May Creek Cabin

December 3, 2014.  Around 1:30 in the afternoon, about 24 degrees.    We’re at the May Creek trailhead near Wisdom, Montana, ready to head out to the May Creek Forest Service Cabin that we’ve rented for a two-night stay.

My pack is not too heavy, it’s not too cold, and the snow is perfect.  I’m happy and rarin’ to go.

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The trail to the cabin follows May Creek for about 2 1/2 miles.  Because it stays close to the creek it’s a nice gentle grade, and snowmobiles are prohibited so you’re guaranteed some quiet.  (Of course, that also means that there’s a good chance you’ll need to break trail if there’s a lot of snow.  But since that would be Bill’s job, I’m OK with it!)

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We followed elk tracks the whole way, as well as a coyote, but they stayed hidden.  We were lucky enough to spook up a Barred Owl, who was obliging enough to just fly a few feet from the trail, where he calmly sat and watched us.

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I only tipped over once, but believe me, once I’m down with a heavy pack on my back, I’m pretty much down for the count.  I definitely needed a helping hand to get up:

I'm surprised I didn't pull him over too!

I’m surprised I didn’t pull him over too!

The cabin is on the edge of the trees, with a nice big window that overlooks a wide meadow.

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Of course, it takes a while for the stove to heat things up, but there was a more than ample supply of wood and kindling, and once the stove was going we were toasty the whole time.

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There was even a string of battery powered Christmas lights!

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The next day turned out to be too warm for skiing; we gave it a try, but we were sticking like crazy.  It was like walking on platform shoes.  We ended up postholing around the meadow and down the trail, enjoying the big, wet snowflakes.

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I tried my hand at drawing the owl,

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I thought it was a Great Gray until I got home and looked him up in the bird book.

we played Scrabble and Solitaire,

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and made a dandy Fajita dinner.

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The moon came out briefly that night, begging for a howling wolf.  The wolf, however, did not oblige.

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Cheers to you, May Creek Cabin!

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About westerner54

Hello. I'm Cindy, and I love to hike, bike and explore the outdoors - particularly the western U.S.
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32 Responses to May Creek Cabin

  1. Andy says:

    I can feel the wonderful solitude of your getaway. I really enjoyed your pictures.

  2. What a fantastic trip! The cabin looks so cozy, and I love that you had to ski in.

  3. avian101 says:

    How wonderful to be able to enjoy Nature’s wonders! Thanks for the post! 🙂

  4. twoscamps says:

    This post brought back some happy memories for me….(a different cabin-near Bozeman) but the same feeling. I love that part of Montana….. The Pintlers and the Pioneer mountain ranges…. I sure do enjoy your blog! Maureen

  5. Looks like a wonderful escape…what a wonderful pace, falling in with natures rythm.

  6. rosemaryhr says:

    Felt like I was there with you. Thanks for sharing.

  7. jfreshly says:

    Great post. The picture of the fireplace really brought me into the log cabin mindset.

  8. TedG says:

    I am so looking forward to getting on the skis. Not enough snow here in Wisconsin…or at least what we have is too wet and sticky. Thanks for sharing!

    • westerner54 says:

      Winter is enjoyable once there’s some decent snow, isn’t it? It just never seems to stay for long – last week it melted and now it’s turned to ice. Writing posts about when it’s good seems to make it last longer!

  9. Mandy says:

    What a wonderful weekend. So different to what I might be doing here in Australia.

  10. Jeff Katzer says:

    Oh what a wonderful trip. I also like the added touch of the snow flake falling across my computer screen as I was reading. Nice.

  11. What a wonderful retreat!

  12. Heaven! The cabin looks so warm and snug inside and out, and the surrounding snowscape is just beautiful. Love the owl photos — and that’s quite a nice drawing too. I especially admire your presence of mind, or maybe your priorities: fall down on skis with a pack on your back — but don’t forget the camera! 🙂

    • westerner54 says:

      Ha! I was wondering if anyone would notice that. I fell down because I was fiddling around trying to put the camera back on my backpack strap, so I thought I might as well use it. Thanks for the nice comment.

  13. MJF Images says:

    Makes me miss skiing, and skiing to a nice cabin is the best!

  14. Janet says:

    Beautiful. 🙂

  15. brickthomas says:

    That looked like great fun!

  16. Kristy says:

    We just returned from our 10th year at May Creek. What a lovely spot! And yes, we left the “festive lights” a few years back.
    Cheers!

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