• Views from the Continental Divide Trail on the Montana and Idaho border near Monida Pass. Photo by Meg Killen

Stewarding the CDT

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Photo by Meg Killen

CDT Montana

Volunteer Trail Stewardship Program

Click on the arrow in the photo above to watch short feature clip about CDT Montana.

COLLABORATION: The Trail Unites Us

In 1978, the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail was designated to provide for high quality, scenic, primitive hiking, horseback riding, and non-motorized recreational experiences, and to conserve natural, historical and cultural resources along the divide. Snaking 3,100 miles from Canada to Mexico, the CDNST is only 78% complete. The largest unfinished section is the Montana and Idaho section at only 58% complete!

With dedicated volunteers and agency partners, Montana Wilderness Association is working to complete the CDNST, and we need YOUR help to get the job done. Please check out the volunteer opportunities we have each summer or make a contribution to support our volunteers in the field. Together we can complete the CDT! 

2016 REGISTRATION OPEN: Check out our summer lineup

General registration is now open for projects! Here's your chance to join up for an exciting summer adventure on the Continental Divide Trail - check out the projects by clicking the links in the table below:

2016 CDT Montana Projects 

                                                                          OPEN REGISTRATION 

Project Name Dates Location Difficulty* Space
CDT #1 - MYCA 2016  Beaverhead-Deerlodge Strenuous* PRVT
CDT #2 - Granite Butte June 12-17 Garnett Range, Lincoln RD Moderate-Strenuous* 8
CDT #3 - Welcome Creek June 18-25 Scapegoat Wilderness Moderate Waitlist
CDT #4 - Salmon New Trail I June 19-24 Lemhi Pass, BLM Strenuous* 6
CDT #5 - Salmon New Trail II June 26-July 1 Lemhi Pass, BLM Strenuous* 8
CDT #6 - Page Lake July 8-16 Anaconda Pintler Wilderness Strenuous* 8
CDT #7 - Montana Academy 2016 Helena-Lewis and Clark Strenuous* PRVT
CDT #8 - Lion Lake July 15-23 Big Hole/AP Wilderness Strenuous* 3
CDT #9 - Flower Lake July 29-Aug 6 Anaconda Pintler Wilderness Strenuous* 2
CDT #10 - Blair Lake  July 29-Aug 6 Centennial Range, BLM Strenuous* 4
CDT #11 - Ladies Trip Aug 12-20 Anaconda Pintler Wilderness Strenuous* 1
CDT #12 - Big Hole Aug 13-20 Big Hole/AP Wilderness Strenuous* 9
CDT #13 - Fifty Mountain Trail Aug 16-26 Glacier National Park Very Strenuous* FULL
CDT #14 - Shoshone Lake Aug 27-Sept 2 Yellowstone National Park Moderate* FULL
CDT #15 - Elbow Mountain Sept 2-10 Badger Two Medicine Very Strenuous* Waitlist
Those projects listed as "Waitlist" are at capacity, but you can still register and be added to the wait list. You'll still have to provide a refundable project deposit. In the event of a cancellation, we will begin calling everyone on the wait list. The first to respond and accept the position will be added to the confirmed list. MWA will refund your project deposit if you aren't added to the confirmed list. We will also gladly accept deposits as donations to the CDT Montana trail program. At this point, for projects listed as "FULL", we are no longer accepting applications, as our waitlist is also quite full. Thank you. 
*Please, please, please select a project that is aligned with your physical abilty and be sure to read our online FAQs section (frequently asked questions). Keep in mind that you'll be working full days in the field (not something most folks do each day) and endurance for the duration of the project is very important. You should be prepared for the level of project you selected to ensure your safety and the safety of the entire crew. All volunteer registrations will be reviewed in detail with special attention to "strenuous" and "very strenuous" difficutly levels. If necessary, CDT Montana staff reserve the right to kindly recommend an alternative project bettered suited for your experience and physical abilty. Thank you in advance for your understanding. 

Volunteer on the CDT

From 8 to 80 years old - we work with all kinds of volunteers throughout Montana and Idaho on the CDT. Volunteer with us this summer! 

Support CDT Montana

Donate and shop to keep the CDT momentum going.

CDT Montana Photos

If a picture is worth a thousand words then you'll have lots to talk about after you check out CDT Montana volunteers in action. 

CDT Trail Partners

Help us thank our partner groups, local community clubs and agency partners like the USFS, BLM and NPS.

CDT Montana Project FAQs

What should I pack? Where are we meeting? What about grizzly bears? Can I bring my dog? Check out the project FAQs for answers. 

CDT Gear Lists: Car-Camping & Backcountry

Car-Camping vs Backcountry

About the CDT

Learn some history and background about the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem and national scenic trails. Get your learn on! 

CDT Artist in Residence Program

ARTside on the Divide is a new Artist in Residence Program launched in 2014 in partnership with the Montana Wilderness Association and…