited.  As vehicle routes deteriorate and become impassible, they will not be repaired to facilitate continued use.