Hardscrabble Creek Ranch, Montana
Property Types: Vacant Land, Farms, Ranches, Recreational, Timber Land
Activities & Amenities
Where can you find wildlife, wilderness, and wide-open spaces frequently filled with Wapiti? Hardscrabble Creek Ranch is situated 13 miles east of Lincoln, Montana and is a recreational utopia with a balanced combination of gently rolling emerald green meadows, mature stands of aspen trees, and wetlands with year-round sparkling springs. This property spans across 640 acres that provide sweeping views of snowcapped alpine vistas in this upper Blackfoot Valley area. Where the wilderness is still wild, the Hardscrabble Creek Ranch remains a rare novelty to those seeking land to purchase. Stewardship and preservation have been the factors keeping this retreat ultimately untouched. As such, the landscape is ideal for elk and other big game wildlife to seek cover and shelter. The 640 acres borders State of Montana lands that provide access to public lands offering more recreational opportunities. Additionally, the property allows access to the Bob Marshall Wilderness and the Scapegoat Wilderness.
The combination of rugged terrain and gently rolling foothills offer ideal habitat for elk. This property is home to big game offering stands of Quaking Aspens to provide thermal cover and shelter with plenty of wetlands and springs for adequate water. Elk typically summer at higher elevations and then move back down to grass to winter. Their habitats can be greatly influenced by human activity. The coniferous forests of this property interspersed with mountain meadows give the elk the needed security, shelter, and forage production to flourish. Elk also prefer moist sites for the dry and hot summer months. The natural springs and the 1⁄2 mile of Hardscrabble Creek frontage give them water and a place to cool off!
Owning hunting land with access to public lands greatly increases success for an adventurous hunting season. Each year, hunters flock to mountain forests and public lands in quest for the elusive big game animals such as deer, elk, moose, and bear. Wildlife of all species have been seen in this area so be the envy of your hunting friends with the unlimited chances that come with this property. Each year, only 1 in 5 elk hunters kill any elk—calf, cow, or bull. Only 1 in 25 manages to take down a 6x6 or bigger bull elk. This property will certainly increase those odds as you can scout out your very own resident herd.
Lincoln, Montana is a well-known recreational mining town as gold discoveries in 1860 brought miners to the area. Historically, it has roots rich in the Lewis and Clark expedition. In 1806, Meriwether Lewis passed through the area on his return trip to St. Louis after discovering the route to the western coast. There is plenty of wilderness around Lincoln for exploring. Visitors and locals can hike, bike, fish, hunt, bird watch, watch for wildlife, go horseback riding, or snowmobile. In 2017, Lincoln was named the first Continental Divide Trail Gateway Community in Montana because of the three access points found at Stemple Pass, Flescher’s Pass, and Roger’s Pass. As a result, there are ample opportunities for hikers and visitors to get out in the fresh mountain air and camp, fish, or hunt! The town was actually named in August of 1865 after the 16th President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated.
The Lincoln Valley is encompassed with great fishing areas! The Blackfoot River is 130 miles of pure mountain waters flowing along Highway 200. It has great access to accommodate anglers while they anxiously pursue catching Rainbow, Bull, Cutthroat, Cut-Bow, and Brown Trout. Check out one of these creeks for an adventure: Alice Creek, Beaver Creek, Copper Creek, Cottonwood Creek, Landers Fork, and Nevada Creek. You will find plenty of Brook Trout to keep you busy reeling. Take out your boat or kayak for the lake experience at Brown’s Lake where you can catch Bass, Bluegill, Perch, or a Trout. Snowbank Lake and Copper Lake are full of Cutthroat Trout.
Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex
Comprised of three wilderness, the Bob Marshall, the Scapegoat, and the Great Bear, the complex covers over 1.5 million acres of mountainous terrain considered to be one of the most completely preserved ecosystems in the world!
Area Attractions Trail System
Winter time is play time for the community surrounding Lincoln. With over 250 groomed snowmobile trails, you can expect to see many enjoying the dazzling snow and crisp air dog sledding, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing. There are hundreds of miles of bicycle trails for spring and summer months. There are also countless trails from ATVs.
Blackfoot Pathways: Sculpture in the Wild
Deemed innovative land art, a group of artists have created a series of sculptures that utilize natural and industrial materials associated with the economic and cultural traditions of the area.
Try your hand at rummaging forest floors for the elusive Morel Mushroom. Be sure to do your research because any look alike can be toxic if ingested!