The Continental Divide Trail might well be the most extreme of the three major National Scenic Trails. The "CDT" covers the greatest distance at approximately 3,100 miles, reaches an ultimate high point of 14,270 feet at Grays Peak, Colorado, and has a low point of 4,280 feet, less than 2,400 feet below the highest point on the Appalachian Trail.
Generally following the crest of the Rocky Mountains from Mexico to Canada, the Continental Divide Trail is something of a work-in-progress and therefore not completely defined in many areas, leaving it up to the individual day-hiker, thru-hiker, or backpacker to navigate and find the correct route. There is even some debate about just what exactly is the correct route, with some groups advocating alternate destinations like the Gila Wilderness in southern New Mexico, far from the actual Continental Divide in the Black Mountains to the east.
There is no debate, however, about the great adventure available along the way in such spectacular sections as the Zuni Mountains in New Mexico, the San Juan Mountains and Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado, the Wind River Range and Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, the Bitterroot Range in Idaho, and the Bob Marshall Wilderness and Glacier National Park in Montana.
On Trails.com you will find many segments of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail in every state it runs through, and each Continental Divide Trail map is accompanied by a detailed route description, complete driving directions, and a host of other materials.
Whether you are heading out for a short day trip or the adventure of a lifetime, have fun hiking the Continental Divide Trail!