The Pintler Loop

Phillipsburg, Montana

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A scenic circuit through the heart of the Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness. The Anaconda-Pintler is one of Montana’s smaller wilderness areas but also one of the most spectacular. This route makes a convenient circuit through the center of this fairly accessible wild area. It’s a great place for hikers from Butte, Missoula, or Helena to spend a three-day weekend.
Hiking Montana

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Hiking Montana

by Bill Schneider & Russ Schneider (Falcon Guides)

A scenic circuit through the heart of the Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness. The Anaconda-Pintler is one of Montana’s smaller wilderness areas but also one of the most spectacular. This route makes a convenient circuit through the center of this fairly accessible wild area. It’s a great place for hikers from Butte, Missoula, or Helena to spend a three-day weekend.

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Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Phillipsburg
Distance: 23.5
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: Extended backpack trip
Trailhead Elevation: 6,500 feet
Top Elevation: 8,700 feet
Local Contacts: Beaverhead - Deerlodge National Forest, Pintler Ranger District (Philipsburg office)
Local Maps: USGS Capp Ridge, Moose Lake, Kelly Lake, Warren Peak; Beaverhead - Deerlodge National Forest; Anaconda - Pintler Wilderness Map
Driving Directions: Directions to The Pintler Loop

Recent Trail Reviews

8/20/2010
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This is a beautiful hike, taking you through the heart of the Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness. I camped at Edith, Oreomnus and Kelly lakes. Had the first two all to myself. Lots more people and horsemen on the western leg. Skeeters were bad at Oreomnus and Kelly lakes. Some signs are missing and some are downright wrong. It can be confusing, so take your map and do your research. When you reach the top of Pintler pass, you can see a trail leading to the east and one to the west. THESE ARE NOT THE TRAILS!!! From the sign, go about 20 yards east, then turn right (south.) The trails is faint at first, but becomes evident as you drop over the south side of the pass. I should have built some cairns, but I was too tired and frustrated after trying the other two trails. The trail will take you down into Pintler Creek, or you can take a right for Oreomnus Lake. There is a great spot to camp at Pintler Creek.



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