Imagine waking up to pituresque views of the snowcapped Bitterroot mountains and the scenic East Fork of the Bitterroot River flowing through your property. Welcome to the Broad Axe Hideaway. This property is steeped in history as it is located on the famed Lewis and Clark Trail and close by to the Ross Hole historic meeting place. In 1805 the Lewis & Clark Expedition descended down to this serene valley from the Lost Trail area and discovered a Salish Indian group encamped in this area. The Expedition was in need of supplies and horses, and heard the Salish had an estimated 500 horses. According to documented history the Salish received the Expedition Corp warmly and they spent their time exchanging gifts, bartering goods, and purchasing horses. Rested and refitted, the Expedition Corp continued on their Discovery mission northbound along the Bitterroot valley.
Later, this area was named Ross’ Hole after Alexander Ross, of the Hudson Bay Company, who camped here in March of 1824 with 55 Indian and white trappers, 89 women and children and 392 horses.
Recently home to the popular year-round Broad Axe Lodge and Restaurant- patrons would enjoy Montana cuisine in a rustic atmosphere while gazing on the abundant wildlife in the pastures and surrounding mountains. Binoculars were on the tables to spot herds of big horn sheep, wild elk, deer, fox and eagles that frequented the property. Additionally, the location was designated as a Montana Wildlife Viewing Area and is Site #23 of the Montana Birding and Nature Trail.
This very special place is located behind private gates and just a few minutes off of Hwy 93. It offers 26.95 private acres along 2400+ linear feet of the trout-filled East Fork River and is in multiple parcels offering the buyer flexibility for its use. The southern portion of the property line borders US Forest Service offering direct access to the Montana wilderness for four season recreational opportunities. There are multiple septic systems, hay producing pastures utilizing water rights off of Mink Creek, no covenants and paved year-round access.
The improvements at the Broad Axe Hideaway are extensive. The rustic lodge restaurant has a full commercial kitchen, dining room, bar area and welcoming fireplace. Additionally, there is the completely remodeled main residence, two quaint turnkey cabins and a separate furnished duplex. Ancillary buildings include a fully enclosed shop and wash house for laundry facilities.
The opportunities are endless as an owner can convert this offering into a private fly fishing ranch, family retreat, wedding venue, vacation rentals or launch their dream of creating a Montana dining establishment.
Please call Cindi Hayne at 406-240-6497 or Sandy Adkins at 406-381-5872 or your real estate professional.