About Liz Creek Cabin
Liz Creek Cabin was built in 1929 as a Forest Service backcountry guard station. Restoration work completed in 2014 brought the cabin back to life and made it available as part of the rental program. The structure is now eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. As a remote backcountry facility, the site offers only a few amenities. The cabin has a loft and a front porch, but guests will need to bring most of their own supplies and gear. Natural Features: Liz Creek Cabin is situated at the confluence of Liz and Weitas Creeks, at an elevation of approximately 3,500 feet. The cabin sits in a meadow that fills with colorful wildflowers every summer. Beyond the meadow, an evergreen forest covers the hillsides leading to the peaks of the Bitterroot Mountains. With abundant water sources, forage and cover, this drainage provides habitat for a full contingent of native wildlife. With a little luck, visitors may have the chance to catch a glimpse of deer, moose or beaver, and raptors. The area is also home to elk, black bear, wolves, cougar, and numerous other smaller species. Recreation: While remote, this site offers a great chance to explore both riparian habitat and mountain vistas. Both Liz Creek and Weitas Creek offer fishing opportunities and there are a number of trails in the vicinity that service hikers, mountain bikers and motorcyclists. The following are trails and their respective authorized uses: Trail 20 (Weitas Creek): The Weitas Creek Trail is 29.2 miles and connects Weitas Campground (Road 250) with 12 Mile Saddle (Road 500). Trail 649 (Liz Butte): The Liz Butte Trail is 4.2 miles and connects Liz Butte with the mouth of Liz Creek. Liz Butte Trail is closed to motorized traffic, though off-road vehicles can access a part of Weitas Creek Trail. Facilities: Liz Creek Cabin accommodates a maximum of four people. It has a sleeping loft with two army cots. A wood-burning stove provides heat. Other amenities include a table with chairs, broom and dustpan, storage cabinets and a fire extinguisher. A campfire ring and outhouse with pit toilet are located outside the cabin. No water, firewood or electricity is provided. Guests need to bring their own water supply or treat water from the creek that is adjacent to the cabin. Guests are expected to pack out trash and tidy up the cabin before leaving, as there is no garbage service at this site. Items such as fire starters (matches and newspaper), a cook stove, flashlights or lanterns, bedding, pillows, cookware, dishes, utensils, garbage bags and toilet paper are not provided. Nearby Attractions: The historic Lolo Motorway stretches 100 miles through scenic mountain landscapes. Summer visitors can see meadows and hillsides blanketed in colorful wildflowers. Travelers should be prepared for rough, sometimes treacherous conditions. No services are located along this road, so travelers should have plenty of gas, food and water for the drive. ACTIVITIES Biking: Mountain Biking Historic & Cultural Site: Historic Sites Fishing Hiking Wildlife Viewing
USDA Forest Service
Liz Creek Cabin is located in Idaho
Option #1 (west to east) From Lewiston, Idaho, travel east on US Highway 12 to Kamiah, Idaho, a distance of 66 miles. Cross the bridge over the Clearwater River; at this point, youre about two-and-a-half hours from the cabin. Make a sharp left turn onto Woodland Road. Stay on this road until you come to the second road on the right, Forest Service Road 100, and then turn. Travel about 22 miles to Lolo Campground. Continue on Road 100 another 5Â¼ miles to the junction with FS Road 103. Turn onto Road 103 and follow it for 15 miles to Beaver Dam Saddle. At the junction, turn right onto FS Road 104. Stay on this road for nearly one mile, until you reach the junction with FS Road 500, the Lolo Motorway. Make a sharp left turn onto Road 500. Travel approximately 14 miles along this road to the intersection with FS Road 560. Travel about a half-mile on Road 560, to the junction with Trail 649. Hike or bike approximately three miles on Trail 649 to the Liz Creek Cabin. Option #2 (west to east) From Lewiston, Idaho, travel east on US Highway 12 to Kamiah, Idaho (66 miles). Cross the bridge over the Clearwater River; at this point, youre about two-and-a-half hours from the cabin. Make a sharp left turn onto Woodland Road. Stay on this road until you come to the second road on the right, Forest Service Road 100, and then turn. Travel about 22 miles to Lolo Campground. Continue on Road 100 another 5Â¼ miles to the junction with FS Road 103. Turn onto Road 103 and follow it for 15 miles to Beaver Dam Saddle. At the junction, turn right onto FS Road 104. Stay on this road for nearly one mile, until you reach the junction with FS 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 one mile south of 12 Mile Saddle. Please note that this is an exceptionally narrow, rough road - it can take upwards of three 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. Option #3 (east to west)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, a distance of 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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