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Coal Creek Mountain Lodge

Bedrooms 5
Space 2,200 sq ft
Property type cabin


About the property

Main cabin: 2/2. Private Guest cabin 1/1, Bunk house 2/1 (bunkhouse additional).

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 days
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Calendar last updated:
11 July, 2018

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 Darby

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.

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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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cabin rental in Darby, Montana

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • mobile phone ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Guest Cabin bathroom 3 - toilet , bath with shower
    Main cabin bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Main cabin bathroom 2 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Bunkhouse bathroom 4 - toilet , shower enclosure
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 single bed
    Guest cabin - 1 extra lg. double bed , 1 sofa bed/futon , Separate guest cabin, close to main cabin.
    Bunkhouse - 2 bunk bed
    Bunkhouse - 1 extra lg. double bed , 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 ...
  • Television
  • 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:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • 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
  • ski
  • 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.


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Coal Creek Mountain Lodge
average rating of 4.923077 based on 27 reviews
Pocatello, Idaho

One of the best family weekends?

  • 5 of 5

We were fortunate to find this place available for a last minute family trip. This lodge is out of the way, which was perfect. The lodge, guest house, and bunkhouse was perfect for our group, plenty of space and ability to split off different family units for sleeping. The lodge was so nice for gathering for meals. The pavilion and fire pit also was perfect! The views from the property were beautiful. The outside grounds were great for playing games!

We will return again!

  • Review Submitted: 06/07/2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Spokane, wa


  • 5 of 5

We had a great time would definitely stay again!

  • Review Submitted: 02/07/2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cozy great outdoors

  • 5 of 5

Lovely cabin, wonderful beds with down comforters and memory foam on mattresses! Great scenery, we saw a herd of elk in front yard several mornings!

  • Review Submitted: 27/06/2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Amazing cabin that has all the amenities needed to have a great time in MT.

We took a cold wet hike on Sam Billings trail which was really amazing to see the gushing river from the run off from the mountain snow melting.

Attempted to take the back road to Idaho, but 30 miles in road was blocked with snow. Eventually ended up at Salmon, Idaho. Ate lunch at the local brewery (Bertram's Salmon Valley Brewery) and took a short look around. The driving was so scenic and we experienced all four seasons. We saw a lot of local wildlife, Bison, Elk , Deer, Ground Squirrel, Marmots, American Mink and Big Horn Sheep. Would recommend a day trip to Salmon, Idaho during your stay.

Another day we took another hair raising trail around Painted Rocks Loop. Great views and we actually saw a black bear within the first 10 minutes of the drive. We also saw Ground Squirrels, Chipmunks, and more deers. Noticed several types of paw prints in the snow, which were black bear, cougar and Grizzly Bear. Once we got back to the cabin we decided to cook out and my mum and dad got to experience Smores for the first time. The Jigsaws in the cabin have been great for our indoor evening entertainment.

Attempted to get to Horse Creek Hot Spring but we were denied by the snow 80% into our adventure. So what do u do when your plans change?.......... Hit the local brewery (Bandit Brewing Co) and check our the local bar (Sawmill Saloon, Darby).

We all had a great experience and there were so many highlights to the trip. Would defiantly recommend Coal Creek Cabin we can guarantee you will not be disappointed.

  • Review Submitted: 08/05/2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome property, awesome cabins, awesome views, awesome wildlife. I would highly recommend it.

  • 5 of 5

The experience was awesome. The mountains were awesome. The views were awesome.

  • Review Submitted: 26/03/2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fort Myers, Florida

My new favorite in Montana

  • 5 of 5

Property beautiful and isolated. Hiking trails are great and not too extreme. We were there in early November. It rained some and snowed some and was very sunny on the other days. A photographer's paradise since views and terrain change every few miles. We wore our hunter orange hats since it was hunting season and we wanted to not look like a target. We saw lots of elk and several kinds of footprints in the snow (yet to be identified). We stayed in the main cabin which I would have been content spending the entire day with books and games, fireplace, etc. The hot tub was great and in general everything worked and was in good shape. We have concluded that we need to come back in summer since the reservoir is beautiful and there is apparently a lot of boating and so forth then. Although we went to a ski resort nearby which had plenty of snow, it was not open for season yet. Also, the cabin was very well stocked in everything. I could have made a cake from scratch if I'd had time! Another big plus: the owner is a real nice guy an gave us lots of info on the area activities and the workings of things on and off the property. It was a great week I definitely recommend it.

  • Review Submitted: 08/11/2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • 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

Rental Rates for this holiday cabin in Darby, Montana

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1 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning - main cabin AU$270.5
Cleaning - bunk house AU$101.95
Cleaning - guest cabin AU$81.56
Pet Fee AU$475.76
Bunkhouse/night AU$135.93 + Tax
Property Damage Protection AU$134.57

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 cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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