Rugged marked trail which roughly parallels the Continental Divide north of Crowsnest Pass, all within the province of Alberta. Traverses mostly untouched upper creek valleys with many long scenic ridgeline sections. Reasonably good access for bike day trips via logging roads and cutlines in lower valleys, but suitable only for overnight hiking trips. Most stream crossings are bridged on the main trail, but not on access routes.
Editor's note - The Great Divide Trail is a 1200km wilderness trail, 63 per cent of which exists in Alberta with the rest in British Columbia. The route crosses the Continental Divide over 30 times and incorporates 106.6 km of active road and several kilometres of railway corridor. The highest point on the GDT is an unnamed pass at 2590 m. The lowest point on the whole route is 1055 m at the Old Fort Point trailhead on the bank of the Athabasca River in JasperÂ—a difference of 1535 m from the highest point on the route.
The GDT passes through a number of protected areas, including six national parks: Glacier (USA), Waterton Lakes, Banff, Kootenay, Yoho and Jasper. The GDT also passes through seven provincial parks: Akamina-Kishinena, Elk Lakes, Peter Lougheed, Height of the Rockies, Mount Assiniboine, Mount Robson and Kakwa Lake. The route also includes the Beehive Natural Area, Kananaskis Country, the White Goat Wilderness and the Willmore Wilderness Area. The five forest districts through which the GDT passes are the Castle, Bow/Crow, Cranbrook, Golden and Robson Valley.
In winter please check the local avalanche bulletins and conditions.
Accessible from the Forestry Trunk Road (Highway 940) in Kananaskis Country, the Oldman River forestry road, and the Atlas Road off Highway 3 in Crowsnest Pass. All major creek valleys coming from the divide intersect with the Trail. The main GDT route is marked approx. every 100m with 5x15cm orange paint blazes, and access routes are marked with blue blazes.
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