Hidden Montana: Six Lakes Walkabout 

The secret: To find the best of the Anaconda, head off-trail past isolated tarns, over high ridgelines, and around an iconic peak.

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Author: themapeditor
Date: 26 Apr 2013 8:07:09 PM
Source: GPX file
Activity: Backpacking
State: Montana (MT)
Distance: 33.33 mi  (Change units)
Average Speed: 0.6 mph - 1:35:06/mi
Duration: 2d 4:49:40
Survey Elevation: Total Gain: 7489 ft
Total Loss: 7872 ft
Net Change: -383 ft
Difficulty: 5 / 10
USGS Topo Map: USFS Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness
Tags: Discovery Ski, Montana
Rating: Unrated   Rate it


Take four to six days for this 33-mile tour of all the attractions of the Anaconda-Pintler—gorgeous forests, translucent-blue alpine lakes, craggy ridgelines, and quiet trail—on a circumnavigation of 10,463-foot Warren Peak. Track 3.7 miles along Carpp Creek (the second ford can be hazardous pre-August) and follow the trail south, climbing to the broad ponds of Lower Carpp and Carpp Lakes. Turn west onto Trail 111 and traverse to Johnson Lake (mile 12.6), a .3-mile-wide pool surrounded by spiky pines, elk meadows, ridgelines, and fine camping. An out-and-back to Johnson Lake offers a worthy taste of the region’s bear- and moose-crossed scenery, but to take in entire panoramas (at the price of tricky navigation), head back 1 mile past Edith Lake and start the first of 2.7 off-trail miles along the southern edge of the large boulder field. Cross Porter Ridge just north of mapped point 9,005 and head toward Tamarack Lake. Round the north shore and pick a line southeast up class 2 talus, 1,100 vertical feet to the ridge north of Warren Peak. Astride the crest, ogle Warren’s turreted arêtes rising over your right shoulder, then tiptoe down the eastern slope and past a tiny, rockbound tarn. Continue .3 mile to Warren Pass and pick up Trail 111 heading north .3 mile to Upper Carpp Lake, ringed by Dr. Seussian larch that turn gold in autumn. Finish by hiking 9.5 miles past the Carpp Lakes to the trailhead.

TO TRAILHEAD: 46 miles southwest of Anaconda; 46.032351, -113.519164

Position Format: Datum:


Distance: 3.76 mi Points: 1230
Total Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi
Active Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi


Distance: 29.57 mi Points: 1509
Total Time: 2d 4:49:40 Speed: 0.6 mph Pace: 1:47:11 / mi
Active Time: none Speed: 0.6 mph Pace: 1:47:11 / mi

Points of Interest


Location: 46.032351, -113.519164
Trailhead. Hike 3.7 miles along Carpp Creek (Trail 24).


Location: 46.034637, -113.463566
Caution: This stream crossing can be tricky in high water.


Location: 46.017787, -113.451187
Lower Carpp Lake


Location: 46.014945, -113.452955
Junction. Head west onto Trail 111.


Location: 46.016572, -113.473902
Junction. Keep heading south on now-unmaintained Trail 111.


Location: 46.008760, -113.473590
Junction. Stay west on Trail 111.


Location: 45.995124, -113.492833
Rockfield. On Day 2 climb east across it from the southern edge.


Location: 45.990647, -113.493475
Junction Edith Lake Trail/Hi Line Trail.


Location: 45.984304, -113.491646
Cross Edith Creek.


Location: 45.981699, -113.493185
Junction. Stay south.


Location: 45.963063, -113.492218
Magnificently scenic Johnson Lake


Location: 45.957338, -113.490740
Join the Hi Line Trail/CDT


Location: 45.991176, -113.478968
Porter Ridge. Climb down the talus slope toward Tamarack Lake.


Location: 45.957611, -113.488458
Junction Pintler Pass Trail. Continue on the Hi Line/CDT.


Location: 45.994158, -113.475538
Tamarack Lake. Follow the lakeshore south.


Location: 45.990985, -113.470905
Head due east toward the ridge, turning northwest about 200 feet below it and continuing to climb.


Location: 45.993321, -113.454724
Warren Pass. Turn north onto Trail 111.


Location: 45.997155, -113.455440
Upper Carpp Lake (excellent camping). Follow Trail 111 back to the trailhead.


Location: 46.033628, -113.451631
Turn R onto Trail 110 and climb to Upper Carpp Lake.

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