3000 square foot log lodge
Central fireplace and woodstove
Two bathrooms with shower
1- Queen bed, twin over full bunk- sleeps five
2- Double bed- sleeps two
3-Twin over full bunk, twin over twin, single- sleeps six
One pull out couch
T.v. and dvd player
Stereo with ipod port
Fully equipped commercial grade: 4 burners, griddletop, charbroiler, microwave, freezer, fridge, dishwasher, twin sinks.
Catered food service available inquire for menus to fit any budget
Jacuzzi deck, barbecue deck
Lodge is adjacent to Forest Service lands and hiking trails to two creeks.
Covered entryway/ woodpile
Eight miles by road from Hamilton, Montana (view map)
Bitterroot and Saphire Mountains and the Bitterroot Valley
Child friendly and handicap accessible one story lodge
Winter: backcountry skiing, Wilderness skiing, sledding, snowshoeing
Summer: hiking, mountain biking, fishing, rockclimbing, boating, shopping and weekend farmer's market, historic Lewis and Clark sites, Daly Mansion, scenic flights
Foosbal, board games, wood splitting!
Winter: private mountain road parking, 1.5 mile ski uphill to lodge on snow covered roadway, snowmachine shuttles for food and gear.
Summer: 3 mile mountain road directly to lodge, shuttles for long distance through bikers available as well as for any travelers from Missoula airport. 20 minute drive from Hamilton, one and a half hours from Missoula airport
Guided ski tours are available with our Special Use Permit under authorization from the Bitterroot National Forest. $250-$500 per day
Hosting available please inquire if you desire extra services
Self hosting is standard
Winter: private access backcountry skiing on Downing Mountain is the main attraction. Snowshoeing and sledding are also popular from the Lodge. Downhill skiing at Lost Trail Powder Mountain, one hour south, and Montana Snowbowl, one and a half hours north, are popular destinations for some guests as well.
Summer: Private immediate hiking access to Downing Mountain and subalpine tarns and Barley Lake. Other hiking trails: Ward Mountain, Blodgett Canyon and overlook trails, Canyon Creek are all within one half hour drive from lodge. Fishing on the Bitterroot River and tributaries are within one half hour drive. Rock Creek headwaters are an hour and a half drive. Some of Montana's best rock climbing is located in Blodgett Canyon, Lost Horse Canyon, Mill Creek Canyon, and Kootenai Canyon all within an hour's or less drive. Boating on the Bitterroot is close and there is good whitewater rafting and kayaking on the Salmon River, Lochsa River, Clark Fork River, and Selway River all within a two hour drive. Mountain Biking is good with trails and two track roads in abundance around Lake Como, which is also a popular boating, swimming, and hiking destination.
Downing Mountain Lodge is conveniently located halfway between Montana's two premier National Park destinations: Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park. Glacier National Park is a three to four hour drive north. Yellowstone is a four hour drive east.When traveling between the two as many of Montana's summer guests do, stopping to visit the authentic and beautiful Bitterroot Valley by driving over Skalkaho or Lost Trail Pass on the Lewis and Clark Trail and staying at the historic Downing Mountain Lodge two thousand feet above the valley with amazing hundred mile views is a popular and affordable treat.
The Downing Mountain Lodge's soothing round architecture consists of log rafters joined from sixteen sides to a central fireplace structure. Windows are built into the north, east, and south sides providing stunning views of the Bitterroot Valley and Sapphire Mountains. The fireplace, wood stove, propane and electric heat, and a Jacuzzi make the lodge warm and cozy.
The spacious, fully-furnished kitchen includes a stovetop, ovens, microwave, refrigerator, griddle top, pots, pans and all tableware. The kitchen exits to the south deck, where an outside shower and Jacuzzi await.
Three bedrooms with a Queen bed and bunks on the south side of the lodge accommodate up to twelve guests. On the north and east side the common area contains two couches, a love seat, card tables, and a large dining table. Board games, a foosball table, and magazines provide entertainment. Two bathrooms with flush toilets, a shower, and sinks round out the basic amenities of the lodge.
The lodge has running water, electric power, WIFI, a stereo, TV and DVD. Downing Mountain Lodge provides exceptional backcountry access, but you will not be roughing it! We invite you to ski and play hard depending on the season, eat ravenously, laugh boisterously, and relax into the gentle rhythms of this beautiful natural setting..