September 2017 Trail and Road Conditions

GDT Autumn

Trail Conditions Update – September 15, 2017 Cool, wet autumn weather has arrived in the Rockies which means fire hazard conditions have improved considerably but there are still some trail closures due to ongoing wildfire management. Expect fresh snowfall above 2000 metres and wet and muddy trail conditions. WILDFIRES: With the …

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August 2017 Trail and Road Conditions


Trail Conditions Update – August 22, 2017 WILDFIRES: Fire danger ratings in the Rockies are very high and trail closures and campfire bans are in effect. Wildfire smoke is occurring along much of the GDT and is causing poor air quality and reduced visibility. Read wildfire updates regularly and be cautious out there. …

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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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GDT Route Updates for 2017

Wonder Pass

Effective immediately, the GDTA is announcing a couple changes to the main route of the GDT as well as a two fantastic new alternate routes that will appear in Dustin Lynx’s forthcoming 3rd edition of his guidebook (expected to be released in early 2018). These new routes are all reflected in …

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Pathfinder Newsletter – Spring 2017


Happy Spring from the Great Divide Trail Association. We’re very excited about this upcoming summer and trail building and maintenance season. There is plenty of opportunity to connect with the wilderness of the Canadian Rocky Mountains and contribute to the protection, promotion and maintenance of the Great Divide Trail. This …

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Spring 2017 Trail and Road Conditions Update


Trail Conditions Update – May 1, 2017 Spring is in the air! This is transition time on the GDT. Valley bottom trails at lower elevations vary from bare and muddy to slushy and icy, while trails at higher elevation remain snowbound. With warmer weather, trail conditions can change quickly, from …

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Charlie Russell talks at Sold Out GDTA Fundraiser


Charlie Russell spoke to a sold out crowd of hiking enthusiasts, GDTA supporters, Girl Guides, Scouts at the John Dutton theatre in Calgary on March 21st.    Charlie Russell has spent the better part of 55 years studying and living with grizzlies and his philosophy boils down to: “They (grizzly bears) …

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