Racetrack Cabin is a favorite of hiking and ATV enthusiasts during the summer months. The surrounding area is serene and beautiful, and somewhat off the beaten path. It is a great way to explore western Montana and offers access to numerous lakes, where fishing is popular.
The cabin is remotely located and was built to house miners in the 1930s. It was later donated to the Forest Service and refurbished for use by the public.
Access to the cabin requires a vehicle with four-wheel drive and high clearance year-round. This is an extremely primitive forest road, be prepared to deal with ruts, downed trees and washouts. Road is impassible to wheeled vehicles in winter. Guests need to plan for cross-country skiing or snowmobiling up to 14 miles to reach the cabin during during winter months. A map may be necessary to locate the cabin. The cabin is very primitive and offers very few amenities. Guests should be prepared to bring most of their own supplies and gear.
The primitive, one-room cabin is equipped with two sets of bunk beds and can sleep up to four people. It has a table and chairs, minimal cooking utensils and some pots and
pans. There is a wood stove for heat. Firewood is provided but cannot be guaranteed. A mop, broom and bucket are provided.
Cupboard space is available within the cabin, as well as a storage box for food. An outhouse with a vault toilet is provided outside of the cabin.
There is no electricity, water or sewer at the cabin. Guests need to bring water for cooking, cleaning and drinking. Other items to bring include bedding, sleeping pads, pillows, towels,
soap, dishes, cooking equipment and fuel, toilet paper, garbage bags and an axe.
Cell phone service is nonexistent in the area, even with a cell booster. Guests must pack out all trash and food, and clean the cabin before leaving.
This cabin is open for reservations and use again starting May 15, 2020. Please understand that it will not be cleaned between visitors, and that you should come prepared to do some basic cleaning as you arrive and before you depart.
For questions and concerns, please call the Pintler Ranger District at (406) 859-3211, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Water is not available at this cabin. It is recommended you bring your own supply or a way to purify water from the creek.
This facility is located in a remote location. Vehicle access cannot be guaranteed at any time due to ever-changing weather and road conditions. Even during good weather 4x4 is mandatory and you must bring a chainsaw and saw gas due to the many falling trees in the area.
All food and garbage must be packed out.
A map may be helpful for locating this facility. Visit the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/bdnf for more information. Maps are available at each District Ranger Office.
The cabin is situated next to Racetrack Creek on the east side of the Flint Creek Range at an elevation of about 6,300 feet in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest.
The surrounding area is densely forested.
The Flint Creek Range has typical Rocky Mountain fauna, including a few mountain goats. The area is popular for hunting deer, elk and blue grouse, and dozens of alpine lakes provide good fishing. Bears may also frequent the area (learn more about bear safety).
Two interesting sites are located in or near Deer Lodge, Montana, which is about an hour away. One is the Grant-Kohrs Ranch, a working cattle ranch operated by the National Park Service just outside of Deer Lodge. The Old Montana Territorial Prison in Deer Lodge was built by convict labor in 1871 and once housed a member of Butch Cassidy's "Wild Bunch". Both are nationally recognized historic sites.
Trout fishing is popular in the nearby creek, as well as in any of the accessible mountain lakes in the vicinity. Access to the lakes requires extensive hiking, but the area is home to a variety of trails for hiking and mountain biking. Hunting is also popular in designated areas around the cabin.
Visitors also enjoy cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the area during the winter. Various weather conditions can increase avalanche danger in the area and visitors are encouraged to carry proper backcountry equipment, including a beacon, shovel and probe, while recreating.
Reservations are nonrefundable unless extenuating circumstances warrant otherwise. Determination will be made on a case by case basis.
88 Business Loop Phillipsburg MT 59858
For campground inquiries, please call: 406-859-3211
Attention: The road to Racetrack Cabin is impassable to 2 wheel drive vehicles, you must have a high cleareance 4x4 vehicle. This is an extremely rough and rutted road. Do not even attempt this drive unless you're experienced with primitive forest roads. Allow yourself at least 30 minutes to travel the last 4 miles to the cabin. Livestock will have to be high lined at the cabin. For additional information about accessing the cabin, please call (406) 859-3211.
From Deer Lodge, travel south on Interstate 90 for about 11 miles to the Racetrack exit 195. Turn west and drive about 1 mile, then turn south and continue less than a mile to Forest Road 169. Turn west onto Forest Road 169 and continue about 16 miles to the cabin. Maps may be purchased by calling the Pintler Ranger District.
Vehicle access cannot be guaranteed any time of year due to ever-changing weather or road conditions. In the winter, guests must be prepared to travel up to 14 miles to the cabin on skis or snowmobile from the end of the plowed road.