Tamarack Lake

Butte, Montana

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A moderate backpacking trek into the Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness. This spot may not be a secret, but it is still special, especially to those who share its natural gifts. Rainbow Lake, since it was first published in Hiking Montana, has increasingly been a popular destination of local hikers and vacationers. Be especially careful to maintain a zero-impact ethic when visiting this lake (and Johnson Lake). Years of use have trampled vegetation and reduced wood supply, so use a stove instead of a campfire to cook.The snow usually clings to Rainbow Pass until at least late June, so mid-July or later is best for this hike.
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by Bill Schneider & Russ Schneider (Falcon Guides)

A moderate backpacking trek into the Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness. This spot may not be a secret, but it is still special, especially to those who share its natural gifts. Rainbow Lake, since it was first published in Hiking Montana, has increasingly been a popular destination of local hikers and vacationers.

Be especially careful to maintain a zero-impact ethic when visiting this lake (and Johnson Lake). Years of use have trampled vegetation and reduced wood supply, so use a stove
instead of a campfire to cook.The snow usually clings to Rainbow Pass until at least late June, so mid-July or later is best for this hike.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Butte
Distance: 22.5
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 2
Season: July through September
Local Contacts: Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Carpp Ridge, Moose Lake, Kelly Lake, and Warren Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Tamarack Lake

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