3 day trip into the Anaconda-Pintlers
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Mike M
(mtwarden) - MLife

Locale: Montana
3 day trip into the Anaconda-Pintlers on 08/27/2011 08:53:15 MDT Print View

My wife and I squeezed in a short trip into the Pintlers, an area we've always wanted to hike but just never got around to doing it. We both agreed we'd be back in for a longer trip next summer :)

We made a loop starting at the Middle Fork of Rock Ck trailhead, headed up the Middle Fork- hooking into a few trails including a potion of the CDT and then out the Falls Fork of Rock Ck back to the same trailhead

The area is dotted with several alpine lakes (most occupied by trout :))

Little Johnson Lake (the lupines were out in full force, as well as a whole host of other wildflowers)

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@ Bitterroot Pass

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looking down onto Kelly Lake

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camp at Ripple Lake

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I was expecting "typical" small mountain lake trout (8-10"), but got totally surprised w/ this fish- cutthroat-rainbow cross that was in the 4 # range! With very light tackle (2# test), I had a long 20 minute fight and surprised myself and actually landed it. The trout was too big for the grill so he went back in to grow some more.

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this one wasn't too big however for my "1 oz grill"

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there was a large burn in the area in 2000 that took large chunks of real estate

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trail into Hidden Lake- amazing wildflowers!

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Hidden Lake

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views from the CDT

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this sign got a scorching

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Elk Park (aptly named as we saw 15-20 head)

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the nights were cool and the mornings crisp

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Pintler Pass

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while resting at the pass we met "Handle Bar" who was on his way to finishing the CDT, was great visiting with him as we want to give the CDT a go sometime

Johnson Lake

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down the Falls Fork which is aptly named as well



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I've already penciled in a longer loop east of where we were hiking for next year :)

Edited by mtwarden on 01/06/2012 07:57:26 MST.

todd harper
(funnymoney) - MLife

Locale: Sunshine State
Re: 3 day trip into the Anaconda-Pintlers on 08/27/2011 15:18:27 MDT Print View

Wow Mike!!!!

You did a heckuva job landing that trout! I'm impressed w/your patience on 2lb test. You really had a to baby that one.

Great pics - I'm jealous every time I see people in long sleeves this time of year :(
I'm still sweating outdoors at any time of day!

Thanks for sharing, and I'm glad you and your wife do this together.

Todd

Gabe P
(Gabe) - MLife
Pintlers on 01/06/2012 07:35:10 MST Print View

I love that area! thanks