Relax in this serene 5+ acre setting while Elk, Deer, and Moose wander through the Ponderosa Pines. Enjoy the stunning drive following the winding West Fork river, coming upon the breathtaking Painted Rocks Lake, and a little further to mile marker 26. 7 miles further along the road is the Idaho boarder. The drive alone is breathtaking.
From May through September you'll see fly fishermen and women all along the West Fork and add in creeks, plus numerous float boats with guides and fisherman, after five different trout species.
Summer nights are frequently in the mid 40's with days in the dry 70's at this elevation of 4,800. The road is well kept in winter, allowing easy driving access to Lost Trail Ski Resort where you'll discover great skiing and snowboarding. It's locally owned, so come prepared with equipment or stop in Hamilton and get stocked up at Bill Ward's Outdoor store that carries everything for the year round avid outdoors sports person.
Our favorite activities are fly fishing the West Fork River and Overwhich Creek as the sun sets in the West, hiking, and riding ATV's. Summer activities are numerous, including hiking, fishing, and ATV riding the 3,000 miles of Forest Service trails we have behind us, including the Magruder Trail into the Frank Church Wilderness.
Or, simply enjoy the front porch swing and read a good book. Afternoon naps are wonderful, especially with the refreshing mountain air, snuggled under a wonderful down comforter. There's also plenty of sightseeing to do from Glacier National Park to historic battle sights, and Hamilton's famous Farmers Market on Saturday mornings.
'A beautiful flower, a beautiful river, a valley, a magnificent range - such is the Bitter Root'
- Wheeler, 1898 -
Keywords: Log cabin, West Fork River, Bitterroot mountains, fly fishing, trail riding, hunting, remote, wildlife, 55+, relaxation, peaceful, solitude, R&R, fishing, hiking. nature, family reunions.
We've been coming to Montana for the past three years and fell in love with the land and people of Darby. Home is Florida for us, but our hearts are in the Bitterroot Valley.
The West Fork area is full of treasures just waiting to be discovered. There are over 3,000 miles of trails to ride, and we haven't even discovered the winter activities yet! All the locals tell us how great the local ski slopes at Lost Trail are for snowboarding and downhill skiing. Plus, there are thousands of miles to ride snowmobiles that await our exploration this winter.
I love exploring the high mountain lakes, trails, and creeks that surround the West Fork area. Sleeping is so refreshing with the fresh mountain air under the down comforters and memory foam topped beds, so I love taking naps at 4,800 altitude. I'm usually tired for the first three days as my body adjusts to the altitude.