Woods Cabin

Darby, Montana

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Overview

Woods Cabin offers a unique chance to camp in the forest, in a rustic, old-time setting, while enjoying all the summer and winter activities that are available from the shore of scenic Lake Como.

The cabin provides a comfortable experience and spectacular views, with its large windows and decks overlooking the lake and nearby mountain peaks. It also provides access to the lake and a nearby beach and gives visitors access to a myriad of trails and open spaces.

IMPORTANT WINTER RENTAL INFORMATION:

Woods Cabin is available for rent in the winter and provides a great basecamp for numerous outdoor winter recreation activities. To ensure your stay is enjoyable, there are a few things to note when renting the cabin during the winter. The road to the cabin is NOT maintained during the winter months, so depending on weather conditions, you may or may not be able to drive to the Woods Cabin parking lot. The gate is closed on the access road to Woods Cabin for public safety so that visitors do not drive down to the cabin and get stuck or slide into the cabin. The county road, however, to the boat launch (located on the south side of Lake Como) is maintained. Visitors can park at the boat launch and walk, ski, or snowshoe across the dam and up to Woods Cabin, which is approximately ¾ mile. Be prepared to haul your gear into the cabin via sled or backpacks. There is no drinking water available this time of year, so please bring your own drinking water. Firewood is provided at the cabin but it may need to be split. A splitting maul is also provided. Please be aware of rapidly changing weather conditions and always use caution and be prepared when recreating in winter conditions.

Recreation

Boating, fishing, swimming and other water sports are popular on Lake Como. Anglers might see rainbow and cutthroat trout, as well as kokanee salmon, among other alpine species. A boat ramp and parking area are available at the south side of the lake. A large, sandy beach is available to visitors at the north side of the lake. To the west of the cabin, a short walk will take visitors to a trailhead that begins a 7-mile loop trail around Lake Como. The Lake Como National Recreation Loop Trail is suitable for hiking, mountain biking and accessing the lake for swimming or picnics. The first quarter-mile of the trail is wheelchair accessible and the trail also crosses Rock Creek at one point. Approximately 3 miles from the cabin, at the west end of the lake, is a magnificent waterfall that cascades over fern-covered rock cliffs. A trail continues from the waterfall, or heads west up Rock Creek, into the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness area. Winter activities include cross-country skiing on un-groomed terrain, snow shoeing, and ice fishing.

Facilities

The rustic cabin has three bedrooms, a living area and a kitchen. It has beds that can accommodate up to 12 people (double bunk beds with mattresses). The main living area offers a table and chairs and two wood stoves for heating. Woods Cabin is ony partially furnished. There is no electricity or hot water. We recommend bringing your own sleeping bags or bedding, ice chest, dish soap, matches, 1st Aid kit, flashlights, etc. Each renter is responsible for leaving the cabin cleaner than they found it. We'd appreciate your feedback on the condition of the cabin or any suggestions you may have. The cabin was built in 1928 and was renovated in 2011. Please be aware that this is a rustic cabin and despite our efforts to control the rodents, there may be rodent activity. Please keep the cabin clean and store food in containers or cupboards. Firewood is provided at the cabin but it will need to be split. A splitting maul is also provided. The driveway to the cabin is on a moderately steep hillside that flattens to a pull-through loop near the cabin entrance. Parking at the cabin is limited to 2 vehicles, but other vehicles can park in the upper parking lot. Day use passes are required at day use sites within the Lake Como Recreation Area from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Four day use passes are provided for Woods Cabin visitors and will be located inside the cabin. Upon vacating the cabin, please return the passes for the next renters to use. Additional vehicles need to have a day pass displayed. Day passes can be purchased on site within the Recreation Area.

Natural Features

The cabin is located along the north shore of 913-acre Lake Como in the central Bitterroot Mountains of western Montana. It is situated at an elevation of 4,245 feet and is primarily used for meetings, workshops and retreats, as it can accommodate a larger group of people. The cabin is more than 90 years old and accommodations are rustic. A variety of wildlife and birds can be seen from the cabin and its surroundings. Osprey, bald eagles, deer, moose, elk and bears make their home in the area (learn about outdoor safety ).

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