Tub, Boot, Pear, May, and Anchor Lakes

Trail Details

14 Round Trip

Elevation Gain

Difficulty Level

Trailhead Coordinates
45.428070, -112.906358
* Google maps does not give accurate directions – do not rely on them! Reference these coordinates while looking at a road map.

Trail Description

NOTE: This hike follows a double track. If you aren’t a fan of road hiking and being passed by side-by-sides or 4-wheelers, this trail might not be for you.

Tub, Boot, Pear, May, and Anchor Lakes located in the Pioneer Mountains make an excellent full day-hike or backpacking trip. We began hiking the road that goes beyond the Dinner Station Parking lot (don’t hike the trail that leads to Deerhead Lake!). Since it is an old road, it’s very easy to follow. You will hike along the road which follows Birch Creek. At about a mile and a half, the trail gives you a view of a small waterfall. Continue on another half mile and you will cross Birch Creek which does not have a bridge. You will need to ford across the Creek. The water was up to our knees when we hiked it on July 19th. After the crossing, continue up the road. The road gets very steep shortly after the crossing and this is where you gain the most elevation. It’s about a mile and a half of hiking up a very steep and rocky road. The incline will eventually level off and shortly after you will arrive at Boot Lake. Continue on from Boot Lake for another mile and a half to Pear Lake. From Pear, you can either head north to Anchor Lake (~1-mile one-way) or south (~1-mile one-way) to May and Tub Lake. All but Tub Lake appeared to be dammed.