Porcupine Cabin

2 BD, 2 BA, 1,200 Square Feet


The Forest Service Cabin captures the imagination.

Listing Description

I represented both the buyer and seller on this unique property in the summer of 2015 after only weeks of having been on the market. It is a forest service leased property with an impressive cabin built upon the FS land. Fly-fishing and hiking the Gallatin National Forest outside the door. Owners received special permission from Forest Service to replace dilapidated hunting shack from 1940s.

This trail is popular with hikers and horses but cabin privacy provided by back deck and screened porch overlooking creek and is surrounded by prairie grasses and wildflowers. Road from 191 and Porcupine Trail maintained by Forest Service and county. Locked gate between trailhead and trail is only accessible to owner and FS personnel. Parking space is available outside cabin fence for cabin owner and guests may be used for loading purposes, but overnight and/or long-term parking is located nearby at the trailhead. Designed for low maintenance with Cor-Ten Steel roof and features rustic style and modern conveniences including high-speed DSL service. Fully enclosed septic system with four connected 1000-gallon tanks to protect water quality of creek (pumping needed about once a year depending on usage). A private well was dug in 2002 and they installed a water treatment system to ensure delicious taste and quality.

It's situated on a bend in Porcupine Trail with gurgling Porcupine Creek on two sides.

There is propane forced-air in addition to a wood-stove and electric baseboards. There is a full security system including connection to septic to mitigate concerns about owning from afar. Alpine Property Management’s contract currently provides two regular inspection visits per month in winter and one per month in summer; they handle all arrangements regarding the septic pumping, propane refilling, occasional repairs as needed. About 1350 sq ft includes 2 BR, 2 BA, large great room, mudroom, laundry, screened porch, back deck (some room for expansion within FS limit of 1500). 1200 square feet are heated, the screened porch is about 150 sqft. The conveyance of the property is subject to approval from the Gallatin National Forest Service Department of Agriculture.

The replacement home was designed by Clark Llewelyn (then the dean of the MSU School of Architecture) and was built in 2002 by Big Sky Build (highly reputable local builder).

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