The United States Congress designated the Anaconda Pintler Wilderness (map
) in 1964 and it now has a total of 158,712 acres
All of this wilderness is located in Montana
and is managed by the Forest Service.
The Anaconda Pintler Wilderness straddles the Continental Divide in the Anaconda mountain range of southwest Montana. It encompasses high and rugged peaks, cirques, U-shaped valleys, and glacial moraines. Sparkling lakes and tumbling streams fed by icy water running off the snowfields above timberline enhance the beauty and offer fishing for several species of native and introduced trout and char.
Black bears and an occasional grizzly, moose, elk, mule deer, mountain goat, wolf, and wolverine call this rugged country their home. Elevations range from 5,100 feet to the 10,793 foot West Goat Peak. Sagebrush and willow flats can be found in the lower elevations, gradually rising to forests of pine, fir, and spruce, and eventually to aspen, whitebark pine, and sub-alpine larch. The highest slopes are often bare talus, with vegetation limited to lichens.
A 45 mile section of the 3,100 mile Continental Divide National Scenic Trail traverses the length of this wilderness and provides access to numerous side drainages.