About the property
- Cabin1900 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay2 nights
4 bedrooms, 2 baths, Sleeps 10
Our cabin is nestled in the Sapphire Range of Lolo National Forest about halfway between Philipsburg and the Rock Creek Lodge, 20 miles east of Missoula.
The Sapphire Complex of fires during the summer of 2017, and specifically the Little Hogback fire, burned nearly 44,000 acres to the east and north of our property. The fire burned right up to the top of the ridge overlooking our cabin, and in some spots, came down the hill. For the most part, you can't see the damage from our cabin, but there are a few places that you can see. That said, our cabin is an excellent place to rent if you're going to be Mushroom Hunting. Permits are available starting on Monday, April 16th.
It’s easily accessible year-round, and every season is spectacular in its own way. Winter access is from the Philipsburg side ONLY, as much of Missoula side is not maintained.
The cabin has 2 bedrooms on the main (2nd) floor, each with a queen bed. The 200 square foot loft also has a queen bed. On the ground floor there’s a bunk room with a full/twin bunk bed and a twin bed. The photos make it look larger, but know that the ground floor and second floor are each about 850 square feet. (24’ x 36’). The interior stairs are steep and wide, so if you have small kids, you should know that.
The bathroom on the main floor has a tub/shower, toilet and sink. The bathroom on the ground floor has a shower, toilet and sink. Laundry facilities are on the main floor. There’s an infrared sauna in the bunk room on the ground floor.
The main floor has a living area with 2 couches, chairs, a TV/DVD player, a dining table that seats 6-8, and a fully stocked kitchen. There’s no dishwasher. There is a second kitchen in the garage, that’s more party zone than garage. There are also 2 couches and a cart converted into an awesome coffee table in the garage.
Other features include a 430 square foot deck with seating for 10 at 2 tables.
In the warmer months, there’s an outdoor shower with on-demand hot water that you just won’t want to leave.
A 6-foot fire ring gives you plenty of room to get everyone around the fire. Lawn chairs are located under the bed in the bunk room. For smaller gatherings, the portable 3 foot fire pit works much better. There’s a propane grill on the deck for outdoor cooking.
Please note that there’s NO computer, NO WiFi, NO cell service and NO cable TV. If you want people to contact you, you can forward your phone to the cabin.
There is however, a SiriusXM satellite radio boom box, so bring your portable Sirius radio. There are 2 portable Bluetooth speakers that connect to the boom box so you can easily bring your tunes downstairs, to the fire, or to the shower (bring 8 AA batteries if you want to do things are hard on batteries). The speaker under the TV can connect to your devices with Bluetooth or USB. We also have 30 or so DVD’s, board games, cards and cribbage boards.
Luckily, you’re likely not here to sit inside and look out the window. Rock Creek is famous for excellent fishing. We have Rainbow, Brown, Brook, Cutthroat and Bull Trout. Our cabin isn’t on the creek, but public access is a 3-minute walk upstream. The Wyman trailhead is a quarter mile downstream. It’s popular with anglers, hikers, and it’s a great place to play in the water. Other trails are nearby to offer other opportunities for hikers to enjoy the area.
In addition to the fish, you’re also likely to see deer, sheep, eagles, owls, bats at dusk, and moose. If you’re lucky, you might see an elk or a bear.
So bring your raft, drift boat, tubes or kayaks and get in the water! Note that you cannot fish from a boat after June 30, but you can still float the creek (even though people will tell you otherwise. They’re misreading the fishing regulations.) There’s typically enough water to float until the 2nd or 3rd week of July. With few others floating the creek, you’ll likely have it all to yourself.
Philipsburg, voted one of America’s Prettiest Painted Places, is a 45 minute drive and features the great Philipsburg Brewing Company, several restaurants, the Sweet Palace Candy Store, Gem Mountain Sapphire Gallery and lots of shopping.
Discovery Basin Ski Area is only 45 miles away, but it’s about an hour and fifteen minute drive.
The Skalkaho Road is 18 miles upstream and offers a gorgeous but slow drive to Hamilton. Skalkaho Falls is spectacular in the spring. There’s also a sapphire mine where you can find your own stones. The Skalkaho Road is a great place to spend an afternoon.
We’re dog friendly, but please control them as there are other dogs and sometimes horses nearby. Also, you should know that the exterior isn't quite complete yet and there are two stacks of lumber near the front of the cabin and various construction supplies around the outside of the cabin. We got evacuated due to forest fires and then the bad weather hit, so I didn't get it cleaned up as well as I would've liked. It shouldn't impact your ability to enjoy the property at all.
Discounts offered for 5+ night stays.
Finally, I'm not going to charge a cleaning fee, at least not yet. Instead, I'm going to ask that guests leave it as they found it (or better). As long as that happens, there won't be a cleaning fee. So please justify my faith in humanity and leave it clean.
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- Calendar last updated:
- Mar 22, 2018
About Mark Rosenleaf
I love Rock Creek. My parents purchased this property in the mid-70's, and we enjoyed it for many summers. My mom passed away in 2009 and I inherited the place. We started building the cabin in 2012. We went pretty hard for about 2 years, at which point it was far from finished but move-in ready. We were out of money, so for the next 3.5 years we've continued work as we have money. With the exception of the concrete, the plumbing and the roofing, we did all of the work ourselves (with a lot of help from our great friends), and we take a lot of pride in it). With the addition of the deck in the summer of 2017, it's pretty much done. There's a little bit of siding on the back that I need to finish, and then a lot of getting rid of extra materials. We use the place as often as we can, but our daughter is in traveling sports, so that impacts our ability to get out to our favorite place. We figured if we can't enjoy it, we might as well let others. Future plans include an outdoor wood-fired sauna, a hot tub and a detached garage. Why "Fortress of Solitude"? During the fire season of 2017, I asked the fire fighters why my property was the only one on the loop without sprinklers running 24/7. I was told that they called our place "the fort" because it's got a concrete foundation, metal and concrete siding, metal soffit and fascia and a metal roof. "If a fire swept through here, yours would be the only place standing", one fire fighter told me. The second part of that is that I find the place very serene and relaxing. I'm pretty high strung and always have to be on the move, doing something. At Rock Creek, I can relax, read a book, or just sit around. It's my Fortress of Solitude.
Mark Rosenleaf purchased this Cabin in 1975
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 2:00 PM
Check-out: 2:00 PM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
The outside was a little rough, but the finishing touches inside were very well done.
The location is great for those who want a place to stay while in the Rock Creek area. It is upstream, and close to our favorite fishing holes. Definitely a choice for winter, early Spring and Fall. In the summer we will camp. With that being said, as I mentioned, the outside is a little rough, with building materials and what not. We didn’t utilize the outside so it was not a big deal. The inside was very nice and had everything we needed!!! Only a couple of heads up or complaints I can think of. The stairs into the main floor are narrow, so if you struggle with stairs, not an ideal place for you. The bedroom lights and outlets did not work, which was a bit frustrating since we got in at night, but were able to use flashlights and phones just fine to find our way around. The last thing is that there is no cleaning or anything, just leave it as you found it. That is fine as it reduces the $ a lot, but I must say that I am skeptical that everyone does what is needed, especially washing sheets. The washing machine would not hold the 3 sets of sheets in 1 load, so I had to do 2 loads of sheets and 1 load of towels. This takes tome and if we were in a rush to get out, I would have been cussing. As it was, we were not in a rush and were waiting for it to warm up so we could fish. It would be nice if there were an extra set of sheets so that the sheets could be dealt with differently. Lastly, instructions as to what was expected to be done were not detailed, such as what to do with the trash, sheets, etc. it is nice to know exactly what you are expected to do, especially if you pay a security deposit. All in all, this is a nice place and we will probably utilize it again for another similar trip.
In the property description, we acknowledged that the outside doesn't meet our standards, but by late spring or early summer, we assure you that it'll meet your expectations and match the quality that you experienced inside the cabin.
The stairs are ridiculously wide and ridiculously steep, and if there was one thing that I could change about the place, that'd be it. However, there's another means of ingress and egress via the deck.
As for the lights and outlets in the bedrooms, I'm sure that was related to the power outage the week before your stay. It's never happened before. I reset the breaker and it seems fine. That said, (and I'm saying this more to future guests), please contact me immediately if there's anything that isn't right. That one could've been easily remedied.
I appreciate your comment regarding that we do better with a list of expectations, and I've updated our list so that it's more clear. Just so you know, we go out to the cabin between EVERY rental, and wash the sheets and towels. I'm sorry that it wasn't clear that you weren't expected to do that. Rest assured that you slept on clean sheets.
Lovely cabin and awesome location
Had a great time! Cabin was clean and comfortable with everything one might need. Perfect spot to cozy up on a rainy weekend and had fun exploring the hills when the sky cleared.
Not even Verizon can find us!
The Fortress of Solitude (FoS) was a perfect place to get away with some friends for the weekend. It is definitely smaller than it appears in the pictures but the layout worked very well for us (8 adults and 3 children all under 3 y.o). With 2/3 children being able to walk, we used a bench from the 2nd level and placed it at the top of the stairs to act as a barrier and it worked perfectly (the stairs are incredibly steep!). My wife and two sons slept in the basement bunkbed room with the sauna, which was a nice bonus.
The outdoor shower was not working which didn't bother us.
Owner left us a bottle of wine (nice touch).
Plenty of games and movies at the house!
No cell service/wifi so if you someone needs to contact you, make sure to give them the landline number!
Being an avid fly fisherman, I would love to visit again in the summer (river not visible but plenty of access)!