Heart of the Pintlers

Butte, Montana

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A strenuous but ultra-scenic backpacking trek through the heart of the AnacondaPintler 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. Start off down Falls Fork Trail 29.The first 5 miles of trail to Johnson Lake gradually ascend through a mature forest with some burned sections between the Edith Lake Trail and the lake. At 3 miles you’ll reach the junction with Hiline Trail toward Edith Lake to your left. Stay on Trail 29. Johnson Lake is, perhaps unfortunately, in a logical place to camp for most routes using this trailhead.

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"A strenuous but ultra-scenic backpacking trek through the heart of the AnacondaPintler 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.

Start off down Falls Fork Trail 29.The first 5 miles of trail to Johnson Lake gradually ascend through a mature forest with some burned sections between the Edith Lake Trail and the lake. At 3 miles you’ll reach the junction with Hiline Trail toward Edith Lake to your left. Stay on Trail 29. Johnson Lake is, perhaps unfortunately, in a logical place to camp for most routes using this trailhead."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Butte
Distance: 23.5
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;

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