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Q:  What is the history of the house?

A:  The house was hand crafted in the early 1950's by one of Bozeman's leading log cabin builders.  It was completely remodelled a few years ago which brought it back to its orginal configuration but with a new green metal roof and all new utilities and appliances. 

Q:  Exactly what appliances/amenities  do you have in the House?

A:  ENTRY:  Hooks for hanging fishing and skiing gear,  bench for shoe removal in winter,  bar stools at counter. KITCHEN: Electric Stove, Refrigerator, Microwave, Coffee Maker, Toaster Oven, Toaster and Breakfast Table and Chairs.  DINING:  Table for six (adapts for poker, fly tying, etc. but please wax skis outside or in entry.)  LIVING:  Land Line Telephone with Answering Machine, High Definition Satellite TV (DirecTV),  VHS Tape and DVD players, CD player,  High speed WiFi LAN Internet Connection (HughesNet Satellite),  Board Games, and lots of Books many of which deal with fly fishing, golf, hiking, skiing, etc.  BEDROOMS:  Each has two twin beds (which can be combined into one king), a chest of drawers, wall- mounted rod and clothes hangers and  and a thermostatically controlled electric stove with simulated flames for warmth and atmosphere.  UTILITY ROOM: Iron and ironing board, vaccum cleaner.  FRONT PATIO:  Weber gas grill, table, chairs, umbrella, and Creekside Picnic Table.  Also a frost free hydrant for washing fishing boots etc.

 Q: What outdoor activities are allowed on the Bear Creek and New World Gulch trails?

A:  These trails are under the auspices of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) and the U.S.Forest Service (see map on our Location page).  Activities vary with the seasons.  In the spring, summer and fall, hikers use both trails. Beginning in July, 2011, motorized use of the Bear Creek trail is authorized from July 15 until December 1.   Horse back riders and mountain bicycle riders also use the new World Gulch Trail.  In winter cross country skiers use both trails.  No snowmobiles are allowed on either trail. 

Q:  What is up these trails that would be of interest to visitors?

A:  Both trails follow creeks and are very scenic and pass through both  timber and meadows with opportunities for viewing  wildlife (as mentioned above) ; and both go to lakes as can be seen on the map on our location page.  Both Mystic Lake and the Bear Lakes are a pretty good hike from the trailhead (five to six miles) but  these lakes contain fish worthy of  the hike.  Topo maps of these routes are available at the House.

Q:  How difficult is the cross country skiing on these trails? 

A:  Bear Creek is a better choice for beginners.  New World Gulch is steep in places.  Neither trail is machine groomed but generally the snow is packed down by the various users.  For groomed trails we recommend Bohart Ranch, 15 miles up Bridger Canyon from Bozeman.  http://www.bohartranchxcski.com/

 Q:  Where can I find out about other events, activities or things to do in your area?

A:  Check out this web site: http://visitmt.com or ask your hosts.

Q:  What is the weather like in your area?

A:  We are in a semi arid climate zone and  get a lot of sunshine.   When planning outdoor activities, it's always best to check the forecast in the morning before you leave Bear Canyon.  The Trailhead House has radio and satellite TV for checking the weather.

Q:  Is your facility licensed ? 

A:  Yes, Bear Creek Trailhead House is licensed as an approved public accomodation facility by the Food and Consumer Safety Section of the State of Montana, Department of Health & Human Services.

Q: Do you allow pets?

A:  No, partly because we are located in a wildlife corridor with  white tail and mule deer, moose and (very rarely) black bears and mountain lions in the area.  Also,  some of our clients are allergic to pet dander.

Q:  Do you accept personal checks?

A:  Yes, but we prefer that all transactions be with Mastercard or Visa credit cards or debit cards, or cash.   Credit Card information will be accepted via telephone only for your security.

Q:  Does your rate include all taxes?

A:  No, we must add  the 7% Montana State Lodging Facility Sales andTax to the price charged

Bear Creek Trailhead House
3586 Bear Canyon Road
Bozeman, MT 59715
 406-586-5759