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NOTCH CABIN, MT
Status: Closed through Fri Jun 27 2014 Season Dates
OverviewNotch Cabin is located in a remote part of southwestern Montana and is open from early July through November. It is somewhat difficult to access, but worth the trouble for outdoor enthusiasts. The cabin is used by big game hunters during hunting season. Hiking is available in the summer and fall.
The cabin was built by a miner in the early 1900s. The surrounding landscape is thick with sage and grasslands, as well as lush riparian zones that are full of wildlife.
A high-clearance, four-wheel drive vehicle is required to access the cabin, which is located on a rough road. The cabin offers some basic amenities. Guests are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety, and must bring most of their own supplies and gear.
The cabin is situated at an elevation of 8,470 feet in a notch between Olson Peak and Hogback Mountain on the Snowcrest Range. A small stream runs about 100 feet in front of the cabin.
In addition to big game hunting, visitors can enjoy hiking, backpacking and horseback riding in the area. While no Forest Service trails are within the immediate vicinity of the cabin, the Snowcrest Trail is within a mile. It covers the entire range, providing panoramic views of the area. The 40-mile trail can serve as a hearty horseback riding adventure, a lengthy backpacking trip, or make for several day trips.
The tiny, low-roofed cabin is equipped with a set of bunk beds with foam pads that sleep up to two people, a propane cook stove, basic cooking utensils, a propane lantern, wood heat stove, broom, dustpan and basic cleaning supplies.
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Getting There:GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
Notch Cabin is about 62 miles from Ennis, Montana. The final 28 miles are gravel, dirt or primitive two-track.
From Ennis, take Montana Highway 287 west for 23 miles to Alder. At Alder, turn south toward Ruby Reservoir (County 248) and travel 21 miles. Turn right on Ledford Creek Road (County 50) and travel southwest for 3 miles to signed junction. Turn right and after about 4.5 miles, you'll enter the Robb-Ledford WMA. Continue for 0.5 mile to junction, turn right and travel for 5 miles. This stretch of the road will split, with the option of going around or over a hill, then reconnecting a short distance later. After the 5 miles, another road joins in from the west. Continue south toward the mountains and cross Ledford Creek after about 3.5 miles. Go 0.5 mile farther, and you'll reach the Forest Boundary. The cabin lies 1 mile beyond the boundary.
You'll see the cabin straight ahead just as the road turns left across the creek. Driving time from Ennis is nearly 3 hours, with the last 9 miles taking over an hour. Cabin may also be accessed via Sweetwater Creek Road, then Spring Brook road. See map for details. Maps (Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest-South) may be purchased by calling the Madison Ranger District at 406-682-4253.
Mailing Address:NOTCH CABIN
5 FOREST SERVICE RD.
ENNIS MT 59729
Phone Number:Information: (406)682-4253