West Fork Cabin

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West Fork Cabin

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This cabin is located south of Black Butte in the Gravelly Mountain Range.  No drinking water.  Vault toilet. $35/night fee.

• This is one room cabin that sleeps 3. The cabin is equipped with a wood burning stove for heat. Firewood is available for use in the cabin stove only.

• Bring your own disposable propane canisters for camp stove and lantern.

• There is minimal cooking equipment provided.

• Renters must call the district office with their reservation number at 406-682-4253 during office hours for the lock combination. Office hours are 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM (Mountain Time) Mon-Fri, closed on weekends and Federal holidays. 

• The outhouse is located approximately 100 feet south of the cabin.

• Bears frequent the area with mandatory food storage and refuse requirements in effect March 1 through December 1 annually. All food, garbage and animal carcasses must be properly stored and made unavailable to wildlife. Contact the Madison Ranger District for more details.

• Potential exposure to hantavirus due to presence of mice droppings in cabins.

• Rodenticide may be in use in cabin. Take appropriate precautions to avoid ingestion by children and pets.

• No garbage service provided. Please Pack it in, Pack it out.

• No cleaning service provided. Please clean the cabin before leaving. Cleaning supplies are provided.

• Please replenish supply of split wood and kindling before leaving. Please do not chop wood on the porch.

• There is a spring located north of the cabin. Water should be properly treated for drinking or cooking.

• Livestock are not allowed within the fenced area around the cabin and must be properly contained. Hay and feed, including grain, must be certified weed seed free.

Directions:

From Ennis, travel 34 miles south on US Highway 287 to West Fork Rest Area. Turn right onto West Fork road #209 traveling two miles. Turn right onto Standard Creek road #237. Stay on this route for approximately 18.5 miles to 4-way junction. (You will pass Black Butte Cabin a half mile before junction). Turn left on Gravelly Range road #290 and travel 10.5 miles to West Fork turnoff, near a small rest area. Turn left and travel 3/4 mile to cabin.

In the summer, access is by road. In the winter, up to 30 miles of snowmobile or ski travel is required. Contact the district office at 406-682-4253 for detailed directions.

Courtesy of USDA Forest Service

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