A high lake in the heart of the Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness. This spot may not be a secret, but it is still special, especially to those who share its natural gifts. Rainbow Lake, since it was first published in Hiking Montana, has increasingly been a popular destination of local hikers and vacationers. Be especially careful to maintain a zero-impact ethic when visiting this lake (and Johnson Lake). Years of use have trampled vegetation and reduced wood supply, so use a stove instead of a campfire to cook. The snow usually clings to Rainbow Pass until at least late June, so mid-July or later is best for this hike. There’s plenty of water along the trail except for the stretch between Johnson and Rainbow Lakes.
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Trail Statistics & Information
|Elevation Gain||2,500 ft|
|Skill Level||very difficult|
|Duration||Moderate backpack or long day hike|
|Season||July through September|
|Trailhead Elevation||6,500 ft|
|Top Elevation||9,000 ft|
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