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Continental Divide Trail Planning
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This page was created by and is maintained by David "Rainmaker" Mauldin. To contact me, use the email link at the bottom of the page.
Sly hiked the CDT in 2002, and posted this information previously on CDT-L. It has been reproduced here with his permission. He also completed the AT in 1998 and the PCT in 2000, and he has agreed to answer questions for future CDT hikers. He can be reached at Slyatpct@aol.com .
www.backcountry.net/arch/cdt/ - Here you can read everything that's ever
been written on the CDT-L since day one. Jim and Ginny Owen put together a series of
posts that are most helpful, click on the year 2000 to find their series
www.cdtsociety.org - This is your next stop. The Continental Divide Trail Society is the "hikers" organization, where you can order maps and the CDTS guidebooks, compiled by Jim Wolf and other society members. I'm sure you probably know already, but the CDT is unlike the AT or PCT since it not a completed trail. There
is no singular path from Mexico to Canada, or visa versa, and you're free to
walk where you choose, not including private property, of course. The CDTS
route, although not "official" in many places, is generally considered the
most scenic with the least amount of paved road walking. Jim Wolf has been
dedicated to the trail for the last 25 years and was instrumental in making
the CDT a national scenic trail.
www.cdtrail.org - An upstart, has been around about 7 years. They work
closely with the government organizations such as the US Forest Service to put a
trail in place where there isn't any. Perhaps more politically correct,
hikers aren't their only interest. They offer a series of "official"
guidebooks that aren't worth much unless you like heavy paper and pretty
pictures. However, there is lots info on their website that you may find
useful including a list of land management agencies.
phlumf.com/cdt/cdt/htm - Jonathan Ley hiked the trail in 2001 and offers a
complete set of printable maps on compact disc. These maps are the best
things to hit the planet, although you may want to back them up in certain
areas with TI, FS, BLM or USGS maps. Also, his journal is one of the best
I've ever read on any trail and is a must read.
http://www.wy.blm.gov/recreation/cdnst/ - The BLM CDT Wyoming website
with a list of important water sources where there isn't any.
- Tom Bombaci's page is an important resource for New Mexico.
In addition, links are shown below (at CDT-L Archives) for articles written by Jim & Ginny Owen:
Towns: http://www.backcountry.net/arch/cdt/01/msg00140.html (Follow the
thread for additional hiker input.)
Mileage / Town Guide: http://www.backcountry.net/arch/cdt/01/msg00142.html
Planning, Learning, Doing: http://www.backcountry.net/arch/cdt/01/msg00166.html
CDT Hikers' Journals, Photos, Web Sites:
Blisterfree's New Mexico Journal
Mark Porter's & James McCreight's 2003 CDT Hike
Blisterfree's CDT Photos
Stephen Martin's CDT Photos
Rainmaker's 2003 CDT Hike (Copper Mtn. - Durango)
Brawny's 2003 CDT Hike (Copper Mtn. - Durango)
Ken & Marcia Powers 2002 CDT Hike
Charlotte's & Jerome's 2002 CDT Hike
Ben "Cobweb" Curtis 2002 CDT Photos
Annie's & The Salesman 2002 CDT Journal (Ann & Larry McDuff)
Anneliese's 2002 CDT Hike
Fiddlehead & Pieps 2002 Hike
Jonathan Ley's 2001 CDT Hike
Brian Robinson's 2001 Calendar Triple Crown
Greyhound Bus Lines
Water / Snow Levels:
Montana / Idaho
Permits & Backcountry Regulations:
Glacier National Park
Yellowstone National Park
Rocky Mountain National Park
CDT Resupply Addresses - (Furnished by Doug Walsh)
Essay on Long Distance Hiking by Wayfaring Bern
Kam & Miracle Mike's Resupply Info at CDT-L Archives
Trail Town Websites
Triple Crown List at ALDHA West
Web Cams Near The CDT
CDT Maps By State
CDT Weather (For Towns Near Trail)
Excellent Article About Giardia
If anyone has additional information and / or links, please send them to me as email at:
Many thanks to those who have taken the time to provide these valuable information resources to the hiking public. Anyone who does not want his or her name, information, organization, or web site listed here, email me using the above link and I'll be happy to remove it from the page; all you need to do is ask.