Continental Divide Trail
The Continental Divide National Scenic Trail (in short Continental Divide Trail) is a United States National Scenic Trail running 3,100 miles (5,000 km) between Mexico and Canada. It follows the Continental Divide along the Rocky Mountains and traverses five U.S. states - Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico. In Montana it crosses Triple Divide Peak which separates the Hudson Bay, Atlantic Ocean and Pacific Ocean drainages.
As of 2004, the trail, a combination of dedicated trails and small roads, is considered 70% complete. The uncompleted portions of the trail must be traveled by bushwhacking or roadwalking.
Only about two dozen people a year attempt to hike the entire trail, taking about six months to complete it. As of 2008, no equestrians have managed to ride the entire trail in a single year, although several "long riders" have tried.
This trail can be continued above the Canadian border to Kakwa Lake north of Jasper National Park by the Great Divide Trail, which is so far described only in a few books, and carries no official Canadian status.
The CDT in New Mexico is about 700 mi long and some portions have very limited water. Local volunteer groups place water caches (usually a pile of plastic gallon jugs) at strategic points along the trail. The southern terminus of the trail is not on the Continental Divide Animas Mountains but rather in the vicinity of Columbus, New Mexico, a village that is also the northern terminus of the annual Template:Convert/E Cabalgata Binacional Villista.
The CDT passes through many of the highest and wildest mountain regions of Colorado, such as the San Juan Mountains and the Sawatch Range. In most areas the trail is well marked. It is concurrent with the Colorado Trail for approximately 200 miles.
The CDT includes a large section of rangeland in the middle of the state, as well as the Wind River Range and Tetons in the northwest portion of Wyoming.
The Montana portion of the CDT is almost entirely in the mountains.
- Colorado Trail - the two trails coincide for about 200 miles.
- Pacific Northwest Trail - Shares a common start/end point with the CDT in Glacier National Park.
- Continental Divide Trail Alliance website
- CDT Society website
- Jonathan Ley's CDT Hike - A hiker's website and top notch mapping resource
- Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest web site - Describes the northernmost parts of the trail
- CDT-L - Continental Divide Trail Mailing List
- CDT Thruhiking Resources - Listing of important resources to thruhike the CDT
- Google Map of CDT High Resolution Google Map of CDT
- A Quick & Dirty CDT Planning Guide- A general overview of the CDT for planning purposes