[Cdt-l] Anaconda Cutoff vs. CDT around Butte

Chris Willett CWillett at pierce.ctc.edu
Mon Jul 6 10:40:22 CDT 2009

I just got done with the cutoff (in Anaconda now) and while there is plenty of road walking, there is no private property to cross. All the roads are public, but most of the land around them are private. So, once you get down about 4 miles or so from Four Corners, you'll have to go all the way to the Clark Fork to camp (nasty, buggy, but public) or all the way to Anaconda, which is what I did.


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Subject: [Cdt-l] Anaconda Cutoff vs. CDT around Butte

Gutsy and I did both last summer.  We took the Anaconda cutoff, then discovered that we were early.  We learned from a hiker in Anaconda (also the local GM dealer) that snow in the Pintlers was still too deep to continue.  So we backtracked on the same cutoff back to the CDT and proceeded south on the CDT.  We were stopped again by the snow on the switchbacks above Upper Seymour Lake.

And I agree with other comments about the cutoff vs the CDT around Butte.  The cutoff has plenty of roadwalking and some private property.  We saw several miles of new trail on the CDT.

Due to work and family related circumstances, we will not be able to section hike on the CDT this summer--bummer!!  But I have been adding to my AT section hike.  I did a week in VA in May and another week in June, ending at Waynesboro.  We may add another week in July




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