Pets allowed
Elevation Gain
3,284.00 ft (1,000.96 m)
Trail type
24.20 mi (38.95 km)
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The Continental Divide National Scenic Trail spans nearly 3,100 miles across 5 states from Mexico to Canada, traversing a vast array of different environments and landscapes along the way. The CDT can be completed as a single thru-hike that will take 4 to 6 months, or by section-hiking smaller segments. The Montana-Idaho portion of the CDT features nearly 1,000 miles of diverse mountain terrain. You’ll pass alongside the lofty peaks of the Anaconda, Bitterroot and Beaverhead Mountains; walk through the rugged and remote Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex; and finally arrive at the “Crown of the Continent” that is Glacier National Park. In this guide we’ll take a closer look at Montana-Idaho Section 10.

Montana-Idaho Section 10 begins at a gravel 4x4 road and Goldstone Pass. There is a spring located just downhill from the trail to the left. You’ll then strike out on the CDT and begin with a slight climb while enjoying some good views. The high peaks of the Beaverhead Mountains ahead look incredible, but sadly Section 10 of the CDT will mostly miss them.

You’ll follow the ridge for a while, then descend into a valley. A small climb will take you up to a pass with great views. You’ll drop down and away from the high peaks after this, so enjoy these views while you can!

There are several streams once you drop down into the forest, a welcome change from the 20 miles waterless stretch of Section 9. Continue descending down into the valley, and watch for a couple of tricky junctions that can be easy to miss.

A few areas almost open up into meadows, and you’ll follow lovely Pioneer Creek downstream for a while then cross it. Continue through the dense forest. You’ll pass the remains of an old cabin, then have a small climb followed by a descent.

A final small climb awaits, followed by a lengthy descent. This downhill section has been greatly improved over recent years with some nice new switchbacks. You’ll also get a glimpse of the high peaks in the distance (upcoming Section 11 offers spectacular hiking!).

At the bottom of the descent you’ll cross Miner Creek and come to an old road. Miner Lakes Trailhead is just to the right. This marks the end of Section 10.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass


Open Year-round



Some good views toward beginning of section. Many water sources after dropping into the forest.


Section 10 misses much of the high alpine terrain and peaks that are so close.

Trailhead Elevation

9,088.00 ft (2,770.02 m)

Highest point

9,692.00 ft (2,954.12 m)


Backcountry camping
Big vistas

Typically multi-day


Permit required




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