Overview"Huff-Puff" is not a well-known mountain. It is actually a foothill of the Pintler/Anaconda Wilderness. What is special about it, is that the summit has an unimpeded view of the beautiful snow-covered peaks of the nearby Pintler range. In fact, from the summit of "Huff-Puff", the mountains look so close, you could almost touch them!
It is called "Huff-Puff" by former interns at a local organization, because It is very steep at certain sections on the trail. The hike is about 2 miles from the trailhead, and about 1,700 feet up. The hike is in the woods, but the top is a green, flower-covered meadow with 180 degree views.
The view from the top is GRAND!
Getting ThereYou can reach the trail by traveling down I-90 toward Missoula until you hit Route 1. Then take Route 1 to rt-38(AKA-skalkaho pass) Take rt-38 for 9 miles until you get to Moose Lake Road. Take a left on Moose Lake Road, (a dirt road) and drive 12 miles to the base of the mountain. You need to find a place to park, which you can find within a mile of the trailhead. There are several parking areas along the side of the road.
The trail begins right before you reach a private street. Driving towards the mountains on Moose Lake Road, the street is on the left. You walk a few yards, and then hang a left and go up a steep, steep trail. It leads you to the summit.
Red TapeThis is a good warm up hike for the Pintlers. It is a great place to get some killer photos as well. In the summer all you need is some good hiking shoes. It is hard to get to at other times of the year. It might be icy, and at other times and require some mountain gear.
When To ClimbClimb in the summer when Moose Lake Road is open and functional.
CampingDo not camp on Huff-Puff. Camp in the surrounding wilderness areas.
Moose Lake road is frequently traveled, so road conditions are at least made tolerable for inhabitants of the area. Camping is permitted throughout the wilderness area, although regulations from time to time may limit camping around popular day hiking destinations. Additional camping is found at several designated campgrounds on the east and west sides of the mountains. Abundant informal campsites also exist all around the wilderness area. More information on camping