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 crazy, littered with deadfall and huge hike-a-bikes. While 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 off Kenney Creek Road is one way. Heading to start points along the upper Big Hole River for loops is another...Miner Lakes, Slag-a-Melt, Skinner Meadows, Reservoir Lake CG etc.
Scroll down below the overview map for smaller maps of specific rides seen there, and more CDT Resources.
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)
- 2017 Chris Shalbot, Scott Rinckenberger and Justin Olsen did an 11 day trip from Schultz Saddle south to Elk Mountain and Hawley Creek.
- 2015 Dylan Kentsch rode S to N, avoiding our Ida/Mont section, but here is his rather frank Trip Report.
- 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 above the maps links to that specific area on the TrailForks website. This page updated Mar 2018; Added FunSuffer trip details.