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 1, 2019 - October 1, 2019
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.


Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Activities

Mountain Biking

You may want to ride your mountain bike into the cabin so as to take advantage of some of the great trails in the area.  The Liz Butte Trail is closed to any motorized use, making it particularly nice for mountain bikers.

Cabin Rentals

Contact Recreation.gov to make your reservation for this lovely, yet rustic cabin today.  The cabin books up quickly, so make your plans in advance to ensure you get your preferred time.

River and Stream Fishing

There are creeks in the area excellent for fishing.

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.

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

Viewing Wildlife

Some of our most beautiful predators and graceful prey grace these parts.  Mountain lion, cougar and black bear have been known to vist this corridor, as well as elk, deer and moose. Even the shy and elusive mountain goat has been spotted once or twice.  

Keep your eyes peeled and please practice safe and courteous wildlife viewing techniques

Viewing Plants

During the summer and sometimes even late spring, visitors will be graced with views of colorful, wildflower-blanketed meadows and hillsides.  In the fall, the many meadow grasses, huckleberry, aspen and cottonwood in the area put on a particularly stunning show with vivid reds and golds showing bright against the evergreen forests.

General Info:

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.


Viewing Scenery

Evergreen forests and the rigid peaks of the bitterroot mountains surround guests of the Liz Creek cabin, and its vicinity. Rivers, mountains, trees and wildlife galore make this area one particularly steeped in scenic beauty.

Scenic Driving

The Liz Creek Cabin is within Lolo Trail National Historic Landmark Corridor (also known as the the Lolo Motorway) which stretches 100 miles and boasts astonishing views at nearly every turn.

Travelers should be prepared for rough, and at times treacherous conditions. High clearance vehicles are strongly recomended.  Roads may not be open due to ice or snow during certain times of the year. No services are located along this road, so travelers should have plenty of gas, food and water for the drive.

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities

Location

 
  Latitude : 
46.48028

  Longitude : 
-115.28944