[Cdt-l] Anaconda Cut offf

Sly hikertrash at gmail.com
Tue May 4 15:43:41 CDT 2010

Here's Jonathan's answer from last year...

I just wanted to put a “shout out” to the non-Anaconda route (i.e. 
actual CDT) around Butte… Each year, quite a lot of hikers take the 
Anaconda cutoff. While years ago this part of the CDT was mostly a 
lengthy road-walk, it’s now quite a lot better and mostly all trail. My 
guess is that a lot of old information is still in circulation; 
incorrectly describing the CDT route in that area. Actually, the 
Anaconda cutoff may have more road walking than the CDT route (even 
including Delmoe Lake Road). So, if your goal is to stay off roads, 
you’re probably better-off with the CDT.

The forest service, CDTA, and local volunteers have put a lot of effort 
into improving the trail in this section, and it’d be great if more 
thru-hikers could “show it some love”.

Yes, it’s a little longer than the Anaconda cutoff, but it’ll only 
lengthen your trip by a couple days… And is a couple more days in the 
mountains really all that bad?

Anyway, hike your own hike and all that… but give the Butte trail a 
chance, eh?

Good luck & best wishes to all out there in 2009!


On 5/4/2010 4:26 PM, Josie wrote:
> Hi all--
> I am planning a section hike from Rogers Pass (near Helena, MT) to 
> Bannock Pass (near Leadore, ID)-- about 400 miles on the regular 
> route. I notice that in the journals a lot of people are planning to 
> take the Anaconda cut off--it's about 100 miles shorter. My question 
> is this, does anyone know if besides being shorter, it's more scenic 
> or there is any other reason to take it? I asked this question a 
> little differently a few months ago and didn't get a lot of response. 
> Does anyone have an opinion or experience with either of these routes? 
> If the Anaconda route is just as good, it would give me time to walk 
> further on into Wyoming.
> Thanks
> Jo
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