Succor, solace and gratitude in a CDT Gateway Community


The young woman and her fiancé launched their northbound trek of the Continental Divide Trail apparently wed to the hope of a happy future. But he soon chafed at his merely beloved’s slower pace and eventually abandoned her.

It seems beauty and heartache sometimes walk hand-in-hand on the nation’s most notable through-hike trails: the Continental Divide Trail, the Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail.

Yet trekkers on the Continental Divide Trail who passed through Anaconda-Deer Lodge County in recent years more often expressed awe, wonder and gratitude. Many shared their appreciation with hand-written notes in the guest book at the Anaconda Trail Society’s hiker hut at Washoe Park. Most entries were signed with trail names.

Some were NoBo (northbound). Some were SoBo.

Roughly 65 miles of the Continental Divide Trail travels through the Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness. Through-hikers sometimes leave the trail for rest and relaxation in Anaconda. 

Duncan Adams, The Montana Standard

About 65 miles of the path traverse the backbone of the Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness, which offers solitude, snow-capped scenery, abundant wildlife, cirques, chutes and tarns.

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