3100 mile Continental Divide Trail is accessible from several places near Salmon as seen on the map below.
Some great loops, shuttles, or overnighters.
Some of these rides can be big and not for the faint of heart, others are your "normal" 20 mile MtB outings.
Be prepared for anything from weather to wildlife and all the "W"s in between.
The Montana portion between Carmen Creek and Goldstone Pass has much new trail construction in recent years, but is tough to access from Salmon. Looping from the Pattee Access is one way. Heading to start points along the upper Big Hole River for loops is another...Skinner Meadow, Reservoir Lake etc.
Scroll down below the overview map for some specific rides and more CDT Resources.
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Some CDT Resources
- A great Guidebook: Montana and Idaho's Continental Divide Trail. By Lynna Howard. $20-$30. Purchased mine from the Big Hole Battlefield near Jackson, MT.
- A Compact Disc w/ Topos of the Trail Sections. Maps show the main CD Trail and alternate routes for the entire trail from Canada to Mexico. Each section is printable on a 8.5x11. These maps are invaluable.
- ArcGIS Online Maps (accurate and current as of Jan. 2012)
- Salmon's northern section (Gibbons Pass to Carmen Creek)
- Salmon's southern section (Goldstone Pass to Deadman Pass)
- 2014 Scott Morris and Eszter Horanyi rode all the CDT open to bikes they could, routing around "W"ilderness and National Park.
- In 2008 Mike Curiak and Scott Morris completed a 6 day CDT trip from Lima, MT to Lost Trail Pass...their accounts below will give you a pretty good idea of what you are in for on the Beaverhead CDT...w/ great photos too.
Maps of some CDT Loops and Shuttles near Salmon
Listed here North to South. This is, by no means, a complete list. Check back for additions. The TrailForks logo in the map links to that area on the TrailForks website.
This page updated Apr 2017; Main map