I’ve been wanting to explore and learn more about Charcoal Kilns for a couple years and finally took advantage of this opportunity just off Idaho Highway 28 between Rexburg and Salmon.
Hard to imagine burning 800 cords of wood purely for charcoal. Hard to imagine harvesting that many trees; it’s no wonder this area could only sustain such activity for two years.
It’s even harder to imagine that there is now a movement to keep the conifers out of the area. Per USFS, “West Birch Creek Conifer Encroachment Project: Purpose of this project is to remove conifers that are encroaching upon Greater Sage-Grouse habitat. The proposed action is to cut the encroaching conifers with chain saws and/or masticate, chip, pile and burn or make available to the public.” I’ll take trees over grouse any day!
Grouse central aka the zone to be free of trees.
View from the back door (the cables are to strengthen the structures).
The ceilings were a work of art. Can you imagine setting those bricks?
Yes that’s my car in the distance. I got a few bonus steps walking the road due to snow and mud. Notice the rain on the left side of the photo. This area has a really nice interpretive trail.
Date(s) Hiked: April 21, 2017
Spring 2017 Road Trip Day 54 (out of 78)