Katie Eckman

I hiked the Appalachian Trail northbound in 2017. I ended that trip with a love for backpacking, and have only grown more fond of it since then. I started hiking the Continental Divide Trail in April 2022. I started in southern New Mexico and am hiking northward from there. Hoping to share some of that experience with you through this blog!

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First Days in Colorado, South San Juan Wilderness (May 25-26)

First Days in Colorado, South San Juan Wilderness (May 25-26)

May 25.  A hiker friend and I got a ride up to Cumbres Pass from Chama this morning.  My friend was still waiting for her gear to arrive to the post

Jun 22, 2022 : Katie Eckman
Abrupt Transition to Colorado (End of May)

Abrupt Transition to Colorado (End of May)

Several state forests in New Mexico closed to all traffic in late May, as a precautionary effort to manage wildfire danger.  Ongoing wildfires in New

Jun 22, 2022 : Katie Eckman
Northern New Mexico (May 15-19)

Northern New Mexico (May 15-19)

May 15.  The most notable part of today was meeting a hiker named “Voyager”.  I usually avoid putting other hikers’ names in the blog, but this 68

Jun 10, 2022 : Katie Eckman
Gila River (May 8-11)

Gila River (May 8-11)

May 8.  The Gila River alternate is not the official CDT, but many hikers choose this path, after more than a week of dry desert hiking.  This trail

Jun 1, 2022 : Katie Eckman
Chihuahuan Desert Hiking Day 2 (April 29)

Chihuahuan Desert Hiking Day 2 (April 29)

It was a breezy night, off and on, up on the desert hillside. Breezy enough to blow my tent stakes out when they weren't reinforced with rocks on

May 25, 2022 : Katie Eckman
Beginnings: Hachita to Gila National Forest (April 30- May 7)

Beginnings: Hachita to Gila National Forest (April 30- May 7)

April 30.  This day was unique for the gathering of water from a windmill site, and hiking by a herd of cattle in their open range. It took me a

May 24, 2022 : Katie Eckman
Starting at Crazy Cook Monument in New Mexico (April 28)

Starting at Crazy Cook Monument in New Mexico (April 28)

The Continental Divide Trail has a few starting points to choose from (for a north-bounder).  The most popular choice is to start at Crazy Cook

May 6, 2022 : Katie Eckman
Closing Thoughts (October 11)

Closing Thoughts (October 11)

Almost a month since finishing the trail, and what sticks with me?  Mostly an overwhelming sense of gratitude that I was able to go out on this

Oct 12, 2021 : Katie Eckman
Making Peace (September 16 and Ever Onward)

Making Peace (September 16 and Ever Onward)

The goal of this day was to hitch with another hiker from Winthrop, westward over the Cascade Range, to Seattle.  We were fortunate, and caught two

Oct 12, 2021 : Katie Eckman
Finish (September 14-15)

Finish (September 14-15)

September 14.  Early morning.  I heard two of my friends whispering to each other and laughing this morning, so I unzipped my tent door and looked

Oct 12, 2021 : Katie Eckman