Volunteers Repair Fire-Damaged Section of CDT
The section of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail (CDT) that was destroyed in the 2017 Alice Creek fire was recently repaired by several generous volunteers. The Alice Creek fire tore through about 30,000 acres in Montana last year, destroying trail infrastructure along with a major sign noting the significance of Lewis and Clark Pass.
Recently, volunteers played their part in the restoration of this section. The four-day restoration project was put together by Montana Wilderness Association and the Continental Divide Trail Coalition. Restoring the trail and signage made things a whole lot easier for the 300-some hikers that attempt to thru-hike the 3,100-mile CDT each year. The project also emphasized the importance of the CDT and everything that it represents.
Revamping Plans for the CDT
Along with the repairs the group made, the Blaze the CDT initiative was also started by the coalition. In honor of the CDT’s 40th anniversary, the entire length of the trail will be marked with signs. Too many of the original signs have been stolen and/or damaged, and by November of this year it is said that the entirety of the trail should be set up with new signs.
Although the number of thru-hikers to travel the CDT doesn’t compete with the AT or PCT, it’s still important to maintain these areas and keep them as safe and distinguished as possible for hikers to continue to safely enjoy.
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