CDT September 8-11: Anaconda to Helena, MT

365 MILES TO GO, FALL COLORS, AND GREAT WEATHER AHEAD. During the four days I hiked between Anaconda and Macdonald Pass & Helena I felt great and enjoyed being on trail (and not roads) again. It was a mellow 79 miles of hiking with sunny days and cold, crisp nights in lodgepole pine forests and grassy meadows.

Those days fueled my optimism for the three weeks ahead whrn I will be hiking through the Scapegoat Wilderness, Bob Marshall Wilderness and Glacier National Park.
Above: when I saw this my first thought was, “fall colors are in fashion now on the CDT”!

The weather can change and dump snow, rain, and cold between now and when I reach Canada. My lovely wife Cindy shipped my winter gear to Helena: Big Agnes free standing tent, warm gloves and warmer layers to wear on cold days. I have new footwear, too. I am ready for whatever autumn weather will blow my way.
Above: the motel gear explosion while re-gearing to winter mode.

The next supply stop is the Benchmark Wilderness Ranch, 125 trail miles away. I don’t know if I will be able to post an update from there, but I will definitely post updates from Glacier National Park.


7 thoughts on “CDT September 8-11: Anaconda to Helena, MT

  1. Wow, you sound really upbeat! Let’s hope for late winter snows this year. I hope the new shoes help with your feet. POR!

  2. Hi Roger
    Looks like the end is in site. Amazing what determination will do when you put your mind into making it happen. I’m sure you will be delighted to sleep in your own bed and realize what you have accomplished. Something to remember the rest of your life.
    Good job! Bob/ Marian

  3. Go Roger!!!! I think you’ll like the next 2 sections. And I hope the weather holds off and your knee and feet are pain free

  4. 365 miles? Your long adventure is almost over, and what a great job you’ve done. Yay for Greg in Wild!

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