Activities and Amenities
Attention: The West Fork Cabin will be closed from July 14, 2014 through September 29, 2014.
WEST FORK CABIN (S OF ENNIS), MT
Status: Open through Sat Mar 29 2014 Season Dates
OverviewWest Fork Cabin is a small, cozy cabin in the mountains of southwestern Montana. It sits high in the Gravelly Range and has a scenic view of an ancient volcanic cone. The area is home to a variety of wildlife and offers numerous trails for hikers, equestrians and off-road vehicle riders during warmer months and snowmobilers in the winter.
The cabin is available from July 2 through March 31. It can typically be accessed by vehicle; however, a portion of the roadway may be muddy or snow-covered, requiring four-wheel drive or chains. Depending on the weather, snowmobiles may be necessary to reach the cabin. Guests are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety, and must bring several of their own amenities.
The cabin is located on the southern end of the Gravelly Range at an elevation of 8,460 feet. Black Butte, the highest peak on the range and an old volcanic cone, can be seen from the cabin. Black Butte Cabin, which is often rented together with the West Fork Cabin, is about 11 miles to the north.
The cabin is used primarily for hunting, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Visitors are encouraged to practice safe snowmobiling techniques (learn more about avalanche danger).
The primitive, one-room cabin is small and has a set of bunk beds and one twin bed to sleep up to three people. It has a table and chairs, a propane stove and lantern, and a wood stove for heat. Firewood is stacked against the outside fence or within a box on the porch. The cabin is also stocked with basic cookware, dishes, utensils and cleaning equipment.
Activities and Amenities
Know Before You Go
Getting There:GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
From Ennis, travel south on Highway 287 for about 30 miles, then head northwest on Standard Creek Road for about 20 miles and 10 miles south on Forest Road 290. The majority of the road to the cabin is gravel and has some long, steep grades, which may require four-wheel drive. The road can be treacherous and impassable if the conditions are wet or snowy. Snowmobiles or skis may be required for the final portion, up to 30 miles, in the winter. Maps (Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest-South) may be purchased by calling the Madison Ranger District.
Mailing Address:WEST FORK CABIN (S OF ENNIS)
5 FOREST SERVICE ROAD
ENNIS MT 59729
Phone Number:Information: (406)682-4253