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FOX CREEK CABIN (MT), MT

part ofGallatin National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: FOX CREEK CABIN (MT)
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
 

Overview

Fox Creek Cabin is a former ranger station located in a remote area. It is very small and offers only basic amenities. Guests will need to bring most of the gear and supplies they need to have a comfortable and enjoyable stay.

The cabin is located in a non-motorized area and can only be accessed by a 2.5-mile hike during the summer months, from the end of Langohr Road. A four-wheel drive vehicle is recommended for driving on Langohr Road. Winter access to the cabin requires hiking, skiing or snowshoeing about six miles from the South Cottonwood Trailhead.

Natural Features:

The cabin sits at an elevation of approximately 6,700 feet, next to South Cottonwood Creek in the midst of the Gallatin Mountain Range. It is situated in a small clearing surrounded by thick evergreen forest, so it is well hidden from the trails used to reach the cabin. The access trails offer scenic views of wildflower meadows and 10,154-foot Mount Blackmore.

Wildlife in this area includes grizzly bears, gray wolves, mountain lions, deer, elk, moose, bighorn sheep and Canada lynx. Birders may see a wide variety of bird species.

Recreation:

The South Cottonwood and History Rock Trails are used to access the cabin and are available for hiking, mountain biking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, depending on the conditions. Both trails connect to the Mount Blackmore Loop Trail, which offers views of the Hyalite Canyon at the summit of Mount Blackmore before descending to Blackmore Lake.

Fishing is possible in the area, as well as hunting in the fall.

Facilities:

The cabin has bunk beds with mattresses to accommodate up to two people. A small wood stove can be used for heating and cooking. A table with chairs, basic cookware, dishes, utensils and cleaning equipment are provided. An outhouse is equipped with a vault toilet.

Electricity and water are not provided. Guests must bring their own water supply and flashlights or lanterns. Guests should also bring their own bedding, dish soap, toilet paper, garbage bags and other supplies. The cabin will need to be cleaned and all trash carried out prior to departure.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Birding
  • Broom & Dust Pan
  • Bunkbed(s) With Mattresses
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Cooking Pots
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Creek Access
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Mountain Biking
  • Snow shovel
  • Snowshoeing
  • Table & Chairs
  • Trails
  • Vault Toilets
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Wood Stove
Know Before You Go
  • Water is not available in the cabin; water obtained from nearby natural water sources should be treated prior to use
  • The cabin remains locked; a combination lock code will be contained in the reservation confirmation letter/email
  • Guests must carefully follow the food storage order for Gallatin National Forest; click here for more information
  • No garbage service; please bring garbage bags and pack out all that you pack in
  • Candles are not permitted inside the cabin
  • Federal regulations prohibit firing a gun or use of any other weapon in or within 150 yards of a developed recreation site, across or on a road or body of water, or in any circumstance whereby any person may be injured or property damaged; violators will be prosecuted
  • Horses are not allowed within 100 yards of cabin
  • Pets not recommended; solid pet wastes must be removed within 100 yards of 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):
45.48, -111.04417
45°28'48"N, 111°2'39"W

Summer Access from Hyalite Canyon:
From Main Street in Bozeman, drive down South 19th for approximately 7 miles to Hyalite Canyon Road 62. Turn left and proceed up the canyon. (Hyalite Canyon Road is not plowed in the winter). Continue about 6 miles to Langohr Road 1046, just past the Langohr Campground. Turn right and proceed about 4 miles to a fork in the road. Take the left fork, which leads to a switchback and climb through a clear-cut with the last section getting fairly rough and rutted. The clear-cut ends at the top of the ridge between Hyalite and South Cottonwood. Park at the small opening, off to the left. Just before the ridge top, a spur trail with a large dirt hump in the middle heads back to the south to meet the main History Rock Trail 424. At the History Rock Trail, turn right (southwest) and continue 2.5 miles. The trail forks just before South Cottonwood Creek. Go left at the fork and watch for cabin signs. Cross Fox Creek at the bottom on a footbridge, but do not cross South Cottonwood Creek. Staying to the left is a good rule for finding the cabin and staying on the trail. After the new bridge, follow the trail through the woods another 50 yards to the meadow and go left. The cabin is in the woods back toward the drainage you just came down (it cannot be seen from the meadow). Winter Access from South Cottonwood:
Hike, snowshoe or cross-country ski approximately 6 miles up the South Cottonwood Trail 422. Cross the big meadow a half-mile from the trailhead and continue another half-mile more to the History Rock Trail junction. Don't turn east until the sign is visible. Where the South Cottonwood Trail intersects with the History Rock Trail 424, take the History Rock Trail east for a short distance and cross a footbridge following a new trail route up away from the creek; the trail shortly intersects with the old History Rock Trail and a cabin sign should be pointing right. Follow the trail to a footbridge across Fox Creek and go left in the meadow after the bridge. The cabin is in the woods and difficult to see, so keep to the left, away from the creek, in order to find it.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

FOX CREEK CABIN (MT)
3710 W FALLON STREET SUITE C
BOZEMAN MT 59718

Phone Number:

Information: (406)522-2520
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