The Property: This 160-acre Wilderness Ranch is surrounded on all sides by Federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land. There are only two other private ranches within two miles of this ranch: none within sight from even the highest point (which has the nearest sell phone reception). To the south is a BLM roadless area set aside for wild Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep. These wild sheep, Mule and Whitetail deer, and Elk bring their young down into this isolated valley from the surrounding hills to water and graze on the meadows daily in the spring. Ownership rights include over 7,000 acres of public land grazing as well as a water right to irrigate the creek bottom and surrounding meadows. The Challis National Forest is two miles to the North via a primitive road that accesses and crosses this ranch. The elevation on Big Hat Creek is 5,200 feet in a low snowfall area, making the seven mile drive from Highway 93 usually passable even in winter by most four-wheel drive vehicles.
Big Hat Creek meanders for over one mile through the center of this ranch, providing for exclusive access for trout fishing or any other purpose. Native trout (Cutthroat and Bull) are abundant as well as Rainbow. There are two private irrigation diversions from Hat Creek: the upper one irrigates the meadows on the North 60-acres and the lower one does the same on the South 100 acre parcel.
Nearby recreation and amenities: The small town of Challis, ID is nineteen miles south of the property, and offers many amenities, including two grocery stores, post office, liquor store, sportsman’s store, laundromat, several restaurants, builder’s supply, and more. In addition to local hunting and fishing options, you can actually float the Salmon river from the ranch to the town of Salmon Idaho (40 miles) or all the way through the River of No Return Wild and Scenic River Corridor, and on to the Columbia River (about 400 miles) as there are no dams on the Salmon River.
DIRECTIONS: Nineteen miles north of Challis Idaho (one mile north of the Ellis Idaho Post Office) the Dry Gulch Road crosses the Salmon River on a rather new bridge. To the right is a small BLM campground and boat ramp used by Steelhead, Trout, and Salmon fishermen. As you continue on this road (FS093) for seven miles you will come to this ranch, having passed no buildings the entire way!
Location: Nineteen miles north of Challis Idaho (one mile north of the Ellis Idaho Post Office) the Dry Gulch Road crosses the Salmon River on a rather new bridge. To the right is a small BLM campground and boat ramp used by Steelhead, Trout, and Salmon fishermen. As you continue on this road (FS093) for seven miles you will come to this ranch, having passed no buildings the entire way!
Purchasing options: The owner would like to sell the South 100 acres for $400,000, retaining the north 60 acres for their use, or, there is the option to purchase the entire 160 acres for $650,000.
Please allow us the opportunity to show you this beautiful, remote ranch. Time is of the essence because the only other properties in the Hat Creek drainage have sold recently for well over $1,000,000 each!
Contact Mark at 208-993-1084 for more information.