Cold Springs Peak Cabin

Clearwater County, Idaho


Cold Springs Peak Cabin is a primitive log cabin that was originally constructed in 1931 to shelter firefighters and other work crews. It was last used for firefighters in 1953.

In 1989, Forest Service employees shored up the cabin's foundation, re-shingled the roof and installed a stove. Today, the 12x14-ft. cabin qualifies for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places.

The cabin is only accessible via multi-use trails. Pot Mountain Trail 169 is a 4-mile trail leading to the cabin, but it's not recommended for off-road vehicles. Guests must be prepared to bring most of their own gear and supplies for a comfortable stay.


Several multi-use trails are in the area for horseback riders, hikers, mountain bikers and off-road vehicle riders. Clicke here for an Idaho OHV safety message.

Numerous lakes in the area offer fishing opportunities. Berry picking is a popular summer pastime.


The cabin is primitive, offering two cots, a table with two chairs, a wood stove and a broom. A pit toilet is located in an open-air outhouse outside. Click here for additional cabin details.

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.

Natural Features

Cold Springs Peak Cabin is tucked into a wooded area near Cold Springs Peak at an elevation of 6,731 feet. Nearly vertical cliffs rise to the east just outside the cabin. Guests can enjoy scenic views of the Bitterroot Mountains and look down over the valley at a small lake and meadow.

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


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