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

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Volunteer on a CDT Montana Trail Project

VOLUNTEER: Thank you for a great 2015! We are preparing for 2016 now....

Thanks to YOU, 2015 was CDT Montana's best season yet. We're thrilled to carry our momentum from this year to the next. We'll be returning to all our favorite places in 2016 - Anaconda Pintler Wilderness, Glacier, The Bob, Yellowstone- to maintain the nation's greatest mountian trail. Check back here in March 2016 to see our full project lineup and register for a trip. Happy Trails!

2016 CDT Montana Projects (coming soon...posted in March)

Project Name Dates Location Difficulty* Space
CDT #2 - Straight Creek 2015  Scapegoat Wilderness Strenuous* FULL
CDT #3 - Granite Butte
New Trail
2015 Helena NF Moderate-Strenuous* FULL*
CDT #4 - Benchmark 2015 Rocky Mtn Front Easy-Moderate FULL 
CDT #5 - Bowl Creek 2015 Bob Marshall Wilderness Very Strenuous* FULL
CDT #7 - Flesher Pass 2015 Helena NF Strenuous* FULL
CDT #8 - Cutaway Pass 2015 Anaconda Pintler Wilderness Strenuous* FULL
CDT #9 - Targhee Pass 2015 Gallatin NF Strenuous* FULL
CDT #10 - Upper Landers
Fork (Ladies-Only Trip)
2015 Scapegoat Wilderness Strenuous* FULL
CDT #11 - Pintler Trailhead
Sign Installation I
2015 Beaverhead Deerlodge NF Easy - Moderate* FULL
CDT #12 - Two Medicine Lake  2015 Glacier Natl Park Strenuous* FULL
CDT #13 - Summit Lake Trail 2015 Yellowstone NP Strenuous* FULL
CDT #14 - Pintler Trailhead
Sign Installation II
2015 Beaverhead Deerlodge NF Easy - Moderate* FULL
CDT #15 - Hellroaring Ck  2015 Centennial Range, BLM Moderate* FULL
CDT #16 - Welcome Creek 2015 Scapegoat Wilderness Moderate* FULL
CDT #17 - Upper Seymour Lake 2015 Anaconda Pintler Wilderness Strenuous* FULL
Those projects that are "FULL" are at capacity, however, you may still register to be added on the wait list. This will still require the $50 project deposit to reserve your spot on the wait list.  In the event of a cancellation we will call all the people on the wait list and the first to respond and accept the position will be bumped into a confirmed slot. MWA will refund all wait list registrants if you do not make it on a project, however, we will also gladly accept your deposit as a donation to the CDT Montana trail program if you choose, as well. 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. 

Trail Crew Volunteer
Join us in the field to swing a tool, move dirt or build a new structure. CDT Montana projects range from moderate to very strenuous; one day to 10 days; car camping campsites to backcountry living primitive settings. There is something for everyone. 

Give us a call if we can offer more details. We can help you make a decision that is right for you and other volunteers you'll be working with. It's important to pull your weight, but learning and new experiences is what CDT Montana volunteer projects are all about, too! 

Camp Cook
Want to join a field project, but not interested in all the heavy lifting. Then volunteer as a Camp Cook. 

We need Camp Cooks for car camping and backcountry projects. CDT Montana provides the budget, menu suggestions, kitchen gear and hungry volunteers. You help with the food shopping, menu planning and on-site chef skills. Two cooks are often better than one so bring a friend! Call us if you're interested in this position at 406.499.2309. Check out our Camp Cook page as well.

Volunteer Packer 
We are used to working with horse and mule strings, but we're not opposed to llamas, goats or big dogs that can pack our gear into the backcountry. Nearly half of our trail projects are in the backcountry; 4 miles to 18 miles in distance so we are very grateful for our packing friends. In particular, the Back Country Horsemen of Montana (various clubs) have stepped up to help us with pack support over the years. If you're interested in packing - we'd love to chat with you! We schedule most of our packing trips in February-March before summer projects. All packers must have (current) USFS Defensive Horsemenship Training. For more info check out our Packer Page here.


2015 CDT Montana Project Map (locations are approximate)

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