Cold Springs Peak Cabin

The Colds Springs Peak Cabin sits among steep cliffs and evergreen trees.

Originally built in 1931, qualifying for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places, this small 12’x14’ primitive cabin originally built to shelter Forest Service firefighters and work crews, sleeps up to 2 guests and offers a unique recreation experience. The cabin is positioned around near-vertical cliffs with panoramic views of the Bitterroot Mountains and into a small alpine lake and meadow below.  This remote, historic and primitive cabin must be hiked into via the Pot Mountain Trail (Trail 169).

At a Glance

Reservations: Reservations can be made by visiting Cold Springs Peak Cabin on or call 1-877-444-6777.
Fees: $25 a night.
Open Season: July 1, 2019 - October 1, 2019
Garbage services not available. Pack It In, Pack It Out.
Closest Towns: Pierce, ID
Water: No drinking water is provided
Restroom: Yes, 1 pit toilet
Operated By: US Forest Service
Information Center: North Fork Ranger District, 208-476-4541

General Information


From Missoula, Montana, drive to Greer, Idaho. Follow State Highway 11 to Weippe. Continue on toward Pierce. Turn right onto French Mountain Road 250. Follow Road 250 (paved for 17 miles, gravel thereafter) to the Bungalow Bridge, which spans the North Fork Clearwater River. Turn right and remain on Road 250. Continue about 16 miles to the junction with Mush Saddle Road 711. Turn left onto Road 711 and drive approximately four miles to Mush Saddle.

Hikers can park at Mush Saddle and hike 6 miles to the cabin on Pot Mountain Trail 169, turning left at the Trail 176 junction for a quarter mile to the cabin.

ORV riders can drive further on 2 miles to the junction with Cool Creek Road 5295 and turn right. This is a single-lane, dirt-surface road rarely graded or cleared and is slippery when wet. Watch for falling rocks. Climb steeply to the junction with Road 5295A. Make a sharp turn right. Two miles later, park and follow Flat Mountain Trail 176 for 2 miles to the cabin. About 1 mile in, Elizabeth Mountain Trail 445 forks to the right. Stay left. About one-quarter mile before you get to the cabin, Pot Mountain Trail 169 forks left. Stay right and travel to the cabin.

From Lewiston, Idaho, follow U.S. Highway 12 east to Greer, Idaho. Turn left onto Highway 11 and proceed as described above.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Cabin Rentals

No electricity, firewood or water is provided. Guests should bring drinking water or use the water from a stream about a mile from the cabin on Pot Mountain Trail 169, but the water must be treated before drinking. Guests should also bring a cook stove, cooking pots and utensils, bedding, lanterns or flashlights, an axe, a first aid kit, matches, toilet paper and garbage bags.

Day Hiking

Trail 169: Pot Mountain Trail; 4 miles; approx 2 hours

Horse Riding

Several multi-use trails are in the area.

Viewing Wildlife


Moose, elk and deer may be spotted in the area. Birders can watch for a variety of bird species.

Viewing Scenery

The Bitterroot Mountain's distinct towering rugged peaks form a large portion of the border between Idaho and Montana, and it's jagged range can perhaps be viewed best from this high mountain top location.

OHV Trail Riding

Several multi-use trails are in the area.

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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