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About Window Rock Cabin
Window Rock Cabin was built in 1940 and now offers a year-round retreat for outdoor enthusiasts. It is ideally located in one of Gallatin National Forests most popular recreation areas. The cabin is accessible by car in the summer, but the road to the cabin is closed to motorized vehicle traffic every year from March 31st through May 15th. Guests can hike, mountain bike, ski or ride horses to the cabin during this time. The access road is not often plowed in winter, so guests should be prepared to skiup to 12 miles to the cabin from where the plowed road stops. Guests are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety, and must bring several of their own amenities. Natural Features: Window Rock Cabin is nestled in Hyalite Canyon, an area with beautiful wildflower meadows during the summer and thick blankets of pristine snow in winter. Evergreen forest and the steep ridges of the Gallatin Mountains surround the cabin. Hyalite Creek flows nearby. This area is important habitat for grizzly bears, bison, elk, mule deer, mountain lions, bighorn, wolves and mountain goats. Recreation: Hikers and equestrians have access to the Hyalite Peak trailhead that leads into an area of the Gallatin Range known for its waterfalls. Two accessibletrails in Hyalite Canyon lead to the waterfalls. Bicyclists can use Hyalite Canyon Road. Hyalite Canyon is a popular destination for backcountry skiers and ice climbers. Routes in Hyalite Canyon that can be used for ice climbing include Cleopatras Needle,Mummy Cooler, Black Magic and Winter Dance, considered to be one of the best ice climbing routes in the world. Hyalite Reservoir is a mile away, offering opportunities for non-motorized boating and trout fishing. Elk hunting is excellent in Hyalite Canyon in the fall. Facilities: The cabin sleeps four people on twin beds with mattresses. The wood-burning stove can be used for cooking and heating. A table with chairs, broom and dustpan are provided. A campfire ring is located outside. The outhouse has an accessible vault toilet. A horse corral is available with space for six horses. No water or electricity is provided. Guests must bring their own water supply, garbage bags for packing out trash, as well as bedding, lighting, extra toilet paper and matches. ACTIVITIES Biking: Mountain Biking Fishing Hiking Horseback Riding Hunting Winter Sports: Cross Country Skiing Wildlife Viewing
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Drive In
Operator
USDA Forest Service
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Location
Window Rock Cabin is located in Montana
Latitude
45.462 N
Longitude
-110.959 W
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Directions
From Bozeman, MT: Drive south on S. 19th Ave. for about 7 miles. Turn left onto Hyalite Canyon Road FS 62. Drive about 12.7 miles to the Window Rock Cabin access road and gate on the right (west) side of the road. Use the cabin combination to unlock the gate. Please close the gate behind you. Continue past the gate for about 200 meters to Window Rock Cabin. Winter Route, December to March 31: the directions are the same except that you must park at the junction of Hyalite Road FS 620 and the Window Rock Cabin access road (which is 12.7 miles from S. 19th Ave.) From there you may hike, ski, or snowshoe the final 200 meters to the cabin. Please park in the wide pullouts to the side of the road so that snowplows and other Forest visitors can pass. ROAD CLOSURE INFORMATION: (Please refer to the Motor Vehicle Use Map ) Hyalite Canyon Road, FS 62, closes to all motorized vehicles the evening of March 31 through May 16. Cabin renters must be prepared to walk, ski, or bike approximately 10 miles to the cabin when the road is closed. Snowmobiles are not allowed at this cabin or anywhere in Hyalite Canyon past Moser Road FS 6210. Hyalite Canyon Road FS 62 is intermittently plowed during the winter
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