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LIZ CREEK CABIN, ID

part ofNez Perce-Clearwater National Forests, US Forest Service
 

Overview

Liz Creek Cabin was built in 1929 as a single-room cabin with a front porch. This is a good example of a common type of backcountry guard station built for Forest Service workers at that time. It's now eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.

Guests must hike or mountain bike to reach the cabin via the Weitas Creek Trail or the Liz Butte Trail. Weitas Creek can accommodate off-road vehicles for the first 7.8 miles; the last 1.5 miles must be completed on foot. Liz Butte requires 3 miles of travel on foot or mountain bike.

Only a few amenities are provided, so guests will need to bring most of their own supplies and gear.

Natural Features:

Liz Creek Cabin is situated at the confluence of Liz and Weitas Creeks at an elevation of approximately 3,500 feet. It sits in a meadow that fills with colorful wildflowers every summer. Beyond the meadow is evergreen forest and the peaks of the Bitterroot Mountains.

Elk, white-tailed and mule deer, black bear, cougar, mountain goat and moose call this area home. They mostly roam at night but can occasionally be seen in the daytime.

Recreation:

Trails 20 (Weitas Creek) and 649 (Liz Butte) are the access trails used to reach the cabin. The Weitas Creek Trail is 29.2 miles and connects Weitas Campground (Road 250) with 12 Mile Saddle (Road 500). The Liz Butte Trail is 4.2 miles and connects Liz Butte with the mouth of Liz Creek. Liz Butte Trail is closed to motorized traffic, though off-road vehicles can access a part of Weitas Creek Trail.

Both creeks offer fishing opportunities.

Facilities:

Liz Creek Cabin accommodates a maximum of four people. It has a sleeping loft with two army cots. A wood-burning stove provides heat. Other amenities include a table with chairs, broom and dustpan, storage cabinets and a fire extinguisher. A campfire ring and outhouse with pit toilet are located outside the cabin.

No water, firewood or electricity is provided. Guests need to bring their own water supply or treat water from the creek. They are expected to pack out trash and tidy up the cabin before leaving.

Items such as fire starters (matches and newspaper), a cook stove, flashlights or lanterns, bedding, pillows, cookware, dishes, utensils, garbage bags and toilet paper are not provided.

Nearby Attractions:

The Lolo Motorway stretches 100 miles through scenic mountain landscapes. Summer visitors can see meadows and hillsides blanketed in colorful wildflowers. Travelers should be prepared for rough, sometimes treacherous conditions. No services are located along this road, so travelers should have plenty of gas, food and water for the drive.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Broom & Dust Pan
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Campfire Rings
  • Cot(s)
  • Creek Access
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Historic Sites
  • Mountain Biking
  • Off-Road Vehicle Trails
  • Pit Toilets
  • Table & Chairs
  • Trails
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Wood Stove
Know Before You Go
  • Water is not available at the cabin; guests must bring their own water or treat natural sources
  • No garbage service is offered; please pack out your garbage
  • Candles are not permitted in the cabin
  • Persons who are considering renting Liz Creek Cabin are strongly encouraged to contact Clearwater National Forest Supervisors office (208) 476-8267 for more information
  • Click here for more information about Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests
  • 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):
46.48028, -115.28944
46°28'49"N, 115°17'22"W

From Lewiston, Idaho (Option #1 - Trail #649), travel east on U.S. Highway 12 to Kamiah, Idaho (66 miles). Once you cross the bridge over the Clearwater River, you're about 2.5 hours from the cabin. Make a sharp left onto Woodland Road. Stay on this road until you come to the second road to the right (Forest Road 100), then turn. Travel about 22 miles to Lolo Campground. Continue on the road another 5.25 miles to the junction with Forest Road 103. Turn onto Road 103 and follow it for 15 miles to Beaver Dam Saddle. At the junction, turn right onto Forest Road 104. Stay on this road for nearly 1 mile until you reach the junction with Forest Road 500, the Lolo Motorway. Make a sharp left turn onto Road 500. Travel about 14 miles along this road to the intersection with Forest Road 560. Travel about half a mile on Road 560 to the junction with Trail 649. Hike or bike approximately 3 miles on Trail 649 to the Liz Creek Cabin.

From Lewiston, Idaho (option #2 Trail #20), travel east on U.S. Highway 12 to Kamiah, Idaho (66 miles). Once you cross the bridge over the Clearwater River, you're about 2.5 hours from the cabin. Make a sharp left onto Woodland Road. Stay on this road until you come to the second road to the right (Forest Road 100), then turn. Travel about 22 miles to Lolo Campground. Continue on the road another 5 and a quarter miles to the junction with Forest Road 103. Turn onto Road 103 and follow it for 15 miles to Beaver Dam Saddle. At the junction, turn right onto Forest Road 104. Stay on this road for nearly 1 mile until you reach the junction with Forest Road 500, the Lolo Motorway. Make a sharp left turn onto Road 500. Travel approximately 21 miles to the junction with Trail 20, which is located 1 mile south of 12 Mile Saddle. Please note that this is an exceptionally narrow, rough road! It can take as long as 3 to 3.5 hours to drive this distance. Full-size vehicles are not allowed on Trail 20. Persons wishing to access the Liz Creek Cabin must hike or ride an ATV, mountain bike or motorcycle for the first 7.8 miles of the trail. The final 1.5 miles are open only to hikers or mountain bike or motorcycle riders; the trail tread is too narrow to accommodate ATVs.

From Missoula, Montana, travel south on U.S. Highway 93 to Lolo, Montana. Turn right and travel west on U.S. Highway 12 to Kamiah, Idaho (152 miles). Before you cross the bridge over the Clearwater River, turn right onto Woodland Road. When you come to the second road to the right (Forest Road 100), turn. From this point, follow directions detailed above.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

LIZ CREEK CABIN
North Fork Ranger District, 12730 Highway 12
Orofino  ID  83544

Phone Number:

Information:  (208)476-8267
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