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Ninko is available from Dec 1st through March 31st each winter. Ninko Cabin is located 45 miles north of Columbia Falls, MT on the North Fork Road. Access involves a 12-mile hike, snowshoe, ski, or snowmobile to the cabin from the North Fork Road. Ninko has rustic accommodations including a propane cook stove, lights, wood stove, and vault toilet. Renters should pack their own bedding and drinking water. Ninko's party size is 7 with two bunk beds and a small loft. Please pack out what you brought including your garbage. Grizzly bears live in the area; store your food, beverages, coolers, and garbage inside the cabin. Pets are allowed. Please pick up after your pet! Commercial use of the cabins is prohibited (outfitter guides, groups or organizations with compensated leaders/chaperones).$30/night fee.
Directions: Ninko Cabin is located 45 miles north of Columbia Falls, MT up the North Fork Road (County Road #486). To find the North Fork Road take Nucleus Avenue north through Columbia Falls, turn east on Railroad Street at the stop sign, this becomes the North Fork Road as it travels over the railroad overpass. Turn west on #318 Whale Creek Road, park in the plowed pullout near the entrance of the Whale Creek road. Park at the end of the plowing and ski, snowshoe, or snowmobile from this point approximately 7 miles to the gated road #10832, travel northwest on this road approximately 2 miles to Ninko Cabin. Signs are posted along the way.
Courtesy of USDA Forest Service
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