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IBEX CABIN, MT
part ofCuster Gallatin National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Closed through Sun May 31 2015 Season Dates
OverviewIbex Cabin was constructed in 1939 as a shelter for Forest Service rangers working within the Shields Ranger District of the Gallatin National Forest of south-central Montana. It is available for summer and winter recreational use, and provides a peaceful, remote mountain retreat.
Guests can drive to the cabin from June through October, although high clearance, four-wheel drive vehicles are strongly recommended. The access road to the cabin may get muddy in the rain, so guests may want to call ahead for road conditions. In the winter, the cabin is only accessible by a 5.5-mile ski, snowshoe or snowmobile trip. Guests are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety.
This cabin offers very rustic accommodations with limited amenities, so guests should be prepared to bring most of their own supplies and gear to make their stay an enjoyable experience.
The rustic cabin is nestled at the edge of a meadow in the foothills of the Crazy Mountains, at an elevation of 6,600 feet. A forest of Lodgepole pine grows behind the cabin, and views from the front reveal the 7,354-foot peak of Ibex Mountain.
There are a number of trails in the area for hikers, equestrians and snowmobilers. The Ibex Trail and Cottonwood Lake Trail are the closest to the cabin. The trailhead for Cottonwood Lake can be accessed three miles up the road from the cabin. Trails in the area may sometimes cross private property, so guests should obtain permission before using them.
The cabin has bunk beds with mattresses to accommodate up to four people. Other amenities include a wood stove for heat, a propane lantern, table, chairs, axe, splitting maul, bucket, broom, mop and shovel.
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Know Before You Go
Getting There:GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
From Livingston, travel north on U.S. Highway 89 just past Clyde Park. Turn right onto Cottonwood Bench Road and continue 3 miles. Turn right onto Cottonwood Road and proceed for about 7 miles, to the intersection of Upper Cottonwood Creek Road and Lower Cottonwood Road. Turn left on Upper Cottonwood Creek Road. Take the next right, continuing on Upper Cottonwood Creek Road. Continue approximately 4.5 miles to an intersection and bear left onto Ibex Road, following the signs for the next 2.5 miles to the cabin. (High clearance four-wheel drive vehicles are recommended due to the rough road conditions).
In the winter, park at the winter parking area at the intersection of Briggs Lane and Upper Cottonwood Creek Road, which is approximately 9 miles from U.S. Highway 89. Ski, snowshoe or snowmobile the remaining 5.5 miles to the cabin.
The Cottonwood area can be extremely windblown during the winter months. Roads drift in with snow quickly during high winds and may not be plowed for 24 to 48 hours. It is recommended that winter guests carry topographic maps and compasses for navigation since the route may be windblown and difficult to find. The signs might be down due to weather conditions or vandalism.
Mailing Address:IBEX CABIN
5242 HIGHWAY 89 SOUTH
LIVINGSTON MT 59047
Phone Number:Project Office: (406)222-1892