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PORCUPINE CABIN, MT

Photo: PORCUPINE CABIN
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
 

Overview

Porcupine Cabin sits in the foothills of the Crazy Mountains at an elevation of 6,400 feet. It was built in 1914 after a previous structure burned down, and was remodeled by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1934. Since its construction, the cabin has been used as temporary housing by Forest Service rangers while they were patrolling for timber poachers, watching for fires and monitoring livestock. Today, it is available year-round to outdoor enthusiasts, offering access to a variety of activities.

Guests can drive to the cabin in the summer, but a high-clearance, four-wheel drive vehicle is recommended due to road conditions. Winter access requires snowshoeing, skiing or snowmobiling up to 2 miles from the end of the paved road.

Guests are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety, and must bring several of their own amenities.

Natural Features:

The cabin sits on a hillside overlooking the grasslands of Shields Valley. This vantage point provides a majestic view of the Bridger Mountains and spectacular star gazing on a clear night. Guests can look out at the northern peaks of the Crazies from the front porch.

Porcupine Cabin offers a quiet and fairly isolated retreat, however, there may be some passing traffic from recreational users accessing the nearby trailhead.

Deer, moose, bears and elk may be spotted nearby. Several bird species that inhabit this area include bald eagles, owls, jays, western meadowlarks and mountain bluebirds.

Recreation:

Guests can access the nearby trailhead for hiking, mountain biking and equestrian use, heading east into the Crazy Mountains. The trails are used by snowshoers and cross-country skiers in the winter.

Facilities:

The 26 x 44 frame house has three rooms and a screened front porch. It has bunk beds with mattresses to accommodate up to eight people. It has a table and chairs, cleaning equipment and a propane lantern available for use. A wood stove is available to heat the cabin. Firewood is provided, except in July and August. An axe and splitting maul should be available.

An outhouse with vault toilet is located behind the cabin. A campfire ring is out front.

Water, electricity and propane canisters for the lantern are not provided. Guests need to bring their own drinking water, cooking gear and food, bedding, fire starters (matches and newspaper), extra toilet paper, flashlights, first aid kit, cookware, dishes and utensils, among other necessities. The cabin will need to be cleaned and all trash carried out.

Although equestrian trails are located nearby, the cabin does not offer stock facilities.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Axe
  • Birding
  • Broom & Dust Pan
  • Bunkbed(s) With Mattresses
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Campfire Rings
  • Cleaning Equipment
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Firewood
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Mountain Biking
  • Propane Lantern (Fuel not provided)
  • Snowshoeing
  • Star Gazing
  • Table & Chairs
  • Trailheads
  • Trails
  • Vault Toilets
  • Wood Stove
Less Than 1 Mile
  • Wildlife Viewing
Know Before You Go
  • The cabin remains locked; within a week of arrival, CALL the Livingston office of the Yellowstone Ranger District at (406) 222-1892 during office hours (Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m.) for the combination lock code.
  • Water is not available at the cabin; water obtained from nearby natural water sources should be treated prior to use to prevent Giardia
  • A high clearance, four-wheel drive vehicle is recommended to access the cabin
  • Cell phone coverage is either limited or not available in this area
  • Guests must carefully follow the food storage order for Gallatin National Forest (Click here for more information)
  • Maximum group size for using the facility and adjacent area is 15 people
  • No garbage service; please bring garbage bags and pack out all trash and personal belongings
  • No liquid fueled (white gas) stoves or lanterns allowed in the cabin or on the porch
  • Please collect your own firewood for campfires
  • No stock facilities are provided, stock users must provide their own containment system; please clean area after use
  • Hay and feed for stock must be certified weed-free
  • Out of state horses must have current Coggins test
  • The primary occupant is responsible to ensure all members of their party abide by USFS Regulations
  • Firing a gun or use of any other weapon is not allowed within 150 yards of the cabin
  • Guests should be aware that there is a risk of exposure to Hantavirus when visiting remote cabins; click here for more information
  • Click here for more information about Gallatin 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.

    Getting There:

    GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
    46.11306, -110.47139
    46°6'47"N, 110°28'17"W

    From Livingston, Montana, travel north on Highway 89 to Wilsall. Just north of Wilsall, turn northeast onto Shields River Road. Continue 8 miles to Porcupine Road, turn east (right) and then drive another 8 miles to the cabin. Four-wheel drive vehicles are recommended due to the road condition.

    During the winter, the last two miles of the road to the cabin are not plowed. Skis, snowshoes or snowmobiles are required to reach the cabin.

    Contact Information:

    Mailing Address:

    PORCUPINE CABIN
    5242 HIGHWAY 89 SOUTH
    LIVINGSTON MT 59047

    Phone Number:

    Information: (406)222-1892