The rustic Deer Creek Cabin, located approximately 30 miles south of Big Timber, Montana, can be accessed by two different routes using foot, horse, bike, or all terrain vehicle the last 4 to 5 miles. Both routes ford creeks many times, with creek depths varying from 6 inches to several feet. Access by all terrain vehicles should not be attempted during high water levels in spring and early summer.
Lower Deer Creek access by foot, horse, bike or all terrain vehicle: From Exit 370 on I-90 just east of Big Timber, take the frontage road (south side of the Interstate) 8 miles east. Turn right (south) onto Lower Deer Creek Road (Forest Service Road #482) and proceed 16.2 miles to the Placer Gulch Trailhead sign located on the left side of the road. Park at the Trailhead and travel Placer Gulch Trail #256 by foot, horse, bike, or all terrain vehicle a distance of 3.7 miles to the intersection with Lower Deer Creek Trail #5. Turn right (south) on Trail #5 for 1.5 miles to the Deer Creek Cabin. Note: both trails have several creek crossings and Trail #256 has a number of switch backs.
West Bridger Creek access by foot or horse: From Big Timber, travel 14 miles east on I-90 to Exit 384, Bridger Creek Exit. At the stop sign, turn right and travel south for 8.2 miles to the junction of Main Bridger with West Bridger Creek Road. Turn right and continue on West Bridger Road for 4.0 miles to the parking area. Park near the sign that reads, 'West Bridger Trail #129, Lower Deer Creek. From this point, the cabin is 4 miles by foot or horse. Follow trail #129 up Jim's Gulch for approximately 1 mile where the trail turns sharply to the right (north) and climbs up to the ridge. Follow the trail to the divide where it descends steeply to Lower Deer Creek. At this point the trail junctions with Lower Deer Creek Trail #5. Turn left (south) on Trail #5 and follow the trail upstream for approximately 11/2 miles to the cabin.
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