About the CDT

What is the CDT?

The U.S. is crisscrossed by a network of National Scenic Trails.  They are long distance hiking trails with the Appalachian Trail (AT), located on the east coast, being the oldest, and one of the most well known.  The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is the west coast version and the Continental Divide Trail (CDT) spanning the backbone of the country.
Traveling roughly 3,000 miles the CDT runs through New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, skirting the border of Idaho, and through Montana to terminate in Canada.  With five different starting points at the two borders, numerous alternates, and different routes to follow hiking the CDT is a customizable adventure.  The CDT is unfinished and wild yet stunning deep in the remote backcountry.  It is also not a hike chosen by many.  Of the three longest trails in this country it boasts the least amount of thru-hikers.  In spring 2013 fewer than 100 hikers are planning to leave the Mexican border—many of them are seeking to embrace their final trail of the Triple Crown.
Starting April 10th Portrait and I will be two of the few ready to embrace the CDT with the goal of hiking from the Mexican boarder to the Canadian one before the weather window slams shut.  

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