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Maddie's Trails

Little Johnson Lake5.0 miles, 1650 feet

A moderate hike to an unusual lake for the Pintlers, since most lakes are cirques. It's a shallow lake surrounded by meadows and trees.


Start out like you’re going to Phyllis Lake, but take the right hand fork about 3-4 miles from the trailhead.  This fork crosses the creek, then climbs over a small ridge. There’s a pass about 1/2 mile beyond the lake. It’s a good climb, but worth it - the views are spectacular.  If you go over the pass, you drop down into the basin with Kelly, Ripple and Hidden Lakes.

Getting There

From Phillipsburg drive 5 miles south on state highway 1.  Turn right onto highway 38.  Drive about 6 miles, then turn left onto Moose Lake Road.  Drive 15 miles up this good gravel road to the trailhead.  You will pass Moose Lake and Project Vote Smart on the way.  The trailhead has plenty of parking, horse facilities, and an outhouse.

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