At this juncture the APT follows the historic route of Lewis and Clark. A spur trail has been proposed by the APTC that would cross the Yellowstone River into Montana and meet the confluence of The Yellowstone and Missouri Rivers. This gives access to Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site and Fort Buford State Historic Site.
Various routes north of The Missouri River have been scouted, minding the preference to intercept the perimeter as closely as feasible. Thus far The APTC has decided to explore both north and south of The Missouri River at Fort Peck Lake. The exploration of possibilities have stretched as far north as The Bear Paw Mountains and Havre to the southern shore of Great Falls.
The APT shares a foot bed with The Continental Divide Trail to realize Glacier National Park and The Pacific Northwest Trail. It is currently unclear if The APT will remain in Glacier NP or chose a already scouted route through Flathead National Forest en route to Whitefish, MT.
Some recreationalists choose to carry bear spray in Montana due to its Grizzly population.
Established in 1864, Fort Benton is known as the ‘Birthplace of Montana’.
The Continental Divide Trail Coalition (CDTC) is the 501(c)(3) national non-profit working in partnership with the US Forest Service, National Park Service, and Bureau of Land Management to complete, promote, and protect the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail
A showcase of melting glaciers, alpine meadows, carved valleys, and spectacular lakes. With over 700 miles of trails, Glacier is a paradise for adventurous visitors seeking wilderness steeped in human history. Relive the days of old through historic chalets, lodges, and the famous Going-to-the-Sun Road.
From the Continental Divide to the Pacific,this 1,200 mile path is high for the views and long on adventure, ranking among the most scenic and rugged long-distance trails in the world.