Put simply, Trapper Peak Ranch is a postcard ranch. Looming above the ranch, the mountain for which the ranch is named dominates the skyline to the west and monopolizes the optical senses. Set atop a bench of irrigated meadows, the improvements are substantial and beyond reproach. There is enough “elbow room” to lodge and entertain extended family and friends without feeling any sense of intrusion. The main home was recently constructed of log and is crafted with the utmost quality and style in mind. The floor plan is open, airy and positioned to maximize the view of Trapper. The old farmhouse has been completely renovated in recent years and updated without losing its original charm. Other improvements include a luxury bunkhouse, barns, shop and swimming pool. The location is as private as it gets in the Bitterroot Valley without any sacrifice of convenient access. If there were such a thing as royalty in the Rocky Mountains, Trapper Peak Ranch, with all that it offers, would be their estate.
Trapper Peak Ranch is located three miles south of Darby, Montana off U.S. Highway 93. Darby is approximately 65 miles south of Missoula, Montana. Delta (including the former Northwest Airlines) and United Airlines serve the Missoula International Airport from their respective hubs in Salt Lake City/Minneapolis and Denver with several arrivals and departures each day. Missoula is also serviced by Horizon Air, a subsidiary of Alaska Airlines, providing nonstop service to Seattle. Allegiant Air offers direct flights to/from Los Angeles, Phoenix and Las Vegas. Also, Ravalli County Airport in Hamilton, the county seat, has a 4,200-foot runway open to general aviation just 20 miles north of the ranch.
Trapper Peak Ranch lies at the foot of one of the most spectacular mountain ranges in the west and is highlighted by an unrestricted view of Trapper Peak, the highest mountain in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. The property adjoins the Bitterroot National Forest along the western boundary, and a portion of the northern and southern boundaries. The 1.3 million-acre Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness boundary begins three and one-half miles west of the ranch border. The Bitterroot Valley is recognized as having one of the mildest climates in the state of Montana. The valley is formed between the Sapphire Mountains to the east and Bitterroots to the west. The Bitterroot River flows to the north to join the Clark Fork River near Missoula. The ranch’s location provides access to an unbelievable variety of recreational activities. Within an hour drive one can be in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, the Big Hole Valley, the Main Fork of the Salmon River, Anaconda-Pintlar Wilderness and many other desirable areas. Primary industry in this particular area is in the process of evolving from an historic extractive resource-base economy to one of tourism, high tech, and an increasing number of “well-to-do” retirees who enjoy the high quality of life this valley has to offer. Missoula is home to the University of Montana with an undergraduate student body of over 10,000 students. The ranch is 22 miles north of the Lost Trail Ski Area, which has, in recent years, has undergone a massive expansion of their facilities.
The Trapper Peak Ranch is located far enough south in the Bitterroot Valley to escape the traffic and development associated with corridor between Hamilton and Missoula. It is situated on a series of benches on the west side of the valley. One accesses the ranch from Route 93 and travels westerly up a narrow canyon. One hits the ranch boundary well before the road “tops out” overlooking a long bench with the ranch compound in the immediate foreground. The ranch meadows rise beyond the buildings to the timbered mountain face on the west end of the ranch. Essentially all one sees is Trapper Peak Ranch and the Forest Service lands beyond. No one in the valley has a better view of one of Montana’s highest and most spectacular peaks. The ranch’s meadows are demarcated by rows and, in some cases, entire groves of aspen and pine trees. The view is entirely dominated by Trapper Peak, which literally towers over the property.
Approximately 30% of the land is timbered and the balance is open lands and irrigated meadows.
The ranch has one of the most complete set of improvements that could be contemplated on a ranch. The landscaping is every bit as well thought out as the design of the improvements.
Owner’s Home: Constructed in 2007 from large logs with a rich patina that usually comes only with age, this home is well suited to those who have a deep appreciation for the best in rustic elegance in architecture. The floor plan (4,800± square feet on the main floor) includes one large master bedroom suite located just off a great room with high ceilings that accommodate large windows facing towards the mountain that is the ranch’s eponym. The great room and the master bedroom each have their own magnificent stone fireplace. The basement has 1,287 square feet with a wine cellar and tasting area. A sitting area (208 square feet) atop a balcony overlooking the great room makes for a comfortable retreat into a novel. From this area, a spiral staircase ascends to a “crow’s-nest” room suitable for morning coffee or a private happy hour. A dumb waiter serves every floor from a gourmet kitchen with a copper range hood and quality appliances. When combined with all the other sleeping accommodations on the ranch the home is designed to allow for entertaining large groups of people without having guests under foot when it is time to retreat at the end of the evening. All utilities and electronics are state-of-the-art. An outdoor covered stone patio with another huge fireplace is the perfect place for a fire on a summer morning or a fall evening.
Farm House: This traditional New England-style farmhouse was originally constructed in 1982 by one of the most respected builders in Sun Valley, Idaho. The home was entirely renovated in 2007 and has three bedrooms and three and one-half baths. The living room is warm and cozy with a brick fireplace serving as the room’s centerpiece. The kitchen has Viking appliances and granite countertops. A porch wraps around two sides of the home providing a relaxing place for rocking chairs. There is a freestanding two-car garage adjacent to the house.
Managers Home: A well-maintained three- bedroom, two-bath frame house that has been completely remodeled.
Bunk House: This building at one time served as a dairy barn many years ago. It has been remodeled into large guest quarters capable of housing two or three families and is fully self-contained with its own kitchen.
Draft Horse Barn: This classic structure is in great shape and has two cupolas.
Horse Barn: High quality, ten-stall structure with auto-waterers, turnouts, and enclosed tack room.
Swimming Pool with Hot Tub: The vinyl lined swimming pool and hot tub were built in 2008 are located in the center of the compound.
Dining Pavilion: The dining pavilion is sited between the main home and the farmhouse near the pool. A long table with a framed view of Trapper Peak makes dining a stylish affair. There is an adjacent outdoor grilling area.
Fishing Cabin: A historic log ranch building that has been remodeled is situated on the east end of the fishing pond.
Shop: Excellent storage and work area, 40” X 80”, extensive concrete floor area, heated and insulated.
Log Cabin: This building is far removed from the main compound and was recently re-built. It is a perfect place for an overnight camping trip in a more remote area of the ranch.
Working Ranch Improvements: Hay barns, calving sheds, horse shelters, extensive working corrals, and horse-training arenas are all in excellent condition.
The ranch elevation varies from 4,060’ to 4,690’ above sea level, with an average annual precipitation of approximately 18 inches. The Bitterroot Valley is known to be the most desirable climate in Montana.
The ranch has a carrying capacity of approximately 200 animal units. Current ownership is using most of the ranch for hay production. The ranch lends itself well to a combination of summer pasture cattle and growing hay for sale.
Trapper Peak Ranch is fortunate to have exceptional water rights, a complete list of which is available upon request from the listing broker. The primary source of water is Chaffin Creek. Water is diverted in three locations on the creek and flows onto the deeded property through a series of ditches and pipelines. Once on the ranch the water is fed to underground main lines providing gravity flow irrigation throughout the ranch. The ranch owns a water storage right that provides ""late release"" water in August. This water originates in Tamarack Lake, which is located within the wilderness area and is considered to be a valuable asset. The entire irrigation system is unique in that it does not employ any source of power to operate.
Moose, elk, mule and whitetail deer frequent the ranch. The ranch is contiguous to a huge block of U.S. Forest Service lands that connect to the largest federally designated wilderness areas in the continental United States.
A large variety of recreational opportunities exist on and off-ranch including horseback riding, fishing, mountain biking, hiking, hunting and overnight camping trips.
In 1988 the area that contains Trapper Peak Ranch was homesteaded by Charles and Eugene Hart. In the 1890s, Timothy hay grown on the ranch was shipped by rail to Kentucky for thoroughbred race horses that ran in the Kentucky Derby. In 1902 Marcus Daly of the Anaconda Mining company authorized a survey of the ranch property. On July 1, 1905, the first deed was recorded on the property from the Hart brothers to the Anaconda Mining company. A scenic easement was placed on the ranch in 1979 to ensure that the environmental integrity of the property would be preserved in perpetuity.
Property taxes are estimated at $25,351 annually.
Trapper Peak Ranch is fortunate to have good water rights, a complete list of which is available upon request. The primary source of water is Chaffin Creek. Water is diverted in three locations on the creek and flows onto the deeded property through a series of ditches and pipelines. Once on the ranch, the water is fed to underground main lines providing gravity flow irrigation throughout the meadows.
Trapper Peak Ranch is one of the most historic and scenic ranches in western Montana. The human eye is shocked by and almost unable to interpret or believe the view of Trapper Peak from the ranch. This ranch is ready to enjoy immediately in innumerable ways.
Cash at closing.
A conservation easement was placed on the ranch in 1979 to ensure that the environmental integrity of the property would be preserved in perpetuity. A copy of the easement is available upon request.
MANAGEMENT SERVICES – Hall and Hall’s Management Division has a very clear mission – To represent the owner and to ensure that his or her experience is a positive one. Services are customized to suit the owner’s needs. They often begin with the recruiting and hiring of a suitable ranch manager or caretaker and are followed by the development of a management or operating plan along with appropriate budgets. Ongoing services include bill paying, ranch oversight, and consulting services as needed. Even the most sophisticated and experienced ranch owners appreciate the value of a management firm representing them and providing advice on local area practices and costs. Wes Oja and Jerome Chvilicek at (406) 656-7500 or Randy Clavel at (308) 534-9000 are available to describe and discuss these services in detail and welcome your call.
RESOURCE ENHANCEMENT SERVICES – Increasingly the value of a ranch is measured by the quality of each and every one of its resources. Coincidentally the enhancement of a ranch’s resources also increases the pleasure that one derives from the ownership of a ranch. Our management services have included the assessment of everything from wildlife habitat to bird habitat to water resources and fisheries and the subsequent oversight of the process involved with the enhancement of these resources. Wes Oja or Jerome Chvilicek at (406) 656-7500 are available to describe and discuss these services in detail and welcome your call.
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