MONTANA: PART I

CONTINENTAL DIVIDE TRAIL

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.

The miles in which I walked were far different than those of the other trails. They were longer, harder, lonelier. But the challenges 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 of, and amongst all the challenges, it pushed me to evolve as a person. To this day, I am still learning from that trail.

MONTANA: PART I: From the Northern boundary of Yellowstone National Park to the Bob Marshall Wilderness.

Like Wyoming, Montana is a state with many faces. The northern half is comprised of renowned places like Glacier National Park and the Bob Marshall Wilderness, but it’s southern half is filled with an equally impressive beauty, one often overlooked. A significant chunk of trail is comprising over gently rolling ridges, traveling over faded jeep tracks and trails frequented by few. Some of the things that really stand out about Montana are the impressive sunsets and the peacefulness that entailed. Again, another special place in my heart.

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