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HOGBACK HOMESTEAD, MT
Status: Open year round. Season Dates
OverviewThe Hogback Homestead is a fully furnished log cabin that sits on approximately five acres along Hogback Creek in western Montana. It provides access to a variety of recreational activities, including the Rock Creek, as well as exceptional scenery. The cabin is on a Forest Service work site, where fire crews occasionally assemble, but with plenty of space to spread out, visitors will hardly know they're there.
The cabin is located near the scenic Hogback Creek, in the rugged Sapphire Mountains, at an elevation of 4,500 feet. It was built in 1917 as a permanent home for Forest Service employees. In the early 1990s the Missoula Ranger District, along with many dedicated volunteers, restored the Hogback Homestead to its original historic condition, providing renters an opportunity to experience the setting and lifestyle of the early 1900s.
The area is popular for big game hunting in designated areas and wildlife viewing. Visitors also enjoy fishing in Rock Creek. The mountain stream is known for its exceptional trout fishing.
The two-story cabin has three bedrooms and can sleep up to eight people. The kitchen, living room/dining room, and a single bedroom with a double bed are located on the first floor. Two bedrooms, one with a double bed and one with two bunk beds, are located on the second floor. The first floor is wheelchair accessible.
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Know Before You Go
There is an ongoing big game winter range improvement project that includes prescribed fire in much of the Rock Creek drainage area. These management activities may lead to smoky conditions and the possibility of fire fighting personnel and equipment, including helicopters, in close proximity to the Hogback Homestead.
Getting There:GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
From Missoula, Montana, travel east on Interstate 90 for about 20 miles to exit 126. Drive south on Rock Creek Road for about 29 miles. Rock Creek Road is a hardened surface for 12 miles and the remainder is a gravel, single-lane road, with intermittent pull-outs. It is not suitable for RVs or trailers, due to blind turns, steep grades and a narrow width. Maps are available online or for purchase by calling the Missoula Ranger District.
During winter, take the Drummond exit 153 on Interstate 90 and follow Scenic Highway 1 south to Philipsburg. One mile north of Philipsburg, turn west on State Road 348. Travel 13 miles west, cross Rock Creek and turn north onto Rock Creek Road. Continue 12 miles to the homestead. Winter access is plowed within 4 miles of the cabin. A four-wheel drive vehicle equipped with chains is recommended. Travelers may also want to bring an alternate form of transportation (ski, snowshoe or snowmobile) to complete the route.
Mailing Address:HOGBACK HOMESTEAD
2933 Rock Creek Road
Philipsburg MT 59858
Phone Number:Information: (406)329-3814