Activities and Amenities
MYSTIC LAKE CABIN, MT
part ofGallatin National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open year round. Season Dates
1 site(s) found
OverviewMystic Lake Cabin was built in 1930 and is currently open year-round. It provides access to a variety of recreational activities, including fishing, hunting and exploration of numerous trails.
The cabin is located in a non-motorized area. Guests must be prepared to hike, horseback ride or mountain bike to get there in the summer, and winter access is by cross-country skis or snowshoes. Guests are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety, and must bring several of their own amenities.
The cabin is tucked into a stand of pines near the southeastern shore of Mystic Lake, at an elevation of about 6,400 feet. The landscape surrounding Mystic Lake includes meadows that fill with wildflowers in the summer, as well as evergreen forest and the peaks of the Gallatin Range.
New World Gulch Trail and Bozeman Creek Trail are just a couple of the multi-use trails in the area for hikers, equestrians, mountain bikers, skiers and snowshoers. The Mystic Lake Loop is popular with mountain bikers.
The cabin has bunk beds with mattresses to sleep up to four people. A wood-burning cook stove also heats the cabin. Other amenities include a table with chairs, basic cookware, dishes and tableware. Firewood is supplied for the stove.
Activities and Amenities
Know Before You Go
Getting There:GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
Two trails lead to the cabin: New World Gulch Trail is 5.5 miles and is the more challenging option. The Bozeman Creek Trail is 10 miles.
Directions to the New Gulch Trailhead:
From Bozeman, travel east on Interstate 90 for 4.5 miles, to the Bear Canyon Exit. Head west for a half-mile, to Bear Canyon Road. Follow Bear Canyon Road for 3.5 miles to the New World Gulch parking area, which is about a quarter mile before the old Bozeman Ski Lodge. Please make sure to park away from the road.
The New World Gulch Trail is approximately 5.5 miles of steep trail to Mystic Lake Ranger Station. The trail closely follows the creek bed and climbs to a gate marking National Forest boundary. This part of the trail is steep with even steeper pitches. After passing through the gate, the trail breaks away from the creek and meanders through open meadows, then climbs slightly through lodgepole and spruce stands to the fenced and well-marked boundary between New World Gulch and the Bozeman Creek drainage. From the divide, the trail drops down to the northeast shoreline to the Mystic Lake Ranger Station and meets the trail to Bozeman Creek. (The cabin is located on the south end of Mystic Lake.)
Directions to the Bozeman Creek Trailhead:
From Bozeman, follow South Third for 4 miles to Nash Road. Go east on Nash for a mile, to Sourdough Canyon Road 979. The parking area is a mile south on Sourdough Canyon Road.
The Bozeman Creek Trail follows Bozeman Creek for the first several miles. After approximately 9 miles, take the trail to the left marked Mystic Lake and proceed a mile to the cabin.
Mailing Address:MYSTIC LAKE CABIN
Phone Number:Information: (406)522-2520