The Continental Divide Trail (CDT) is one of the most ambitious of our National Scenic Trails. Ranging from 4,000 to 14,000 feet, the CDT passes through a variety of ecosystems from tundra to desert. Hikers can expect to see a variety of wildlife – grizzlies, elk, mountain goats, and deer – and hosts of wildflowers carpeting its remote mountain meadows. For the long-distance hiking community, the CDT is one-third of the “Triple Crown,” and approximately 150 ambitious travelers attempt to complete a thru-hike each year. Parts of the CDT are still in the planning phases, so expect to bushwhack incomplete sections or walk the roads. When completed, the trail will extend 3,100 miles from Mexico to Canada. Yogi’s planning books are highly recommended (http://www.yogisbooks.com).
For more information, go to the Continental Divide Trail Coalition’s website at www.continentaldividetrail.org.
Melanie (Lemstar) Simmerman & I (Yeti) both were hiking the Continental Divide Trail (CDT) in 2009 separately but met in Grand Lake Colorado. She was the first hiker I had seen on the trail after hiking through New Mexico and Colorado. We actually started hiking together when we met up again in Encampment, Wyoming. We did split up for awhile in South Pass City, WY but rejoined in Salmon, Idaho and finished the hike together. You can visit both our trail journals below: