Southwest Montana Walks

Photo by Jim Chapman
Southwest Montana


Saturday, June 30

Sawtooth Lake *hike is full*

Location: Wise River
Miles/Difficulty: 6 miles/Moderate
Leaders: Callie Boyle and Matt Moore

This is a family-friendly hike up to a mountain lake in the East Pioneers. Hike through pine and fir, along an established trail. Along the way, we should see plenty of wildflowers. We can also explore the wreckage of an old airplane crash on the lake's far side.

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Saturday, July 14

Grayling and Lion Lakes *hike is full*

Location: Melrose
Miles/Difficulty: 10 miles/Strenuous
Leaders: Suzanne Stilwell and Jim Stilwell

From the Canyon Creek Campground, we will venture up a creek-grade trail with spectacular mountain peak views, abundant wildflowers and occasional wildlife.

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Saturday, July 14

Mount Haggin *hike is full*

Location: Anaconda
Miles/Difficulty: 10 miles/Experts Only
Leaders: Mark Phillip and David Williams

A loop hike through forest, alpine, and talus, you'll summit Mt Haggin (10,600 ft), ridge walk and drop past mountain lakes.  Great flowers, geology and expansive views.  Exhausting with reward.

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Friday, July 20

Warren Pass Loop *hike is full*

Location: Anaconda
Miles/Difficulty: 10 miles/Strenuous
Leaders: Fran Galvin and Bill Clark

This is an enjoyable loop hike in the Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness that offers superb scenery. The hike follows Carpp Creek upstream, through Maloney Basin and Black Bear Meadows, to the base of Mount Warren. The descent winds through Upper and Lower Carpp Lakes.




Saturday, July 21

Wildlife Ecology

Location: Joiner Gulch
Miles/Difficulty: 3 miles/Easy
Leaders: Rick Douglass and Callie Boyle

This short and easy walk provides a great opportunity to observe the ecology of beaver and other wildlife in an area that's stunningly recovering from environmental degradation.

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Sunday, July 22

Mount Powell *hike is full*

Location: Deer Lodge
Miles/Difficulty: 11 miles/Extremely Strenuous
Leaders: Sherry Vogel and Irene Fries

Near Bohn Lake, a short section climbs through trees and opens to a steep rocky slope. We will continue along an open ridge with easy hiking to a final steep ascent to the top of Mt Powell.

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Saturday, August 11

Barker Lakes *hike is full*

Location: Anaconda
Miles/Difficulty: 6.5 miles/Moderate
Leaders: Lori Stiffler and Ginette Abdo

The trail to Lower Barker Lake follows open land along Barker Creek. Those interested can reach Upper Barker Lake after an extra rocky scramble.

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Saturday, August 18 - Sunday, August 19

Upper Carpp Lake - Overnight *hike is full*

Location: Anaconda
Miles/Difficulty: 13 miles/Extremely Strenuous
Leaders: Karen Williams and David Williams

This is an overnight backpack to an alpine lake below Warren Peak.

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Sunday, August 26

West Pioneers *hike is full*

Location: Dillon
Miles/Difficulty: 9 miles/Moderately Strenuous
Leaders: O. Alan Weltzien and Neal Straus

Walk through the woods to the small Schwinger Lake. There is the possibility for a side trip to Lake of the Woods or up onto Odell Mountain, on the crest of the wooded West Pioneers.

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Sunday, August 26

Tent and Twin Lakes *hike is full*

Location: Dillon
Miles/Difficulty: 5 miles/Moderate
Leaders: Charlie O'Leary and Callie Boyle

The upper cirque has great scenery of nearby peaks and the Twin Lakes. Our return hike may be cross country down the creek in search of some nice waterfalls situated just above Tent Lake. Most of this area is within the Torrey Mountain Recommended Wilderness (72,530 acres) that can be found in the most recent Beaverhead-Deerlodge forest plan.

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