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MOOSE CREEK CABIN, MT

Photo: MOOSE CREEK CABIN
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
 

Overview

Moose Creek Cabin is situated in an grassy clearing surrounded by conifer forest in the Tenmile Creek drainage west of Helena, Montana. The cabin was constructed in 1907 and used by the Forest Service during the early history of the agency. It has served as a Forest Service Ranger Station, guard station, and work center for the Civilian Conservation Corps.

Today, the cabin is a rustic retreat for guests seeking relaxation and recreation. The cabin is accessible by car, but guests should park on the adjacent road and cross a footbridge to get to the cabin. Many amenities are offered at the cabin, so guests only need to bring a few of their own supplies.

Natural Features:

The area around the cabin offers a variety of landscapes, from river banks to subalpine terrain. Valley bottoms, dense forests, meadows and barren ridges are mixed with streams, rivers, and lakes.

Wildlife in the area abounds. Elk, deer, squirrels and a variety of birds are commonly seen. The more elusive badger, mountain lion and lynx find habitat in nearby areas as well.

Recreation:

Hikers and backpackers can access the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail from trails found near the cabin. This is a non-motorized trail with spectacular views and a variety of terrain, open to mountain bikers, stock users, backpackers and day hikers. The trail transitions through thick forest to above tree line and offers spectacular views both east and west of the Continental Divide.

Moose Creek is a stream located just 11.4 miles from Helena. The creek supports a variety of fish, including redear sunfish, rainbow trout and brook trout. Whether spinning, fly fishing or baitcasting, chances of getting a bite here are good.

Winter play includes cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and snowshoeing.

Facilities:

Moose Creek Cabin has electricity and is designed for up to 4 guests. One bedroom is furnished with a queen size bed and the other with 2 twin beds, all with mattresses. The kitchen is equipped with a table and chairs, dishes, utensils, cookware and propane appliances that include a stove, refrigerator and lights. The living room has a fireplace.

An outhouse with vault toilet is located on-site. A picnic table and campfire ring offer comfortable outdoor dining. Firewood is stocked and stored outside in the woodshed.

There is no water on site, so guests must bring a sufficient supply for drinking, cooking and washing. Guests should bring their own sleeping bags, lanterns or flashlights, towels, dish soap, matches, toilet paper and garbage bags. All garbage must be packed out, and guests are expected to clean the cabin before leaving.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Bed(s) With Mattress
  • Birding
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Campfire Rings
  • Cooking Pots
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Electricity
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hiking
  • Historic Sites
  • Mountain Biking
  • Picnic Area
  • Propane Lights
  • Propane Refrigerator
  • Propane Stove
  • Snowmobile Trails
  • Snowshoeing
  • Table & Chairs
  • Trails
  • Vault Toilets
Within 10 Miles
  • Creek Access
  • Fishing
  • Hunting
Know Before You Go
  • Entry to the cabin and woodshed is by combination lock; please call the Helena Ranger District at (406) 449-5490 prior to your arrival to obtain the combination
  • Please contact the Helena Ranger District prior to arriving at the cabin to check on any restrictions or conditions, such as fire or road closures, weather or storms that may affect the quality of your visit
  • Do not leave food or trash outside the cabin
  • All garbage and food must be packed out
  • The cabin is a no-smoking facility
  • Please clean cabin upon departure
  • Make sure cabin is locked upon departure
  • Learn more about the Helena 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):
46.52528, -112.255
46°31'31"N, 112°15'18"W

From Helena, take U.S. Highway 12, and travel south for 7 miles to Tenmile road. From this intersection, take Tenmile Road approximately 3 miles to the cabin. It is located on the east side of the road just past the entrance to Moose Creek Campground.

Parking is available off of the adjacent Moose Creek Road. A footbridge across Moose Creek provides access from the parking area to the cabin. Vehicles are not allowed within the fenced area. Please make sure you park well off the road.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

MOOSE CREEK CABIN
2880 Skyway Drive
Helena MT 59602

Phone Number:

Project Office:(406)449-5490