During the hike we ascended 3,268 ft. and descended 3,817 ft. – with much of the elevation change coming at the beginning and end of the hike (see link to interactive graphic below). ).
Map of the CDT in Montana. Copyright (c) 2020 Groundspeak, Inc. All Rights Reserved. The significance of Lewis & Clark Pass is that this is where part of the Corps of Discovery crossed over as they returned from the Pacific in July of 1806. The nearest town to this camera is Lincoln, nearly 20 miles to the west. ( Log Out /  or not. Sometimes people ask me if I might ever hike one of them, and my standard response is, “probably not, although I reserve the right to change my mind”.

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There is also a MAP Page, which allows one to see a thumbnail image and the weather data from any of the RWIS sites by clicking on its icon on the map. This past August I followed the CDT from Flesher Pass to Roger’s Pass for the first time. After 6.3 miles of hiking, I reached the summit of Green Mountain – high point on this section of the CDT, and a nice vantage point for admiring the pass. The nearest weather station for both precipitation and temperature measurements is ROGERS PASS 9 which is approximately 8 miles away and has an elevation of 4,200 feet (1,430 feet lower than Rogers Pass). I wore a face-mask, ski goggles, and just the right number of layers to keep warm . Grew up in Harlem (MT), married (Mardi), 4 grown children, retired - taught high school science 37 yrs (Helena High Earth Science 1994-2019), enjoy hiking, peak-bagging, trail-running, snow-shoeing, and kayaking. It was a very windy at times, but we were dressed appropriately, and the views more than made up for it. Despite the wind, I enjoyed this 12.6-mile out and back walk along the CDT. I like to have a hot shower and sleep in a real bed after a long hike, so for now I’m content to enjoy small sections of the CDT close to home. ( Log Out / 

( Log Out /  From there, our views of the Scapegoat, the Front, and the prairie were outstanding. Clark’s group set out to explore what is now southern Montana, while Lewis took nine men to investigate this short cut over the mountains and then explore north-central Montana. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. As the CDT turned me northward, I could see that strong winds had cleared the snow off many portions of the trail. Although the snow was fairly deep in places, the surface was so hard that I didn’t sink in. The Corps learned of the pass from tribes west of the divide who used it to travel east of the mountains to hunt buffalo. The single camera here is looking southwest in the Missoula direction. The snowshoes were especially helpful as I walked up and down higher points along the trail. But, if you can’t make arrangements to be picked up, I recommend an out and back hike from Rogers Pass*. Like a box of chocolates. This section stays fairly close to the actual Continental Divide as it passes through big open areas that would normally provide outstanding views of the Rocky Mountain Front and the Scapegoat Wilderness. It’s a wind thing. However, I’ve spent more time hiking and snow-shoeing on the sections a little farther north, around Stemple and Flesher Passes. Seven of the RWIS sites are data only and one has a camera only, while the rest have both a camera and data sensors. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Below are weather averages from 1971 to 2000 according to data gathered from the nearest official weather station. To learn more about Lewis & Clark Pass, take the photo tour – and be sure to read the captions. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Rogers Pass Rogers Pass is a mountain pass that rises 5,610 feet above sea level and is located on the Continental Divide in the U.S. state of Montana.The pass is adjacent to Helena National Forest and is traversed by Montana Highway 200, providing the shortest route between the cities of Great Falls and Missoula, Montana. View all posts by bigskywalker. for 2 miles up to that big open area we liked so much. I didn’t quite make it to Lewis & Clark Pass.

Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Earlier this month a storm dumped over a foot of snow on that part of the CDT, so it looked like my Flesher to Rogers hike might have to wait until next summer. McCann Butte and Beyond in Northcentral Montana, Trout Creek Canyon with the HHS Outdoors Club, Rogers Pass to Green Mtn.

( Log Out /  RWIS cameras are mounted on a tall steel truss tower adjacent to the roadway along with sensors that measure Air Temperature, Road Air Temperature, Dew Point, Relative Humidity, Wind Speed and Direction, Wind Gusts, Precipitation Intensity, Precipitation Rate, and Precipitation Accumulation. By the time it's reached Roger's Pass it has achieved an elevation of well over a mile. ( Log Out /  In the thru-hiking community, the three are known as the “Triple Crown”.

Rogers Pass MT. However, a much easier way to access Lewis & Clark Pass is by way of a 1.5-mile hike that starts from Alice Creek Road west of the pass.

Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. I removed my snowshoes for a couple of those barren stretches, but spent much of the day snowshoeing on hard, drifted snow several feet east of the divide. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account.

Legal. Small bites. Shows elevation profile – We did it in the opposite direction. Once on the ridge, snow conditions changed – But they were still decent.
The Continental Divide Trail (CDT) is one of three long trails that run the length of the USA from south to north. All this data is telemetered to a central location and appears on the appropriate web page in real time. My blog post from October 2018. ( Log Out / 

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On their way back, the expedition split up near present-day Missoula. As much as I enjoyed the walk, smoke from distant fires limited my views, so I’d been waiting for a chance to do it again. I did the hike during the summer several years ago, but wasn’t sure I could make it that far on snowshoes – You never know what type of snow conditions you are going to encounter in the high country. At the southern end of the Flathead National Forest, Highway 200 winds its way over the continental divide on its way from Missoula to Great Falls. Grew up in Harlem (MT), married (Mardi), 4 grown children, retired - taught high school science 37 yrs (Helena High Earth Science 1994-2019), enjoy hiking, peak-bagging, trail-running, snow-shoeing, and kayaking.