Continental Divide Trail Bloggers

Training Hike #1: The Ocean to Lake Trail

Training Hike #1: The Ocean to Lake Trail

Night one: Around 8 p.m. Vince Strawbridge says goodbye as he drops me off at the Nane trailhead on Lake Okeechobee. I watch as he drives away and my eyes...

Feb 6, 2019 : Matt Robbins
What Does It Take to Successfully Thru-Hike?

What Does It Take to Successfully Thru-Hike?

Salt Lake City, Jan. 21, 2019: What does it take to successfully thru-hike? From my perspective, there are three key factors that contribute to the completion of a thru-hike. The...

Jan 21, 2019 : Caroline "Earthcake"
The Life-Changing Addiction of Thru-Hiking

The Life-Changing Addiction of Thru-Hiking

Salt Lake City, Jan. 21, 2019: The countdown has started. At the end of April---roughly three months from now---I will get dropped off at the Mexican border. Again! The Thru-Hike...

Jan 21, 2019 : Caroline "Earthcake"
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