Continental Divide Trail, from New Mexico to Montana, will challenge hikers

Bored with your extracurricular activities lately? Now’s the season to hike some outstanding Bureau of Land Management trails. While there are several trails the public can enjoy in the Las Cruces area, there’s one in southern New Mexico that will challenge a hiker’s skills and add some miles to their soles. We’re talking about the Continental Divide National Scenic...

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Unified Warrior Foundation plans Continental Divide Trail hike

Unified Warrior Foundation is planning a Continental Divide Trail hike, beginning in late March 2017. “Unless the issue of veteran suicide is constantly kept in the minds of Americans, it will silently disappear as many important issues do because of the vast amount of information we all have to compete with,” said Eshleman. “Keeping this issue alive is a fight in...

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Hopewell Lake provides historic setting for late fall hiking in Taos

Hillsides of bare aspen trees, with their alabaster trunks and rocky cliffs shining silent in the sun, mark the coming of late fall to Taos. With many sunny days ahead, this is a good time to visit the forest. Hopewell Lake Trail is located about an hour northwest of Taos past Tres Piedras in the Carson National Forest. In addition to being a beautiful trek through the...

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The Yellowstone River starts its great journey

Just off the Continental Divide, deep in Wyoming’s Absaroka Range and Teton Wilderness, Younts Peak brushes thin air at 12,156 feet. When the melt season arrives, snowfields in a cirque high up on the massif’s north face and other flanks are adorned with countless rivulets. Trickling off the snow, they weave in the mountain’s tundra, forming into small creeks as...

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The Third Trail

In 1968, the Appalachian and Pacific Crest Trails became the first “National Scenic Trails,” but ten years later Congress designated the third. Splitting the country’s midsection like a corkscrew, tight-roping the Rocky Mountains from Mexico to Canada, the 2,700-mile Continental Divide Trail is acclaimed as the third jewel in the hiking world’s Triple Crown. The CDT has...

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Unique characters abound on Continental Divide Trail

Through hikers, those hiking from the Mexican border to the Canadian border or vice versa, on the Continental Divide Trail are a loosely organized, yet tight knit group. Sometime around the second week of April, around 150 hikers depart from Silver City, N.M., bound for the Canadian border in Glacier National Park. Another 50 or so depart on the reverse journey. Of the...

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Long Trails and Wild Spaces

The sign at the trailhead stated: “Beware of mountain lions.” Next to it another sign was posted that warned about the dangers of and correct behavior in a bear encounter. You are entering the Continental Divide Trail, one of America’s longest and most challenging trails.Here on the Continental Divide Trail, mountain lions, bears, wolves-and even the...

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Help Build the Next 32 Miles of the CDT in Colorado

The Continental Divide Trail Coalition (CDTC), the lead National Partner for management of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail (CDT) has launched a new Fundraising campaign through Indiegogo titled “The Next 32 Miles” to raise funds to construct a 32 mile non-motorized section of the CDT on the Rio Grande National Forest near Saguache, CO. “The Next 32 Miles”...

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Couple rely on map and compass for thru-hike of Continental Divide Trail

From its southern terminus near the Mexican border, the Continental Divide Trail heads north across New Mexico toward Canada. In southern New Mexico, the route is almost entirely unmarked as it crosses semi-desert grasslands where much of the drinking water comes from watering troughs on cattle ranches, never mind the algae and scum. For Iris Russell, the landscape could...

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Film chronicles rigors of walking Continental Divide Trail

New Mexico is often described as lying along the “backbone” of North America — that is, the Rocky Mountain chain and the Continental Divide that separates the river waters of the Pacific Ocean from the Atlantic Ocean. A rough foot trail — the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail, often simply called the Continental Divide Trail or CDT — now parallels this backbone,...

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Itinerate hiker: Retired surgeon explores, volunteers on CDT

Eric White has hiked 8,500 miles. And his favorite mileage has been along the Continental Divide Trail. It’s what brings him to Butte, Montana every summer to volunteer on crews improving the trail. White, a retired orthopedic surgeon who lives in Williamstown, Mass., spends part of his summers in Butte volunteering with AmeriCorps to improve the trail. He first became...

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MWA travels to D.C. to promote trail

Representatives of the Montana Wilderness Association were in Washington, D.C., recently advocating for the Continental Divide Trail. Shannon Freix, Continental Divide Trail program manager, and John Gatchell, conservation director for MWA, were in D.C. as part of the 17th annual Hike the Hill event organized by the American Hiking Society and the Partnership for the...

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First K-9 completion of the Continental Divide Trail

Bethany Soxman and her Belgian Malinois, Grizby share their tale of thru-hiking the Continental Divide Trail together this past summer. The Continental Divide National Scenic Trail runs for 3,100 miles connecting Canada to Mexico along the continental divide. Help us congratulate Bethany and Grizby for what is believed to be the first canine thru-hike of the trail and an...

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New documentary celebrates the toughness of hiking the Continental Divide

The Continental Divide Trail Coalition (CDTC) in partnership with TBW Productions announces the hiking documentary “Embrace the Brutality – a Continental Divide Trail Adventure.” “Embrace the Brutality” captures the realities of one of the last great adventures – walking 3,100 miles along the “Backbone of America,” the Continental Divide National...

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Divide trail users poach signs for hiking momentos

Directional signs along the Continental Divide Trail in Colorado have been disappearing, according to Maura McKnight, executive director of Headwaters Trails Alliance. It is the assumption that people have been obtaining the signs, which feature the Continental Divide Trail logo, to serve as mementos. But the missing signs have been causing some hikers to get turned...

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Geography in the News: America’s Hiking Trails

Fall of each year, many long-distance hikers are finishing up their hikes for the year as winter approaches, while others are making plans to begin their odesseys the following spring. While many yearn to attempt long-distance hikes, most seldom complete their journeys. Even among those who do complete their dream, only a very few attempt to set records on their journey....

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Pair earn ‘triple crown,’ get engaged on Continental Divide Trail

They met on the Pacific Crest Trail, and by the time they completed the trek from Mexico to Canada, they were a couple. Adam Bridges and Brittney Yolo of Occidental, CA found a mutual love in hiking that didn’t stop with the five-month, 2,660-plus-mile journey through California desert, over the heights of the Sierra Nevada and into the Cascade mountain ranges of...

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Missoula duo completes 3,100-mile border-to-border trek on CDT

On Friday the 13th, Leland Earls and Rachel Renne ran out of trail. They also ran out of Continental Divide in the United States. It took 150 days to walk the spine of the nation, from the Mexican border to Waterton Lakes National Park in Canada. “The Pintlars, the Wind River Range, the San Juans, the Bob Marshall — it seems every big-name wilderness, we got to walk...

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An angel for trekkers

Wiffer’s Wayside is really just a condo. But for hikers trekking across North America on the Continental Divide Trail, it’s truly a luxury hotel. Sharon Henschen of Sidney, Ohio, is well-known to the hiking community as “Wiffer,” a trail name she was given because of her keen sense of smell. She makes her vacation condo – two miles north of Purgatory, CO at Durango...

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Mark Himmel honored for work on trails

Mark Himmel is no stranger to trail building and maintenance. As chairman of the Back Country Horsemen of Montana, Himmel, of Great Falls, has spent plenty of time maintaining old trails and building new ones. Nationally, the Back Country Horsemen are the leaders in volunteer trail maintenance. Statewide, the group does more than its fair share of work as well. In its 40...

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