Pets allowed
Elevation Gain
4,845.00 ft (1,476.76 m)
Trail type
26.10 mi (42.00 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 22.

Section 22 begins from Stemple Pass and mostly stays on the ridge to Flesher Pass and then onto Rogers Pass where this section comes to an end. Water is a bit limited.

To start, the trail isn’t the most exciting. You’ll have some moderate ups and downs as you work your way north. There is also a tiny spring just off trail about 2 miles from Stemple Pass.

Eventually you’ll descend down to Flesher Pass, just before which is a trailhead with vault toilet, picnic table and a couple possible camping spots. When you get to the highway and Flesher Pass you’ll likely need to fill up on water. Follow the obvious use path on the close side of the highway that parallels the road and leads to water in about 1/3 mile. It’ll be about 13 miles until the next water.

You’ll ascend up from the pass, then stay on the ridge with some ups and downs but solid views. The section ends with a big descent down to Rogers Pass. There are also a couple good streams with water just before the pass.


Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass


Open Year-round



Stays on the ridge for most of section. Some good views.


Limited water. Not the most exciting section.

Trailhead Elevation

6,376.00 ft (1,943.40 m)

Highest point

7,310.00 ft (2,228.09 m)


Backcountry camping
Big vistas

Typically multi-day


Permit required




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