The Continental Divide Trail winds its way north from the Mexico border through New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho and Montana. It encompasses 3,100 miles, but the mileage generally walked by thru-hikers is between 2,600-2,800 miles. Scenic highlights include the San Juan Mountains of Colorado, Ghost Ranch in New Mexico, the Great Divide Basin of Wyoming, Yellowstone, the Bob Marshall Wilderness of Montana and Glacier National Park. It’s a scenic wonderland, without a doubt.

The miles in which I walked were far different than those of the other trails. They were longer, harder, lonelier. But the challenges posed always provided the fuel for the next footstep, as there was always a reward waiting around the corner—even if that corner was fifteen miles away. Personally, I don’t like to compare trails to one another because each is special in it’s own unique way. But it must be said that the CDT was my favorite trail in regards to the three big trails of America (Appalachian and Pacific Crest Trails being the others). It pushed me beyond what I thought was capable and amongst all the really, really lows and really, really highs, I was evolving as a person and still to this day I am learning from that trail. It’s a special bond and an even more special trail.

To see images from the CDT, click on the tabs located within the GALLERY in the menu above.

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