Continental Divide Trail – Overview

Continental Divide Trail – Overview

Continental Divide Trail (CDT)) is a United States National Scenic Trail running up to 3,100 miles (5,000 km) between Mexico and Canada. It follows the Continental Divide of the Americas along the Rocky Mountains and traverses five U.S. states — New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho and Montana.

The trail is a combination of dedicated trails, cross country travel and, unfortunately, roads to bridge the uncompleted sections of trail.

The trail is challenging, highlighted by the slogan it has gained of “Embrace the Brutality”. This is due to the unpredictable weather including large afternoon thunderstorms, occasional snow storms, hot desert road walks and oftern heavy winter snowpack in Colorado (which should be easier this year due to the drought). However, the effort put in is highly rewarded with mega vistas and unique landscapes as it passes through some of the US’s best and wildest locations.

Highest point: Grays Peak, Colorado, 14,278 ft (4,352 m)

Lowest point: Columbus, New Mexico, 3,900 ft (1,200 m)

On a personal note: this will be my last major trail before heading home and working again. I’m looking forward to getting the most out of this trail.
I have some plans in place to take a few major alternative, including the Wind River High Route.

Let the games begin!

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