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TRAIL CREEK CABIN, MT
part ofGallatin National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open through Tue Mar 31 2015 Season Dates
OverviewTrail Creek Cabin, built in 1924, was the original ranger station for the Bozeman Ranger District. It is available from June through March, offering guests the chance to enjoy summer or winter recreation.
The cabin is located in a remote area that is not accessible by car. Guests must travel on foot, horseback, off-road vehicle or mountain bike, or, in winter, on skis, snowshoes or snowmobile to reach the cabin. The best route for arriving on foot or horseback is about 2 miles, while off-road vehicles and snowmobiles have a 5-mile route.
Guests are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety, and must bring several of their own amenities.
The cabin is located in the foothills of the Gallatin Mountains at an elevation of 6,200 feet. It is situated on the edge of a meadow in front of a stand of lodgepole pine. The front porch of the cabin offers views of the meadow with the mountain peaks beyond. A small creek flows behind the cabin.
The cabin is ideally located along a trail system that connects the Livingston and Bozeman forest districts. A hiking and equestrian trail at the end of Goose Creek Road leads to several alpine lakes. Snowy conditions provide ample opportunities to snowshoers and cross-country skiers.
The cabin has bunk beds with mattresses to accommodate up to four people. A wood stove is available to heat the cabin. Other amenities include a table with chairs, propane lantern, shovel, bucket, mop and broom. The cabin is stocked with firewood from September through June, as well as an axe and splitting maul.
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Getting There:GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
From Newman Creek, foot, ski and horse travel are accommodated. To reach the trailhead, travel south off Interstate 90 (exit 316) on Trail Creek Road for approximately 7 miles, then west on Newman Creek Road to the trailhead (1 mile). The trail to the cabin is 2.2 miles, with the first 1.7 miles crossing private property, so please stay on the trail. For those coming from the south; the Newman Creek Road turnoff is 5.5 miles north of the Trail Creek Road/Divide Road junction. During winter months, Newman Creek Road may not be plowed and an additional 1-mile ski might be necessary to reach the cabin.
From Goose Creek, snowmobile and off-road vehicle travel are accommodated. To reach this trailhead, travel south off Interstate 90 (Exit 316) on the Trail Creek Road for 3 miles, then east on Goose Creek Road for 2 miles to the locked gate. Parking is available at this point. The cabin is located 5.2 miles further up the road. Off-road vehicles must be less than 50 inches wide to maneuver through a slot in the Goose Creek Gate.
It is recommended that winter renters carry topographic maps and compasses for navigation, since the route may be difficult to find due to weather conditions.
Mailing Address:TRAIL CREEK CABIN
5242 HIGHWAY 89 SOUTH
LIVINGSTON MT 59047
Phone Number:Information: (406)222-1892