Continental Divide Trail Bloggers

The Continental Divide Trail – The PhD of the Thru-Hikes

The Continental Divide Trail – The PhD of the Thru-Hikes

Salt Lake City, Sunday Jan. 13: While working on a grant for my PhD dissertation, I thought about the saying of "The CDT - The PhD of the thru-hikes." In...

Jan 13, 2019 : Caroline "Earthcake"
Reaching Canada and the Triple Crown

Reaching Canada and the Triple Crown

I first learned of thru-hiking seven or eight years ago. I'd heard of the Pacific Crest Trail before, but I figured it was something just one or two intrepid souls...

Sep 15, 2018 : Megan McGowan
Dodging Fires Through Montana

Dodging Fires Through Montana

  They say this trail is cold, and they were right. We haven't really had a hot day since New Mexico, but that all changed in Darby, MT. It was...

Sep 7, 2018 : Megan McGowan
Wowed by Wyoming: From the Winds to Yellowstone

Wowed by Wyoming: From the Winds to Yellowstone

The contrasts between one section of this trail and the next are amazing. With transitions that last only a moment, we move from desert, to mountains, back to desert, back...

Aug 9, 2018 : Megan McGowan
Running Through Wyoming’s Great Divide Basin

Running Through Wyoming’s Great Divide Basin

Upon entering Wyoming, the CDT transitions quite rapidly from forested mountains to the flat and treeless basin of Wyoming's Red Desert. We emerged from the trees and descended to sagebrush...

Jul 31, 2018 : Megan McGowan
Embracing the Brutality on the CDT

Embracing the Brutality on the CDT

Shortly after leaving Leadville, the Colorado Trail turns toward Denver and parts ways with the CDT. The well-defined, maintained track of the CT immediately returned (degraded?) to the CDT we

Jul 10, 2018 : Megan McGowan
Cruising through Central Colorado on the CDT

Cruising through Central Colorado on the CDT

The trail through the middle portion of Colorado was awesome. After the tough terrain of the San Juans, the Colorado Trail seemed almost easy in comparison. We remained high up...

Jul 4, 2018 : Megan McGowan
Tested by Snow on the CDT Through the San Juans

Tested by Snow on the CDT Through the San Juans

The San Juan Mountains were intense, beautiful, frustrating, rewarding, difficult, and awesome. They were somehow both exactly what I expected and nothing like I

Jun 23, 2018 : Megan McGowan
CDT Part 2: Roads, Roads, Roads – Silver City to Grants

CDT Part 2: Roads, Roads, Roads – Silver City to Grants

Between Silver City and Grants, the CDT has a few noteworthy segments, particularly the Gila River and El Malpais. Otherwise though, it is a lot of road walking. Paved roads,...

Jun 2, 2018 : Megan McGowan
Pie on the Continental Divide Trail  – New Mexico and Finishing the CDT

Pie on the Continental Divide Trail – New Mexico and Finishing the CDT

Day 111 started after a solid night's sleep, cold brew coffee, and a microwave burrito got my day started. I packed slowly, quickly realizing I’d bought way too much food...

Jan 6, 2018 : Pie