The Pintler Loop

Phillipsburg, Montana 59868

The Pintler Loop

The Pintler Loop Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"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."

The Pintler Loop Trip Reports

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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.

The Pintler Loop Photos

Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
Extended backpack trip
6,500 feet
Trailhead Elevation
8,700 feet
Top Elevation
Beaverhead - Deerlodge National Forest, Pintler Ranger District (Philipsburg office)
Local Contacts
USGS Capp Ridge, Moose Lake, Kelly Lake, Warren Peak; Beaverhead - Deerlodge National Forest; Anaconda - Pintler Wilderness Map
Local Maps

Trail Log