Continental Divide Trail

The route of the Continental Divide Trail through the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest.

The Continental Divide National Scenic Trail extends for 3,100 miles, from the Mexican border to the Canadian border, through the states of New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana.

Over four hundred miles of the Continental Divide Trail cross the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, from Raynolds Pass at the south end of the Forest to Bison Mountain at the north end.  The trail passes through the Centennial Mountains (BLM land), Beaverhead Mountains, Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness, Fleecer Mountains, Highland Mountains, circles around Butte, and then heads north through the Boulder Mountains.  The highest point is 9,880 feet near Cottonwood Mountain above Meadow Creek in the Beaverhead Mountains.  The lowest point is 5,700 feet, where the trail passes under Interstate 15 on Highland Road south of Butte.

Here is a simple map of the trail through the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest.  Our three Forest Maps show the route in detail.

Here is a General Overview of the trail through Montana and Idaho.

More information on the whole trail, from Mexico to Canada, is available from the Continental Divide Trail Coalition.

Trail Segments

The Continental Divide National Scenic Trail runs through all seven of our ranger districts. We'll post information about the trail in other districts as it becomes available.

Butte Area - #87, Homestake/Pipestone

Madison Ranger District Section

Wise River Ranger District Section, Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness

2013 On the Divide - New Continental Divide National Scenic Trail Segments on the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest