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HELLS CANYON GUARD STATION, MT

Photo: HELLS CANYON GUARD STATION
Status: Open through Wed Dec 31 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Hells Canyon Guard Station is a quaint log cabin located in the Highland Mountains of Montana's Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest. It is most often used as a base camp by hunters and hikers. The area is replete with wildlife and provides access to scenic mountain views, as well as plentiful opportunities for recreation.

It was originally built in 1906 and used as a line cabin for ranchers before being donated to the Forest Service in 1910. The Forest Service has used the cabin as a guard station and now offers it for public enjoyment.

The cabin can be accessed by vehicle; however, during winter months, alternative resources may be required to reach the cabin. Guests are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety, and must bring several of their own amenities.

Natural Features:

The cabin is in an idyllic setting, with pristine nature all around. It is situated along Hells Canyon Creek in a lush meadow of sagebrush and tall grasses.

The Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest is famous for its wide array of big game animals. Elk and deer are the most sought after by hunters on the forest and in the Hells Canyon area. Upland game birds are also in the area.

Recreation:

Hunters frequently use the cabin as a base camp. Fishing is also available in nearby Hells Canyon Creek.

Hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding are popular activities enjoyed by visitors to the Hells Canyon area. Off-road vehicles are allowed on designated trails. Off-road vehicles and motorcycles are also allowed in the area, but must be properly permitted and licensed to be on trails and roads.

During winter months, the area is popular for cross country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling. Winter sports enthusiasts should carry and know how to use proper backcountry equipment, including a beacon, shovel and probe.

Facilities:

The large, single-room structure has bunk beds to sleep up to 4 people. It has drinking water, a propane cook top, a wood stove for heat and cooking, and a table and chairs. Basic cooking and eating utensils, pots and pans, as well as some cleaning equipment should be available inside. An outhouse with a vault toilet is nearby.

Electricity is not available, and propane is not provided for the cook top. Guests will need to bring their own bedding, including blankets and pillows, towels, soap, matches, garbage bags, food and propane fuel in 16-ounce canisters. Guests are required to pack out all trash and clean the cabin prior to leaving. Cell phone service is rare or nonexistent in the area.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Broom & Dust Pan
  • Bunkbed(s) With Mattresses
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Cooking Pots
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Creek Access
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Drinking Water (Hand Pump)
  • Firewood
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Hunting
  • Mountain Biking
  • Off-Road Vehicle Trails
  • Propane Stove
  • Snowmobile Trails
  • Snowshoeing
  • Table & Chairs
  • Trails
  • Vault Toilets
  • Wood Stove
Know Before You Go
  • This facility is located in a remote area; before making a reservation, become aware of bear, water and weather safety, including avalanche danger
  • The cabin remains locked; contact the Jefferson Ranger District during office hours to obtain a key code
  • All garbage and food must be packed out
  • Learn more about the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest
  • Don't Move Firewood: Prevent the spread of tree-killing pests by obtaining firewood near your destination and burning it on-site. For more information visit don'tmovefirewood.org.
  • Don't Move Firewood: Prevent the spread of tree-killing pests by obtaining firewood near your destination and burning it on-site. For more information visit don'tmovefirewood.org.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
45.69083, -112.425
45°41'27"N, 112°25'30"W

From Whitehall, travel south on Highway 55 for about 20 miles. Turn right off the highway just before crossing the Jefferson River, onto Forest Service Road 125, and continue west about 14 miles on a dirt road. Winter access varies with snow conditions. Guests may need to hike, ski or snowmobile to the cabin during winter months. Maps may be purchased by calling the Jefferson Ranger District.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

HELLS CANYON GUARD STATION
3 Whitetail Road
WHITEHALL MT 59759

Phone Number:

Information: (406)287-3223