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HOGAN CABIN, MT

part ofBeaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: HOGAN CABIN
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
 

Overview

Hogan Cabin is a small cabin located on the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail in western Montana. The cabin was built in the 1920s to provide field quarters for trail crews, smoke chasers, timber cruisers and grazing inspectors that worked in the area.

It is a great retreat for snow lovers in the winter, as the cabin provides access to a variety of snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails. Summer and fall months give guests plenty of daylight and moderate temperatures to explore the surrounding meadows, peaks and valleys, as well as fish in plentiful mountain streams.

The cabin can be accessed by vehicle throughout most of the year. Guests may have to snowmobile, hike or ski up to six miles, depending on conditions. Guests are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety, and must bring several of their own amenities.

Natural Features:

The cabin is situated on the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail at an elevation of about 7,300 feet. It is at the southwestern end of the Anaconda Mountains, near the Sapphire Range, in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest.

The Anacondas are home to abundant wildlife, including mountain lions, elk, deer, moose and bears (learn more about bear safety).

Recreation:

The surrounding hills and valleys are popular for hiking and backpacking in the summer and fall, and for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling in the winter, although extreme caution is encouraged to avoid avalanche danger. The Shoofly Ski Trail is about six miles in length. A much shorter cutoff trail provides an easier route around the steepest portions of the longer trail and both connect to the Scooter Creek Trail.

The cabin sits along the famous Lewis and Clark Trail, which led frontier explorers through the area in the early 1800s. The entire length of the trail covers 4,600 miles, showcasing some of the most beautiful and rugged areas of America.

Hunting and fishing are also popular in the area. Mountain creeks and streams run near the cabin, and wildlife is abundant in the surrounding forest. It is also a popular place to watch for various bird species.

Facilities:

The one-room log cabin has bunk beds and mattresses to sleep up to four people. It has a table and chairs, a propane stove, propane lantern, and a variety of cooking, eating and cleaning equipment.

A wood stove is available for heat, and firewood and an axe are provided from September 16-June 15. Firewood is not provided from June 16-September 15. An outhouse with vault toilet and a campfire ring with grill are located nearby.

The cabin has no electricity or running water. Guests will need to bring water for drinking, cooking and cleaning purposes, as well as small propane canisters for the stove and lantern.

Guests also need to bring their own bedding, food, towels, soap, matches and flashlights, toilet paper, garbage bags and other necessities. There is no cell phone service available at the cabin. Guests are required to pack out all trash and food and clean the cabin prior to leaving.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Birding
  • Broom & Dust Pan
  • Bunkbed(s) With Mattresses
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Campfire Rings
  • Cleaning Equipment
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Cooking Pots
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Firewood
  • First Aid Kit
  • Hiking
  • Propane Lantern (Fuel not provided)
  • Propane Stove
  • Snow shovel
  • Snowmobile Trails
  • Snowshoeing
  • Table & Chairs
  • Trailheads
  • Trails
  • Vault Toilets
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Wood Stove
Within 10 Miles
  • Historic Sites
  • Pay Phone
  • Visitor Center
Know Before You Go
  • Guests must bring their own water
  • Propane fuel is not provided
  • Hogan Cabin is only accessible by motorized vehicle from June 15-October 15, or until the snow closes the road. The remaining months of the year the cabin can only be accessed by snowmobiling, skiing, snowshoeing, all-terrain vehicles, hiking or horseback. Distance to the cabin varies by the snow conditions and can be as far as 6 miles.
  • Firewood is only provided from September 16-June 15. Firewood is not provided June 16-September 15.
  • This facility is located in a remote area; before making a reservation, become aware of bear, water and weather safety, including avalanche danger
  • The cabin remains locked; contact the Wisdom Ranger District during office hours to obtain a key code
  • All garbage and food must be packed out
  • Guests should be aware that there is a risk of exposure to hantavirus when visiting remote cabins; click here to learn more
  • Learn more about the Beaverhead-Deerlodge 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 dontmovefirewood.org.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
45.71306, -113.88
45°42'47"N, 113°52'48"W

Travel west on Highway 43 from Wisdom, Montana for about 25 miles. From this point, there are 4 separate access routes depending on conditions and preference.

Access 1
Forest Service (FS) Road #1260: This road takes off from the Chief Joseph Pass sign. The first mile is for skiers only. The remaining road is shared by both skiers and snowmobiles. The route is marked with blue and orange diamonds. This route is recommended for the novice or inexperienced skier. The total distance is 6 miles.

Access 2
Shoofly Trail #101B is the shortest route into Hogan Cabin and also the most difficult. This trail takes off from the parking area along Highway 43 by the Cabinet Creek sign. There are a few sections with steep pitches and most of the difficult sections are tree-lined. If you choose the Shoofly Trail, consideration should be given to snow conditions and skier experience. This trail is marked with blue diamonds.

Access 3
Shoofly Alternate: This trail leaves the Shoofly trail from the north end of the meadow and it rejoins Shoofly at the top of the hill. The Shoofly Alternate offers skiers going to Hogan Cabin a more gentle ascent of the hill. If snow conditions are poor when you are returning from the cabin or you are not comfortable with the faster downhill that Shoofly offers, this route may be advisable. It is marked by blue diamonds.

Access 4
Trail Creek Road #106 is the main snowmobile route into the area and is marked with orange diamonds. It is also the flattest route into Hogan Cabin. Skiers should expect encounters with snowmobiles if they use this route. It is 6 miles to Hogan Cabin on this road.

A map of the area may be necessary to reach the cabin and can be purchased by calling the Wisdom Ranger District.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

HOGAN CABIN
PO BOX 238
WISDOM  MT  59761

Phone Number:

Information:  (406)689-3243
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