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Coal Creek Mountain Lodge

Bedrooms 5
Space 1,560 sq. ft.
Property type cabin


About the property

Main cabin: 2/2. Private Guest cabin 1/1, Bunk house 2/1

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.

March through November you'll see fly fishermen along the West Fork River and the many creeks that flow that flow into the river trying to coax five different species of trout

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 on the MT/ID border 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 Bob 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 Overwich Creek, hiking, and riding ATV's. There is nearly 3,000 miles of Forest Service trails plus the 101mi Magruder Road Corridor which separates the 1.1mm acre Bitterroot-Selway Wilderness from the 2.3mm acre Frank Church River - River of No Return 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.

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Gary Plum
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
April 25, 2017

About Gary Plum

I have been exploring Montana, Colorado and Idaho since 1966. When we found the Bitterroot Valley, we fell in love with the land and the people of Ravalli County. Home is Florida for us, but our hearts are in the Bitterroot Valley.

Gary Plum purchased this cabin in 2010

Why Gary Plum chose 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.

What makes this cabin unique

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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Gary- we had a great time at the cabin on W Fork Rd. Especially enjoyed the Salmon fly hatch! We caught some very large fish , both above and below the dam. We were surprised at the size of the fish above the dam, Cutthroats to 17 in or more. Salmon flies really brought up some nice fish. We even had a case of a fish lost by Steve, his Salmon fly in the fishes mouth and me catching the same fish downstream on another Salmon fly pattern.

Fishing was a bit tough on the main stem due to higher water this year. We also fished the Big Hole, East Fork, Blodgett and Blue Joint. The West Fork was overall the best fishing we've seen in years.

The cabin /bunk were great- tankless hot water a plus. Hot tub was not used as we kept late hours for dinner, etc. Blodgett was most stunning but not a good choice in 95 degree sun!

I made a new batch nectar for the Hummers and the Jays fed on unused bread products. What a beautiful view out the front window too!

I have a couple questions- the Beano Ranch may be suitable to bring my wife as she loves horses but I couldn't find any web info. Thanks for getting us ranch access for fishing- we fished there the first night and the fish cooperated nicely.

The mattresses were comfortable as were the pillows.

Overall it was quite an enjoyable stay and the cabin/bunk were just great and quite well equipped. We look forward to returning again to Montana.
Jul 2014
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Darby Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1560 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Guest Cabin bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Main cabin bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Main cabin bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bunkhouse bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Guest cabin - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Separate guest cabin, close to main cabin.
    Bunkhouse - 2 bunk bed
    Bunkhouse - 1 king , separate building 100 yds from main cabin
  • Main Cabin: one queen bed in master, two twin beds in guest bedroom. Guest Cabin: one king and double sleeper sofa. Bunkhouse: one king in master, one bunk bead in living area.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Games, puzzles, cards in hidden living room closet; BOSE iPod player in main cabin.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(16 traveler reviews)

Coal Creek Mountain Lodge
average rating of 4.875 based on 17 reviews

Great place to spend with family.

  • 4 of 5

Most animals seen were on 26 mile drive on West Fork Road driving to cabin.

Buffalo, elk, mountain goats, Canadian Geese, deer, horses, assorted birds, resident chipmunk and baby squirrel. Wifi slow so do your research prior to arrival.

  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Myakka city, FL

Green 2015

  • 5 of 5

Property and house beautiful. Elk and deer grazing in yard amazing. Loved having a fire daily. skiing , fishing, and just plain relaxing I would definitely stay here again

  • Submitted: May 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
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  • 5 of 5

We were so happy with our stay. The house is pefect. All the right amenities to make our stay comfortable. The area is beautiful. We will return. A great place and great value.

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A fantastic home in beautiful Montana

  • 5 of 5

What an outstanding home. Wonderfully furnished, comfortable, great hot tub, a very complete and well equipped kitchen and perfect for a get away into the Bitterroot Valley. This is our second time renting this property and it exceeds all our expectations. Everything necessary for a comfortable and relaxing week is on-site. Deer and Elk visit the yard and the scenery from the property is fantastic. We will be back.

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5


  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
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Missoula, Montana

Great getaway.

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful getaway at your West Fork cabin. Living in Missoula, I think we sometimes take the mountains for granted, but being in such a peaceful and relaxing setting made for an outstanding vacation. It’s a beautiful cabin in a beautiful area. We look forward to returning next year.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
100 Miles
Nearest Barpub
16 Miles
West Fork Lodge
Nearest Restaurant
16 Miles
West Fork Lodge - excellent steakhouse
Nearest Ski
38 Miles
Lost Trail Ski Area
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Painted Rocks Lake Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
West Fork Lodge
Nearest Point of Interest
Conner Cutoff
Nearest Point of Interest
Conner Store
Nearest Point of Interest
Frank & Michelle Hedrick
Car: necessary

Amazing fly fishing on the West Fork of the Bitterroot River; great cut throat, rainbows, cut bows and brown trout all around in the creeks and rivers. Guide trips available from numerous professionals. Gym, gas, hunting supplies in Darby; grocery stores, salon/tanning beds, shopping, golf in Hamilton. Swimming and water activities in Painted Rocks Lake near cabin and Lake Como in Hamilton.

The Bitterroot Chamber:

has a very good video that gives you an idea of what there is to see and do in the area


Rates & Availability

Darby Cabin Rental Rates

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1 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning - main cabin $199
Cleaning - guest cabin $60
Cleaning - bunk house $75
Pet Fee $350
Property Damage Protection $99
Tax Rate 7.0%

A bunkhouse is also on the property that sleeps 6 with a full bath. This is a private cabin with a king size bed in the master bedroom, two sets of bunk beds in the living area area, kitchen with under counter refrigerator, two burner gas range, convection microwave and sink. The bunkhouse can only be rented as part of the main cabin and is $150/night.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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