After several years of hiking different sections of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail, on July 25, 2015 we finished it!
What is the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail (CDT)?
The CDT is one of several long-distance hiking trails in the United States. The other two major trails are the Appalachian Trail in the eastern part of the country, and the Pacific Crest Trail near the West Coast.
The CDT is a north/south trail that covers approximately 3,100 miles and roughly follows the Continental Divide. The trail's southern terminus is at the Mexico/New Mexico border and its northern terminus is at the border of Montana and Canada. It traverses over five states - New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, and zig-zags back and forth between Idaho and Montana. The trail is a work-in-progress, it is only about 70% complete.
What are Mike and Maggie's plans?
We plan to start walking from the Mexico/New Mexico border around April 15, 2013 and hope to finish the NM portion of the trail in about 45 days. Although we have hiked most of CDT through CO, we need to complete a 150 mile stretch just north of NM. The snow conditions will determine whether we complete this section immediately after hiking through NM, or if we postpone it for later in the trek. Either way, we will then drive to our home in Castle Pines, CO to resupply and rest for a few days. After our pit stop, we will head north to the WY/CO border to hike the rest of CDT through WY, ID and MT.