Martin City

SugarHill

Photo Courtesy of Cabinfeverdays.com

Martin City is the gateway to the Hungry Horse Reservoir’s west side. The South Fork road passes two saloons before it heads up Sugar Hill and through Abbott Valley Homestead lands on the way to the “Rez”.

During the hey day of the building of the Hungry Horse Dam in the 1940’s and 1950’s, about three thousand people lived here. Today there are a couple hundred residents and two saloons to stop and fuel up at on your way to the adventures of the Flathead National Forest that lay beyond the tiny town.

Martin City is now famous as the home of the World Famous Cabin Fever Days and Barstool Ski Races, a 39 year tradition of winter festival merry-making each February, featuring competitions like armwrestling, hatchet throwing, shuffleboard, roshambo and much more. Ride a free shuttle around to the events at multiple venues.

Desert Mountain is one of the few mountain tops reachable by gravel and dirt road (four wheel drive recommended), which perhaps is the most fun to enjoy during the winter time when the Flathead Snowmobile Association grooms the road for easy cruising by snowmobile, and offering access to a network of snow covered roads overlooking the Reservoir.