CDT Part 4–Big Sky Super Butte Alternate

Here is a GPX file of the Big Sky Super Butte Alternate, in case you need it.  The Trail Creek Fire is still burning, and growing. And, the CDT is closed in that area to avoid the fire. So, I’ll be hiking one of the biggest alternates on the CDT, the Big Sky Super ButteContinue reading “CDT Part 4–Big Sky Super Butte Alternate”

CDT Part 2–Bob Marshall and Scapegoat Wildernesses

Immediately after leaving GNP the CDT begins to feel more wild. Maybe it was all in my head, maybe it really was. This is where I start to really feel like I’m on a thru-hike.  Me, Ninja, and Wayward got a ride to the trailhead from East Glacier Village. We were out at the highwayContinue reading “CDT Part 2–Bob Marshall and Scapegoat Wildernesses”

CDT Part 1–Glacier National Park

Two weeks ago I flew to Glacier Park International Airport in Kalispell, Montana. Now, I’m sitting outside a motel room in Lincoln, Montana. I’m almost 300 miles away from the northernmost terminus of the Continental Divide Trail. But, I didn’t actually start at the northern terminus. It was too busy to start there. And nowContinue reading “CDT Part 1–Glacier National Park”

Getting to the northern terminus of the Continental Divide Trail

I’ve booked a flight to the Kalispell airport. And, I’m not planning how I’m getting to the Chief Mountain border crossing, where I’ll start the CDT. I’ll be figuring everything else out as I go.

Why I’m Hiking the CDT Southbound

The CDT mirrors the PCT in many ways. It’s on the same continent, so why wouldn’t it? The highest mountains are about 800 miles north of the Mexico border. And, the coldest, wettest part of a thru-hike is near the Canadian border, especially in late summer and fall. I’ll skip the cold and wet if I can. So, southbound it is!