|Karyn Good surveys the landscape from the CDT Trail with Red Mountain in the background|
|They know how to pile a cairn on the CDT|
|In the expansive Alice Basin below Lewis and Clark Pass|
The trip began at the Alice Creek Trailhead, about 10 miles north from the Montana 200 turnoff outside Lincoln.
It followed an established trail for about a quarter mile where it joins a ridge heading straight for the Continental Divide Trail, on an abandoned Forest Service Trail. That abandoned trail is still very easy to follow, although there are some deadfalls across it.
|We found albino Paintbrush amidst the other colorful flowers|
We took a short side trip to find the East Fork Falls Creek Trail that leads to the Dearborn through the Falls Creek Roadless Area. The trail intersects with the CDT but is unmarked and easy to miss. I was interested because Falls Creek is closed from the Dearborn and this is a logical way in and out.
Then it was down through timber and grass to the Lewis and Clark Pass, where the Corps of Discovery passed through on its way back from the West Coast. It is marked with historical signs.
It is open from the pass down to the car, traveling down the flank of Green Mountain and offering great views of the Alice Creek Basin and CDT country above it.
Some 2,200 feet was gained and lost along the way.
The wildflowers, particularly the Indian Paintbrush, were profuse.
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|At the pass|
|Jim Heckel at the top of the ridge nearing the CDT|