The Kenck Cabin was built in 1924 by a traveling dentist/doctor who arrived in the area in 1904 and spent his entire career along the Rocky Mountain Front. After Dr. Kenck's death the cabin remained in the ownership of his two sons and was permitted on the district as a recreation residence. When the surviving son passed away in 2003 the cabin was donated to the Forest Service by the Kenck Family Trust. In accepting the cabin the Forest committed to listing it on the National Register of Historic Places and making it available to the public. The cabin is open all year except for general rifle season (Oct 15 to Dec 1)
The cabin is one room and sleeps 6 with one double bed, one futon that makes into a bouble bed and two cots. Heating and cooking is from 2 wood stoves. Firewood is provided. Water must be hauled from the nearby stream. Renters should bring their own drinking water or be prepared to filter or boil stream water. There is no electricity or sewer at the cabin. The cabin is not accessible to the disabled. Bring your own bedding, flashlight, food, small propane cylinders (for the lanterns) and cooler. Cooking utensils and dishes are provided. $45/night fee.
No livestock or pets are permitted.
This is grizzly/black bear country so bears may frequent the area; keep all food out of sight in approved containers and remove all food from area after eating. Mandatory food storage is required.
From Augusta, from Main Street/US-287 (heading west), turn right onto Eberl Street and then left onto Laura Street. Laura Street becomes Benchmark Road (gravel) travel approximately 13 miles before coming to a "Y" intersection, turn left continuing on Benchmark Road (gravel). Continue 15 more miles before reaching the end of the road at South Fork Trailhead. Take the main trail that runs in front of the outhouse. From the main trail, take the first trail to your right just after the "Pack-In-Pack-Out" sign. A small sign marks this trail leading to Kenck Cabin. The cabin is about 1/2 mile down the trail.The Benchmark Road is not plowed in the winter and can be snowed in as early as October. Snowmobiling is allowed on the road to the South Fork Trailhead when the road is no longer accessible to vehicles. From the trailhead, plan to hike, snowshoe or ski to the cabin as snowmobiles are not allowed beyond that point.
Courtesy of USDA Forest Service