Boise National Forest

Burnt Log Trail

The trail passes through lodgepole pine forests, meadows carpeted with wildflowers in the spring, and offers views of the Johnson Creek valley and the mountains to the west. The trail passes through several meadows that are marshy in early spring. Motorized use would be impractical because of large rocks embedded in one short, steep section of the trail. The trail begins on the east side of Johnson Creek, parallels the creek for a short distance, and ascends gradually. As it levels, the trail passes through a lodgepole pine forest littered with granite boulders. The roar of Johnson Creek is left behind as the trail turns northeast away from the creek and skirts the lower edge of a meadow. Douglas fir enters the forest as the trail descends gradually to a tiny stream and a wide meadow. The trail goes straight across the meadow and turns north. About 1.5 miles from the trailhead, the trail forks with the Burnt Log trail gradually, then steeply ascends the northeast side of a ridge. The other trail which is blazed but unsigned continues north on level terrain. Within .5 mile, the trail reaches an exposed ridge offering views of the Johnson Creek drainage and the mountains to the west. The trail turns abruptly northeast at its high point, descends steeply, then gradually through a forest to an unnamed creek. About 25 feet after the crossing, three rock cairns border the east side of the trail, and the Burnt Log trail is intersected by an unsigned but blazed trail from the south. Bordered by bear grass, the trail levels, then passes through a logged area and descends gradually to a metal culvert and Forest Service road 414C where it ends.