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Great Divide Trail - Howse River Alternate Route

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GDT Alternate Route through the fir forest to bypass the Howse River gravel flats during high water times.


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Map Key

8.9

Miles

14.4

KM

Point to Point

5,229' 1,594 m

High

4,724' 1,440 m

Low

187' 57 m

Up

579' 176 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

12%

Max Grade (7°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Commonly Backpacked · River/Creek · Views · Wildlife

Need to Know

Resources regularly updated with the latest conditions and other information are:
- GDTA website www.greatdividetrail.com
- Dustin Lynx book "Hiking Canada's Great Divide Trail"
- GDT App
- Ryan Silk's GDT Map Atlas
- Gem Trek maps

Description

Great Divide Trail - Section D (Field to Saskatchewan Crossing) Alternate Route.

This Alternate Route follows the forested Howse River Trail that can be overgrown and with deadfall in places. But it is on higher ground than the main GDT route that is down on the Howse River gravel flats. Therefore, when all or part of the main GDT route is impassable on the gravel flats due to high water levels, one can use all or parts of this alternate route instead. This alternate route meets up with the main GDT route in several spots.

Please see the resources listed above under Need to Know for up to date detailed descriptions and valuable information.

History
Through 2018, the main GDT followed this route on the Howse River Trail. But the Howse River Trail has become overgrown here, and deadfall has built up over the years. Therefore, in January 2019, the main GDT route was moved to the scenic and more pleasant Howse River gravel flats.

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Joan Pendleton

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