Pathfinder Newsletter – Summer 2017


Canada is celebrating its 150th year and the GDTA is celebrating another trail building season in the Canadian Rocky Mountains! The arrival of summer also brings the beginning of the 2017 hiking season on the Great Divide Trail. Determined thru-hikers are already beginning their adventures South to North (and back …

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GDTA Crew Leaders Training


By Jeff Gruttz Sure, we all ‘know’ trails BUT are our volunteers fully cognizant of how sustainable trails are built and maintained? When our focus is enjoying the scenery or getting to the next campsite it’s not an easy task to understand how those ‘been there forever’ trails were constructed. …

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July 2017 Trail and Road Conditions


Trail Conditions Update – July 29, 2017 Summer is in full swing on the Great Divide which means alpine wildflowers are blooming and wildfires are burning in some areas. Trails are mostly bare and dry, with some snow patches at higher elevations. Warm weather means rapid snow and ice melt …

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June 2017 Trail and Road Conditions


Trail Conditions Update – June 26, 2017 It’s transition time on the GDT and wildflowers are starting to bloom! Valley bottom trails at lower elevations vary from bare and dry to wet and muddy, while trails at higher elevation are still snow covered. With warmer weather, trail conditions can change …

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