Continental Divide Road

Island Park, Idaho (Fremont County)

Last Updated: 08/22/2021
5 / 5 ( 3 reviews )
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Highlight: Continental Divide Road
This is a beautiful backcountry road that runs on in some spots and along the iconic Continental Divide Trail and bounces back and forth between Idaho and Montana. The incredible views along this dirt road will take you through fields of tall grass and wildflowers, up the mountains through Aspen Groves, and over the hill through stands of Pine and Spruce trees with breathtaking views of all the surrounding mountain ranges and lakes. This trail follows and crosses the borders of the Targhee National Forest in Idaho and the Beaverhead National Forest in Montana and is also the only way to access Henry's Lake Overlook which offers 360-degree stunning views as far south as the Teton Mountain Range 80 miles south. On a clear day, the Grand Tetons are very distinct on the horizon. This is a great trail for anyone that wants to explore some of the few sections of the Continental Divide Trail with vehicular access.

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Waypoints

1. Continental Divide Road Trailhead - Head West (0 mi)
To the east side of Highway 87, 8.5 miles north of Highway 20 and just south of Raynolds Pass and the Montana border is the trailhead. Head east from here.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Island Park, Idaho

From the Junction of Highways 20 and 87, head north 8.5 miles to Continental Divide Road to the left/east side of the highway. The trail starts here.

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Cory W

Mapping Crew - Arizona and Montana

Cory grew up traveling the logging roads outside Durango, CO with his dad for his woodcutting business and fell in love with everything about the outdoors. He's moved around a lot since then, from several rural areas of Southern California to Montana, Wyoming to Arizona, even living on a commercial gold mine in Nevada in for several years. In all these areas he has explored several thousand miles of old dirt roads and trails, as well as many old mines and ghost towns. Located in the Mohave Desert of AZ in the winter and the Madison River Valley of MT in the summer.
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