Liz Creek Cabin

  

Liz Creek Cabin

The Liz Creek Cabin was constructed in 1929 at the confluence of Liz Creek and Weitas Creek as an early Forest Service backcountry guard station. This rustic single-room cabin sits peacefully in a grassy meadow surrounded by the grandeur of the Clearwater Mountains, and can only be reached by trail. The cabin is steeped in history and recently became eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. The cabin is void of electricity, sleeps four, and is equipped with a woodstove, outdoor table, fire ring, porch, and outhouse.

At a Glance

Reservations: Reservations can be made by visiting Liz Creek on Recreation.gov
Fees $40 per night.
Open Season: July 6, 2018 - September 19, 2018
Best Season: Summer
Restrictions:
  • Access the cabin via horse, motorcycle, or hiking. No ATV or full-size vehicle access available.
  • Garbage services not available. Pack It In, Pack It Out.
Closest Towns: Kooskia, ID
Water: No drinking water provided
Restroom: Yes, 1 pit toilet
Operated By: US Forest Service
Information Center: North Fork Ranger District, 208-476-4541

General Information

Directions:

Care of Recreation.gov:

From Lewiston, Idaho (Option #1 - Trail #649), travel east on U.S. Highway 12 to Kamiah, Idaho (66 miles). Once you cross the bridge over the Clearwater River, you're about 2.5 hours from the cabin. Make a sharp left onto Woodland Road. Stay on this road until you come to the second road to the right (Forest Road 100), then turn. Travel about 22 miles to Lolo Campground. Continue on the road another 5.25 miles to the junction with Forest Road 103. Turn onto Road 103 and follow it for 15 miles to Beaver Dam Saddle. At the junction, turn right onto Forest Road 104. Stay on this road for nearly 1 mile until you reach the junction with Forest Road 500, the Lolo Motorway. Make a sharp left turn onto Road 500. Travel about 14 miles along this road to the intersection with Forest Road 560. Travel about half a mile on Road 560 to the junction with Trail 649. Hike or bike approximately 3 miles on Trail 649 to the Liz Creek Cabin.

From Lewiston, Idaho (option #2 Trail #20), travel east on U.S. Highway 12 to Kamiah, Idaho (66 miles). Once you cross the bridge over the Clearwater River, you're about 2.5 hours from the cabin. Make a sharp left onto Woodland Road. Stay on this road until you come to the second road to the right (Forest Road 100), then turn. Travel about 22 miles to Lolo Campground. Continue on the road another 5 and a quarter miles to the junction with Forest Road 103. Turn onto Road 103 and follow it for 15 miles to Beaver Dam Saddle. At the junction, turn right onto Forest Road 104. Stay on this road for nearly 1 mile until you reach the junction with Forest Road 500, the Lolo Motorway. Make a sharp left turn onto Road 500. Travel approximately 21 miles to the junction with Trail 20, which is located 1 mile south of 12 Mile Saddle. Please note that this is an exceptionally narrow, rough road! It can take as long as 3 to 3.5 hours to drive this distance. Full-size vehicles are not allowed on Trail 20. Persons wishing to access the Liz Creek Cabin must hike or ride an ATV, mountain bike or motorcycle for the first 7.8 miles of the trail. The final 1.5 miles are open only to hikers or mountain bike or motorcycle riders; the trail tread is too narrow to accommodate ATVs.

From Missoula, Montana, travel south on U.S. Highway 93 to Lolo, Montana. Turn right and travel west on U.S. Highway 12 to Kamiah, Idaho (152 miles). Before you cross the bridge over the Clearwater River, turn right onto Woodland Road. When you come to the second road to the right (Forest Road 100), turn. From this point, follow directions detailed above.


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Backpacking

Trail 20-Weitas Creek Trail; 29.2 miles; approx. 12 hours; begins at FS Road 250 and Weitas Campground and ends at the junction of FS Road 500 and 12 Mile saddle;recently reconstructed and is an easy to moderate hike.Passes along steep sidehills; thus is not recommended for inexperienced bike riders. First 2 miles near Weitas Creek Campground and last 8 miles near 12 Mile Saddle follow old road. Parts of this trail are shown as Trail 174 on older maps.

Trail 649-Liz Butte Trail; 4.2 miles; approx. 2 hours; closed to motorized traffic and off road vehicles; begins at junction with FS Road 560 near Liz Butte and ends at the junction with Trail 20 near the mouth of Liz Creek

Day Hiking

Trail 20-Weitas Creek Trail; 29.2 miles; approx. 12 hours; begins at FS Road 250 and Weitas Campground and ends at the junction of FS Road 500 and 12 Mile saddle;recently reconstructed and is an easy to moderate hike.Passes along steep sidehills; thus is not recommended for inexperienced bike riders. First 2 miles near Weitas Creek Campground and last 8 miles near 12 Mile Saddle follow old road. Parts of this trail are shown as Trail 174 on older maps.


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Location

 
  Latitude : 
46.48028

  Longitude : 
-115.28944