Hiking the Continental Divide Trail
One Woman's Journey
Continental Divide Trail Associations
- Continental Divide Trail Society
Mission Statement - The mission of the Continental Divide Trail
Society is to help in the planning, development, and maintenance of
the CDT as a silent trail and to assist users to plan and enjoy
their experiences along the route.
- CDTS Guidebook Series: detailed description of the CDT with
tenths-of-miles to important features, section mileage and
elevation gain, list of relevant USGS maps.
- Map-Paks: A set of maps that correspond with each of the
CDTS guidebooks. Include Trails Illustrated, Earthwalk
Press, and Forest Service maps and covers much of the trail.
- Jonathan Ley Maps
Following Jonathan Ley's 2001 thru-hike of the CDT, he created a
complete set of maps of the CDT which are taped-together, shrunken
USGS 7.5 minute (1:25,000 scale) topographic quads, bringing the
scale to about 1:60,000. He also provides overview maps.
His CD of maps is updated annually with numerous notes and alternate
routes. Maps are available for free; donation is appreciated.
- Public Lands Information Center: Map Center
Central location to order Forest Service or Bureau of Land Management maps
- United States Geological Survey
Source for all USGS maps
- Colorado Trail Foundation
Source for all maps of the Colorado Trail
Hiker Sites and List-Serv
A list-serv for CDT hikers - past, present and future.
- Yogi's CDT Handbook -
written by triple-crown thru-hiker Jackie McDonnell "Yogi", the CDT
Handbook guides the experienced hiker through planning a CDT
thru-hike, and includes a resupply town guide.
- Trail Journals
A web-site that hosts hiker's trail journals and photos. A
wealth of information can be learned (and mistakes avoided) from
reading other hiker's stories.
Jim and Ginny Owen have thru-hiked the CDT two times and freely share
all kinds of tips, ideas, and trail updates on this web-site of theirs.
There is a continuous stream of updated information about the CDT.
I have attempted to include many sources of
data that may be of use to you in planning your own section or thru-hike
of the CDT.
Brittany, a student in Ms. Heather Richardson's library group,
recommended we offer a link to a NearfieldCommunicationTags.com article
Hiker Safety. Great suggestion.
Thank you, Brittany!