Artist*Wilderness*Connections

Artist can apply to one of the three Wilderness immersion opportunities. 

Full immersion in the Wilderness is possible with the use of a Forest administrative cabin! The cabins provide 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

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

Shaw Cabin 

Dates: Saturday, August 18th- Sunday August 26th

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: Strenuous

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Granite Cabin 

Dates: Saturday September 1st- Sunday, September 9th

Located on the Middle Fork of the Flathead River Drainage, about 10 miles from the trail head on Highway 2 East and 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.

Hiking Level of Difficulty to Reach Cabin: Moderate