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CABIN CREEK CABIN, MT

part ofGallatin National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: CABIN CREEK CABIN
Status: Open through Wed Dec 31 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Cabin Creek Cabin is a rustic, single-room structure that was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. It offers a few basic amenities, so guests will need to bring most of their own supplies and gear to ensure an enjoyable experience.

Summer access is only by horse, foot, motorcycle or off-road vehicle for up to six miles on Trail 151. Off-road vehicle riders must park at the junction with Trail 206, which is about three-quarters of a mile from the cabin, and hike the rest of the way. Motorcyclists can travel directly to the cabin.

Winter access is by snowmobile for 11 miles on the Big Sky Snowmobile Trail. Access by skis or snowshoes is difficult and not recommended. Guests are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety.

Natural Features:

The cabin sits at an elevation of approximately 8,700 feet, tucked beneath a stand of evergreens. Middle Fork Cabin Creek flows nearby. The surrounding meadow and forests give way to the peaks of the Madison Range.

The Lee Metcalf Wilderness and Cabin Creek Wildlife Management Area are nearby. Wildlife species in this area include grizzly bear, elk, gray wolf, bighorn sheep, deer and moose.

Recreation:

Hikers and equestrians have trailhead access to the Monument Mountain Unit of the Lee Metcalf Wilderness, which climbs 10,995-foot Monument Peak. The Big Sky Snowmobile Trail used to access the cabin in winter provides challenging back country snowmobiling.

The area offers excellent big game hunting opportunities in the fall.

Facilities:

The cabin can accommodate up to four people and has bunk bed platforms and cots. A wood stove is available to heat the cabin. Basic cookware, dishes, an axe, shovel, broom, mop and table with chairs are also provided. An outhouse with vault toilet is located outside and adjacent to the cabin. A hitching rail for stock is available. A meat pole for game meat has been installed about 150 yards behind the cabin.

Drinking water, electricity and firewood are not provided. Guests need to bring their own water supply as well as firewood, since wood is scarce around the cabin. Garbage bags are also necessary for guests to pack out all trash.

Mattresses and lanterns or flashlights are not provided. Items like bedding, dish soap, matches, first aid supplies and extra toilet paper are not available. Guests are expected to clean the cabin prior to leaving.

Nearby Attractions:

Yellowstone National Park is approximately 20 miles from Cabin Creek Cabin, which makes it an ideal destination for a day trip.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Axe
  • Birding
  • Broom & Dust Pan
  • Bunkbed(s)
  • Cleaning Equipment
  • Cooking Pots
  • Cot(s)
  • Hiking
  • Hitching Racks
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Hunting
  • Snow shovel
  • Snowmobile Trails
  • Table & Chairs
  • Trailheads
  • Vault Toilets
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Wood Stove
Know Before You Go
  • The cabin remains locked; guests must call the Hebgen Lake Ranger District office at (406) 823-6961, Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m on the last business day before a scheduled reservation
  • Water is not available in the cabin; water obtained from nearby natural water sources should be treated prior to use
  • Grizzly bears frequent the area; store all coolers, food, beverages and garbage inside the cabin
  • Hebgen Lake Ranger District staff will be patrolling for compliance with a food storage order in the cabin vicinity throughout the fall hunting season; Click here for more information
  • No garbage service; please bring garbage bags and pack out all trash and personal belongings
  • Please use minimum impact techniques for holding stock; scatter manure to be considerate of other visitors to the cabin
  • Hay and feed brought to the site for stock must be certified weed-free
  • Candles are not allowed at the cabin
  • Click here for more information about Gallatin National Forest
  • Don't Move Firewood: Prevent the spread of tree-killing pests by obtaining firewood near your destination and burning it on-site. For more information visit don'tmovefirewood.org.
  • Don't Move Firewood: Prevent the spread of tree-killing pests by obtaining firewood near your destination and burning it on-site. For more information visit don'tmovefirewood.org.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
44.8875, -111.19667
44°53'15"N, 111°11'48"W

Summer access from West Yellowstone: Travel north on U.S. Highway 191 for approximately 10 miles. Turn left on the Tepee Creek Road/Forest Service Road 986 and continue approximately 6.5 miles to Trail 151. From the trailhead, hike or ride on horseback or off-road vehicles, about six miles to the cabin. (Off-road vehicles are only allowed on Trail 151 and must be parked at the trail's junction with Trail 206. Visitors must then hike less than a mile to the cabin).

Winter access from West Yellowstone: The cabin is adjacent to the Big Sky Snowmobile Trail. Either start north from West Yellowstone by snowmobile, or drive from West Yellowstone approximately 9.5 miles north on U.S. Highway 191. Parking is available at the Fir Ridge Cemetery pullout. The Big Sky Snowmobile Trail starts on the north side of U.S. Highway 191 and runs approximately 11 miles to the cabin.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

CABIN CREEK CABIN
PO BOX 520
WEST YELLOWSTONE MT 59758

Phone Number:

Information: (406)823-6961
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