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[cdt-l] CDT Planning Info - towns/mileage
For general information purposes, here is a copy of our revised town list.
This is a version of what we actually carried on the trail. Please note, the
mileages are very approximate (on the low side) and are based on Jim Wolf’s
guides and the route choices that we ended up making. Where it made a big
difference, I tried to explain when we used an alternate route. If you
choose other alternatives, your mileage will be different, sometimes very
different. (Up to 400 miles plus or minus.) As to the codes for the
services: P= Post Office, p = maildrop, M=meals, L = lodging, G = good
Grocery, g = small grocery, D = laundry, C =Camping, O = outdoor store, I =
Internet access, S = shower, $ = ATM or bank. Numbers in parenthesis are
the miles to hitch (or walk) to get to town. Many are a good distance off
trail, but worth the effort.
Town Zip Code Services Cum. Miles Miles to next Comments
MONTANA & IDAHO
Waterton M, L, g, C 0 96/104
2 v. sm. stores in park. All 3 alt. routes are good.
E. Glacier 59434 P, M, L, D, I, G, $ 104 133
Good compact town, hostel
Benchmark 59410 p, (M, L, S) 237 54.5
Small Resort 1.5 miles off trail. Fee. Call/write first.
Lincoln 59639 P, M, L, G, I 291.5 66
Rogers Pass (18) – good trail town. Three ways in.
MacDonald Pass p, M, C 357.5 59
Frontiertown will sometimes hold packages. Call first.
Could hitch into Helena (all services, inc. good Outdoor store.)
Anaconda 59711 All Services 416.5 96
Spread out town. Good groceries.
[We took Anaconda cut-off - Official route is much longer]
Wisdom, MT 59761 P, M, L, g, D, 512.5 124.5
Chief Joseph Pass (26)
Could go to Salmon via Lost Trail Pass instead (All services)
Leadore, ID 83464 P, M, L, g, D, C, S 637 101.6
Bannock Pass (15) slow hitch
Lima, MT 59739 P, M, L, g 738.6 70.5
I-15 Monida (16)- freeway hitch
Macks Inn, ID 83433 P, M, L, v.sm g, C, D, $ 809 37
Can take bus 8 miles to W. Yellowstone (all)
[Official Trail is 20 miles longer via alt Henry’s Lake route]
Yellowstone NP, 82190 P, M, L, g, $ 846 86.5-100
Old Faithful Village - no camping at village, nearest is a few miles away
Togwottee Pass Resort, 82513 p, M, L, g, $ 932.6 124
[We ended up going directly to Togotee Lodge via side trail. A better
route would be to go to Togwottee Pass and hitch into Dubois.] (38) All
services. Could go to Brooks Lake Lodge ( No services) near Togottee
Pass – maildrop only.
Big Sandy Lodge 82923 p, M, L, C, S 1056.6 55-60
2.4 miles off trail - $20 each, minimum, contact first. No fuel.
[We chose a route going past Cirque of the Towers instead of either
Wolf’s Temple Pass or the official roadwalk routes.]
South Pass 82520 p - snacks 1112 130
(0.3) Could hitch to Lander (36 miles)
Or Atlantic City p, L, M 1117 116
No fuel or groceries in S. Pass or A.C.
Rawlins 82301 All services 1233 126
Good town, very spread out.
Encampment was a possibility, midway through the next section, but we didn't
Steamboat Springs 80477 All Services + NF 1359 98.5
Buffalo Pass (13 miles)
Grand Lake 80447 All services incl. O 1457.6 86
Good trail town, great hostel.
[We more or less followed Jim Wolf’s route, not the official route which
is much longer and doesn't go directly into town.]
Silverthorn 80498 All services, incl. O 1543.6 77
Hostel. Free bus to neighboring towns.
Twin Lakes 81251 P, M, L, v. sm. g 1620.6 72.5
(2 or 6) Laundromat 8 mi down road at Motel.
Salida 81201 All services 1693 95.
Monarch Pass (20) – sandwiches at pass. Lodge at Garfield will
sometimes hold packages, but Salida was a better town.
Creede 81130 P, M, L, D, C, G, O, I, $ 1788 143
San Luis Pass (10), or via Spring Creek Pass 20 miles further.(35)
Or Lake City 81235 P, M, L, G, D, C, S 1803 125
Spring Creek Pass (20)
Creede Cut-off cuts off about 100 miles from this section.
(Don’t take it unless weather is really bad, this is a beautiful stretch of
Pagosa Springs 81147 All Services - NF 1923 64
Wolf Creek Pass (25)
Chama 87520 All Services 1995 85
Cumbres Pass (8)
Ghost Ranch 87510 P, M, S, C 2080 57
Conference center - busy
Cuba 87013 P, M, L, D, G, I, $ 2137 115
A little spread out, hostel outside town
Grants 87020 All Services 2252 86.5
Spread out, but friendly town
Pie Town 87837 P, M, C 2339 42
Café is closed on Mon and Tues. – no gas or groceries.
Reserve 87830 P, L, M, G, D, NF, I 2380 127.5
Hard hitch (35)
Gila Hot Springs L, C, g, S, D, 2508 115
Can mail to ranger station/Vis. Ctr. Or store at Mimbres.
(Mimbres has small store and several B&B type places. We didn’t take
Deming 88030 All Services 2623 51
Good compact town - Amtrak and bus stations.
Columbus 88029 P, M, L, g, S, C, I, $ 2674 3
Small compact town.
Palomas at Mexican Border M 2677
Lots of bars, restaurants & pharmacies
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