Artist*Wilderness*Connections

 

Artists can apply to one of the four Wilderness immersion opportunities in 2018. 

Full immersion in the Wilderness is possible with the use of a Forest administrative cabin!  Enjoy rustic settings in diverse forest settings.  

 

Why Wilderness?

"Wilderness is the land that was - wild land beyond the frontier...land that shaped the growth of our nation and the character of its people. 
Wilderness is the land that is - rare, wild places where one can retreat from civilization, reconnect with the Earth, and find healing, meaning        and significance."

 
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Spruce Park Cabin 

DATES: Saturday, July 28th - Sunday, August 5th, or,

              Saturday, July 28th - Sunday, August 12th

Spruce Park Cabin is located in the Middle Fork of the Flathead drainage about 7 miles from the Bear Creek Trail head on Highway 2 East.  The Big River Trail #155 is generally flat and takes a mild uphill climb to the cabin. Spruce Cabin sits above the Wild and Scenic Middle Fork of the Flathead River, and is surrounded by an old growth spruce forest.  The cabin was built in the late 1960’s after the original cabin was washed away in floods.  There are several hiking opportunities from the cabin, including up the Vinegar Mountain Trail #260, that provides views of the surrounding area and peaks. During rafting season there are occasional rafting parties that pass by.  

Hiking Level of Difficulty to Reach Cabin: Moderate

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Shaw Cabin 

DATES: Saturday, August 18th - Sunday August 26th, or, 

            Saturday, August 18th - Sunday September 2nd

Located in the Bob Marshall Wilderness about 15 miles from the Owl Creek Trailhead on the Swan Range, southeast of Condon.  Shaw cabin sits at the confluence of Shaw Creek and Gordon Creek. Gordon Creek is a major eastward flowing tributary of the Middle Fork of the Flathead River. The cabin is also located at the junction of two main trails. Traveling to Shaw over the 6,800 foot Gordon Pass is a treat in itself with views of the Swan Valley, the Mission Mountains and into the reaches of the Bob Marshall. From the cabin, trails take you to Koessler and Doctor Lakes. Named after early-day Seeley Lake Ranger Ezra Shaw, the cabin was built in 1928 as part of a network of strategically placed pasture and shelter facilities with Shaw only 60 miles from Ovando, Montana, the nearest post office and supply point. Shaw is part of the 2014 designation of the Flathead National Forest Backcountry Administrative Facilities National Historic District.

Hiking Level of Difficulty to Reach Cabin:  Very Strenuous

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Granite Cabin 

DATES: Saturday, September 1st - Sunday, September 9th, or,

                              Saturday, September 1st - Sunday, September 16th*

Located on the Middle Fork of the Flathead River Drainage, about 6 miles from the Granite Creek Trail head off the Skyland Road, near Marias Pass.  The cabin sits on a rock bench on the banks of the Middle Fork of the Flathead River and adjacent to a trail that follows the Middle Fork for several miles leading to the historic Schafer Work Center in the Great Bear Wilderness.  This cabin was built circa 1950. *Note: these residency dates overlap with the start of the region's backcountry general big game hunting season that starts on September 15. 

Hiking Level of Difficulty to Reach Cabin: Moderate

silvertip cabin 

DATES: Wednesday, September 5th - Thursday, September 13, or,

             Wednesday, September 5th - Wednesday, September 19*

Located about 16 miles east of Spotted Bear in the Spotted Bear River drainage about 5 miles from the trailhead. This cabin is only available in September, after Labor Day weekend. The original cabin was destroyed in the 1964 flood. The current cabin was built in 1965. Silvertip is part of the 2014 designation of the Flathead National Forest Backcountry Administrative Facilities National Historic District. *Note: these residency dates overlap with the start of the region's backcountry general big game hunting season that starts on September 15. 

Hiking Level of Difficulty to Reach Cabin: Moderate