• Activities:

    Chillin, Fishing, Photography, Running, Yoga, Backpacking, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Spring, Summer, Autumn

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    2 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    500 Feet

Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Picnic Area
Romantic
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

The Montana Bunkhouse is set in an epic location for hiking, wildlife viewing, wildflower picking and extraordinary views of Central Montana.

The Montana Bunkhouse is a great place to unplug and enjoy time with friends and family. This two bedroom bunkhouse rests in the foothills of the Big Snowy mountains on the Olsen family ranch an hour from the nearest town. The building was built in 1905 as a community hall, later converted to a country school and is now a gathering place you can rent for a weekend getaway. 

The Bunkhouse is equipped with running water, 3/4 bath, full kitchen, living room, dining room and game room. The building is surrounded by a large yard area, mature trees, boasts a fire ring, picnic table and horse shoe pits.

Aside from entertainment at the bunkhouse, there are a ton of hiking options with views you won't soon forget. In the spring and summer wildflowers can be found everywhere and the fall foliage will take your breath away. Wildlife is also abundant, it's not unusual to see deer, pheasants and turkeys wander into the yard. 

The hike featured in the photos was a 2-mile jaunt up to the Sheep Herders Monuments with a view down into the Beaver Creek Drainage. Many other hikes and views are available around the ranch.

If you're up for a little driving, Spring Creek in Lewistown offers some pretty fantastic fishing, especially if you're a fly fisherman. Crystal Lake is a short commute with more hiking and fishing options.

After a day of adventuring, you can return to the bunkhouse to grill some steaks, roast some mallows around the fire and kick back with a cold one.

Pack List

  • Food for the bunkhouse
  • Snacks for outings
  • Water Bottle
  • Jacket (even in the summer, the nights get cool)
  • Camera
Read More

Please respect the places you find on The Outbound.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph. Learn More

Reviews

Overall rating:  Rate this Adventure

Leave a Review

Have you done this adventure? Leave a review!

Jen Weir Storyteller

Montana native, writer, CSCS, military wife, mom and Wonder Woman protégé. I love books, beer, bacon, mountains, muscles, sunshine and getting outside with my family every chance I get.

Are we missing something? Suggest an edit

Nearby Adventures

Hike the Sugar Bowl Loop in Kings Canyon NP

Tulare County, California

First and foremost, to get to this trailhead you need to drive down a 2-mile, one lane dirt road that is quite steep.

8 Saves

Hike to Ehukai Pillbox

59178 Ke Nui Road, Hawaii

This hike starts directly across from Banzai Pipeline, the famous barreling wave at Ehukai Beach.

7 Saves

Winter Hike to Calypso Cascades

1046 County Highway 115, Colorado

While most people go snowshoeing near the Bear Lake or Glacier Gorge area in RMNP, Wild Basin is a much less trafficked option.

6 Saves