Activities and Amenities
WEST FORK OF ROCK CREEK CABIN, MT
Status: Open year round. Season Dates
OverviewThe West Fork of Rock Creek Cabin is located on the western edge of the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest and is open for reservations year-round. It is a quaint cabin that provides a great experience in the mountains of southwestern Montana. The cabin offers access to numerous trails and wildlife viewing, as well as a comfortable place to picnic and spend the nights.
There are six structures at the site, which was once used as a Forest Service Guard Station and later as a youth camp. Only the westernmost of the two small cabins at the south end has been restored and is available to the public.
The site can typically be accessed by vehicle, depending on conditions. Excessive snowfall may require renters to walk about 200 yards from the plowed highway to the cabin. Guests are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety, and must bring several of their own amenities.
The log cabin is situated near the Anaconda Pintler Wilderness in an open meadow surrounded by evergreens. The area is known for its high, rugged and beautiful mountain scenery, where hundreds of mountain goats make their home. The cabin is close to some scenic, clear mountain streams and ponds, where a number of wildlife species, including elk, moose, deer, mountain lions and bears, come to water (learn more about bear safety).
A variety of hiking and horseback riding trails are available in the area, as well as ample wildlife viewing. Visitors enjoy cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter.
The primitive, one-room cabin is equipped with two sets of bunk beds with mattress pads that can sleep up to four people. It has a table and chairs, basic cooking utensils and minimal cooking pots. A propane stove is available, but fuel is not supplied. A wood stove is provided for heat. Firewood is available, but not guaranteed.
Activities and Amenities
Know Before You Go1.The cabins are locked; to obtain the combination, call the Deer Lodge Work Center at 406-846-1770, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
2.This facility is located in a remote location. Vehicle access cannot be guaranteed at any time due to ever-changing weather and road conditions.
3.Be Bear Aware; for more information about recreating in bear country, please visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/sierra/home/?cid=stelprdb5324172.
4.Hantavirus; guests should be aware of the risk of exposure to Hantavirus while staying in the cabin. Please visit http://www.cdc.gov/hantavirus/hps/transmission.html for more information about Hantavirus.
5.All food and garbage must be packed out.
6.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.
Getting There:GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
From Philipsburg, travel south on Highway 1 for just over 6 miles. Turn right onto Skalkaho Highway/Highway 38 and travel west for about 13 miles. The entrance to the cabin is on the left, behind a locked gate, which uses the same key code as the cabin. The last 200 yards of the road may be closed due to snowfall during the winter months. Maps may be purchased by calling the Pintler Ranger District.
Mailing Address:WEST FORK OF ROCK CREEK CABIN
266 Warren Lane
Deer Lodge MT 59722
Phone Number:Information: (406)846-1770