A few things to know about The North Fork Hostel & Inn

…that are good to know:

Check in between 5 PM and 10 PM

Let us know if you’re coming earlier or need a late check-in. Use the self check in and catch up with your host once you get settled in.

Check out before 10 AM

Please, leave room or cabin as you found it.

How to light propane lamps:

Please familiarize yourself with them first and ask for assistance if in doubt: First light match (make sure you have a solid and big flame) hold it to the mantle (make sure only the flame, not the match, is touching the mantle) and turn gas on (lever/ knob on side of lamp) For your safety, do not turn gas on first and do not blow light out! Oliver loves to show you how to light the lamps safely!

Power Hour:

We get our power from the sun and our system is fairly small. We still encourage you to use the electric lights (especially until you get used to the  propane lights) and prefer it in the shower room, but please, always turn OFF after use. Wifi and charging power only works during the power hour, on some days wifi might not be available. (check with Oliver, times are usually between 7 & 8 PM!)

Kitchen hours:

7 AM to 10 AM and 5 PM to 10 PM (Please, respect quiet times) Clean up after yourself and be respectful to others; There are 2 guest refrigerators for your use in the kitchen, please mark  and date all your food and let us know if you leave foodstuff behind, so it can be shared with other guests. Please wash all your dishes and wipe counter and stove top immediately after use; Wash dishes in blue tubs, fill rinse tub first so hot water can reach kitchen, then fill wash tub (staff will fill sanitizer tub), help conserve water and energy, Thanks!

Please recycle:

Tin, Aluminum, plastic #1 & #2 in blue recycle bin – please rinse out first; Paper products can go in paper bag; Glass bottles in a card board box; there is no glass recycling but it makes life easier as we have to haul garbage to Columbia Falls; Absolutely no cooked or processed FOOD scraps in compost pail – only coffee, tea and raw, uncooked matters (in doubt throw in trash or ask Oliver). Remember this is bear country!

Shower hours:

7 AM to 10 AM and 5 PM to 10 PM (Please, respect quiet times) The shower has an electric light, you find the switch to the left of the light fixture above the sink. Conserve water: We are in a fragile environment: Low groundwater table & flood plain, limit your time and water use, be respectful to those after you and use squeegee after each use; Please prop door open with little stool so air can circulate. Shower for hostel guests only, Merc has public coin showers, so does Home Ranch Store.

Sheets and Towels

are normally not provided but are available (Ask for help) for a small charge; Always use bedding or sleeping bags! Pillow cases (No charge) are next to the kitchen in the Hallway; Please return pillow cases and sheets to hamper after use. Hang towels to dry. Thanks!

¡Outhouses!

Only toilet paper and human waste down the hole! Absolutely no plastic or hygiene products in pit please, they belong in trash! Keep lid closed to keep smell down! It is OK to pee in the woods!

And Remember:

Changing toilet paper rolls does not cause brain damage!

quiet, inexpensive accommodation since 1979

Located in the North Fork Valley just west of Glacier National Park, the North Fork Hostel offers guests a choice of accommodations in an old-fashioned, old world atmosphere. It’s a place to get away, relax, meet new friends and enjoy the beauty of Glacier National Park and the Flathead National Forest.

Propane lights brighten your nights (there’s no electricity in Polebridge). Although the area is off the power grid, the hostel has a solar system to recharge digital camera batteries and access WiFi. A propane cooking range and refrigerators are available to make your food preparation easier after you have spent an exciting day exploring the area.

Visitors from all around the world enjoy our facilities. It is not uncommon to begin your day by having a fascinating conversation with travelers from other countries while enjoying your morning coffee.

For outdoor enthusiasts, a variety of equipment may be rented nearby. This includes, but is not limited to, items such as mountain bikes, inflatable kayaks, and backpacking equipment. Cross-country skis, poles and boots as well as snowshoes are available for use in June at Logan Pass on the Continental Divide in Glacier National Park.

All guests may use the amenities of the hostel. These include a living room, shower, and kitchen and refrigerator facilities.

Your friendly hostelmeister is Oliver. He has traveled the world extensively and understands hosteller’s needs. He is fluent in English, German and sometimes Italian and Spanish. you can make reservations online, by email or give Oliver a call at the hostel.

the Goat Chalet

It is called the goat chalet because, as the story goes, John used to house a couple of goats in there at one point, but today it is my most favored rental cabin at the hostel.

It has a queen size bed, a potbelly stove for heat and a small table with two chairs.

Square Peg Ranch North Cabin

(27′ x 21′) completed in 1955

Occupancy 2-8 people.

one master bedroom (9’x 10′) with a double bed and loft (11′ x 20′) with two double beds

“stuffed” easy chairs, couch and cocktail table

wood heater, rock fireplace, screen and utensils

small tables, freestanding coat rack

propane lights and propane refrigerator

one Montgomery Ward wood cooking range and propane range for cooking and baking

kitchen table and two 4′ rustic, homestead benches

silverware, sharp knives, steel skillets, cast iron skillet, dishpans, coffee cups, large plates, drinking cups, small pots, coffee pot, cooking pots, cookie sheets, pie pans, shallow baking pans, hot pads

cold running water in summer (not potable – boil 5 minutes) Persons using the cabins do not have a safe drinking water supply available on premises; drinking water is available at the North Fork Hostel – ¾ mile (1.2 km) away. Containers must be brought with you to obtain safe drinking water at the North Fork Hostel.

solar shower during sunny days next to the Charlie Wise Homestead

stocked woodshed

log outhouse


For Your Information (North Cabin)

Water is not potable, please boil for five minutes- you also can get drinking water at the hostel. Dish washing:
wash (warm soapy water)
Rinse (cold water)
Sanitize (cold water + ½ cap bleach)
Please wash and put away all dishes.

Please do not leave water in pots during freezing weather. They will freeze and break. It is best to tell us if the propane refrigerator is acting up. They are tricky to deal with.

Regarding the damper in the fireplace: towards you is open; to back is closed.

The Heater is not a propane heater, but a wood-burning Heater; Make certain the ashes are removed from the front part of the stove. Open both knobs up, governing the draft to start a fire. Once the fire is burning well, turn the knobs down to medium or low. Leave the ash door as it is difficult to close and makes the fire difficult to control.

Please replace firewood and kindling in the cabin for the next person.

How to light propane lights: please first light match or lighter and hold it near (touch with the flame and not the match) the mantle inside the glass bowl and than turn gas on. Mantels are fragile to touch. Do not turn gas on first. To extinguish, turn gas off.

Solar shower is located south of the South cabin. Use during warmth of day for best results.

If you need supplies for the outhouse or find any problems, please let us at the hostel know.

Pack in and Pack out!
Please take out all your garbage and trash! Do not leave any of it outside! This is grizzly country!

Note: Please leave the place like you found it, so we can maintain our low rates.
If the cabin requires cleaning after use or any trash needs to be removed we will charge you for the service.

Thank you for your cooperation!

Charlie Wise Homestead

The original Charlie Wise homestead from circa 1918. The log outhouse was featured in a book of outhouses, as well as a magazine for Montana State University. Newspaper article about Charlie Wise are in picture frames on the wall of the South Cabin.

Occupancy 2-4 people.

one master bedroom with double bed and living room with antique, oak double bed from the 1800’s

and a hide-a-bed, that can be used in front of the fireplace
“stuffed” easy chairs, couch and cocktail table
wood heater dated 1898, rock fireplace


screen and utensils
small tables, freestanding coat rack
propane lights and propane refrigerator
one Irish, wood cooking range and propane range for cooking and baking

wooden kitchen table and chairs
silverware, sharp knives, steel skillets, cast iron skillets, dishpans, coffee cups, large plates, drinking cups, small pots, coffee pot, cooking pots, cookie sheets, pie pans, shallow baking pans, hot pads

cold running water in summer (not potable – boil 5 minutes) Persons using the cabins do not have a safe drinking water supply available on premises; drinking water is available at the North Fork Hostel – ¾ mile (1.2 km) away. Containers must be brought with you to obtain safe drinking water at the North Fork Hostel

solar shower during sunny days next to the log home

stocked woodshed

unique log outhouse


For Your Information (Charlie Wise Homestead)

Water is not potable, please boil for five minutes- you also can get drinking water at the hostel. Dish washing:
wash (warm soapy water)
Rinse (cold water)
Sanitize (cold water + ½ cap bleach)
Please wash and put away all dishes.

Please do not leave water in pots during freezing weather. They will freeze and break.

It is best to tell us if the propane refrigerator is acting up. They are tricky to deal with.

To light Kitchen Wood stove: After laying paper and kindling in cooking range, put lit piece of paper in little door at base of stovepipe, you will smoke yourself out.

To start fire in Wood stove open flap at air vent briefly, but after fire is going well, turn open draft about one turn at most. Never close air vent completely.

To set fire for the night or when it becomes too warm, open back draft on floor. It acts like a damper and slows down fire. Use clothes pins at bottom to keep back draft open.

Please replace firewood and kindling in the cabin for the next person.

How to light propane lights: please first light match or lighter and hold it near (touch with the flame and not the match) the mantle inside the glass bowl and than turn gas on, mantles are fragile. Do not turn gas on first. To extinguish, turn gas off.

Solar shower is located south of the South cabin. Use during warmth of day for best results.

If you need supplies for the outhouse or find any problems, please let us at the hostel know.

Pack in and Pack out!
Please take out all your garbage and trash! Do not leave any of it outside! This is grizzly country!

Note: Please leave the place like you found it, so we can maintain our low rates.
If the cabin requires cleaning after use or any trash needs to be removed we will share you for the service.

Thank you for your cooperation!

 


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Tipis

For a little more plush camping we have a tipi available that sports a double bed but still has a dirt floor and lets you experience all the night sounds. A small fire is possible if we’re not in the middle of a forest fire season. Only available in July and August.

Klondike Kate’s Koffee House

Then, there is Klondike Kate’s Koffe House, not named for the building but for a business that John used to have up in Alaska in the old days. We used to call it the “mod” for modern since it is a frame structure that used to be towed around logging sites.

Klondike Kate’s has a queen bed and a full size futon couch to make you comfortable, a table with two chairs and a propane stove for heat makes it a little less challenging for some of you.

activities

No matter what your activity, bring your camera and binoculars. Wildlife is plentiful here. You might see deer, moose, elk, mountain lions, wolves, eagles or bears from the hostel windows. Only wolverines have not been seen from the hostel windows yet.
Hike or backpack along Glacier’s Continental Divide or the forested trails of the Whitefish Range.
Ski Logan Pass in late June when Going-To-The-Sun Road opens. (Cross-country skis and boots may be rented at the hostel.
Bicycle up from West Glacier on the inside park road to the hostel, then explore Polebridge and the surrounding area.
Fish or swim the federally designated wild and scenic North Fork of the Flathead River or beautiful Kintla and Bowman Lakes.
Help with trail maintenance, go on a hike or attend one of the other activities sponsored by the North Fork Preservation Association.

private rooms upstairs

Upstairs we have two private rooms, the couple’s and the family room. The names are alrea

dy a hint, but the couple’s room is actually a rather tiny room with a double bed and a small dresser, just enough to get some good night’s rest, but because it’s conveniently located upstairs, especially handy in the winter time ( you don’t have to worry about staying warm) it makes up for it.

The family room is the best room upstairs, it has a queen size bed and three twin dorm beds and a small table, which means plenty of room for a couple or a small family, The same is true here for the winter time, no worries about the heat.

The outhouses

¡Outhouses!:
No plastic or hygiene products in pit please, they belong in trash. Human waste only
Keep lid closed!
And: It is OK to pee in the woods! Birds do it, bears do it, moose do it, why not you?
Also: Remember: Changing toilet paper rolls does not cause brain damage!

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