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Upper Carpp Lake in Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness (Steve Howe)
Turquoise Lake (Jeremie Hollman)
Photo by Doug Roane
Snowmelt from Black Mountain feeds Pine Creek (Doug Roane)
East Pintler Peak reflects into Johnson Lake (Steve Howe)
Timberline park lands on approach to Homer Youngs (Steve Howe)
Heart Lake and Homer Youngs Peak
The secret: Idyllic elk meadows and an imposing summit lie just a few miles from a little-used trail.
Ajax Lake and Ajax Peak
The secret: A long dirt-road approach to the trailhead dissuades most hikers from attempting this magnificent summit, but they don’t know about the five-star car camping en route.
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.
The secret: Hike to the shore of a half-mile long lake for mountain vistas and gold-medal cutthroat fishing.
Rocky Mountain and Old Baldy
The secret: Discover a wide-open view over the vast Bob Marshall Wilderness from this solitary summit.
Northern Cabinets Thru-Hike
The secret: Explore a new route across one of America’s most beautiful-and overlooked-ranges.
The secret: Pick a sneak route up the region’s tallest summit.
Pine Creek Lake and Black Mountain
The secret: Keep climbing when others turn back to reach the lake-filled foreground-or the top-of this steep, dark-mountain castle.