The Continental Divide National Scenic Trail


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The Continental Divide National Scenic Trail (CDNST) was established by Congress under the National Trails System Act of 1968. The trail will extend 3,100 miles, in its entirety, from Canada to Mexico. This northernmost portion follows the backbone of the Rocky Mountains for 795 miles through Montana and Idaho. It passes through some of our nations most spectacular scenery-Glacier National Park, ten national forests with wildernesses such as the Bob Marshall and Anaconda Pintler, several Bureau of Land Management Resource Areas, State lands and short segments of private lands.

This segment begins at the United States/Canada border between Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks, following a route near the divide and through the Blackfeet Indian Reservation to Marias Pass. Southward the trail passes through the Bob Marshall and Scapegoat Wildernesses, skirting the Chinese Wall. After crossing Rogers and MacDonald Passes, it continues through historic mining districts and ghost towns. West of Anaconda the trail traverses the length of the Anaconda Pintler Wilderness, reaching the Montana-Idaho border near Lost Trail Pass on the 1805 route of Lewis and Clark.

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