The Lion Head Cabin provided solace and inspiration to award-winning novelist and screenwriter William “Gatz” Hjortsberg, who lived here on a full and part-time basis for more than 33 years. Gatz felt a deep connection to the wild and spent countless hours writing, wandering the local trails and fishing the pristine blue-ribbon waters of the scenic Boulder River, which flows a short distance from the cabin across the Main Boulder Road. The large rock outcropping on Mount Baker above the cabin, known locally as the “Lion’s Head”, gives the cabin its distinctive name.
The cabin is nestled on a gently sloping bench against the Beartooth-Absaroka mountains in a sweeping and rugged 28-acre landscape, bestowing spectacular views of the Boulder River Valley in every direction. Bountiful wildlife (big and small) frequent the property all year long. Sunrises and sunsets cast multicolored shadows against spectacular rock outcroppings and green pine forests while the mighty peaks of the Absaroka Beartooth wilderness lead the way toward Yellowstone National Park. The property, bordered to the south and east by the Gallatin National Forest, provides easy walking access to the scenic Boulder River that flows under the spectacular Natural Bridge Falls and continues on for miles in both directions. To the north and west, a large working ranch preserves the open landscape, providing for a private setting, without a house in sight.
Built in 1961, the Lion Head Cabin is still full of the vintage charm from this era. Approximately 1,300 square feet provides for two-bedrooms, one full bath, a galley kitchen, a living room with a wood burning fireplace and separate library area, a dining area and a large deck. Amenities include a metal roof, fiberoptic internet service, telephone, electricity and wall mounted Convection heaters. Steps away from the front door is a storage shed for recreational gear and cozy fire pit for cookouts and gatherings of family and friends.
The Boulder River Valley near McLeod, MT offers opportunities for fishing in mountain streams, camping, hiking, hunting, horseback riding and much more. Natural Bridge State Park is just across the Main Boulder Road from the Lion Head Cabin. Here you can access the trail head for the Green Mountain Trail with terrain that changes from grassland to heavy timber where wildflowers, deer, elk, bear may be seen along the way that leads to saddle that straddles the East Boulder and Main Boulder Valleys with views into both river-fed corridors. The Main Boulder Road winds its way south along the river to Box Canyon. A short distance beyond Box Canyon is the ghost town of Independence, easily accessed by foot or ATV. The remains of cabins the gold seekers built can be seen nestled in a breathtaking mountain valley.
From the Lion Head Cabin the town of Big Timber is 26 miles, Livingston is 35 miles (via Swingley Road) and Bozeman MT is 107 miles.
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