Hiking the Continental Divide Trail

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Map of our CDT Thru-hike: Hiking the Continental Divide Trail

Packing Food and Supplies for our hike: Hiking the Continental Divide Trail

Preparing for the hike - packing resupply boxes

Getting in shape on the stairmaster: Hiking the Continental Divide Trail

Working out on the stairmaster was important prep for hike.

Supply packages ready to go: Hiking the Continental Divide Trail

Twenty-nine resupply boxes packed and ready to go!

Map of the First Leg of our CDT thru-hike: Hiking the Continental Divide Trail

Start Point Mexican Border: Hiking the Continental Divide Trail

April 1st Start Point - Mexican Border south of Columbus, NM

Hiking past the Florida Mountains: Hiking the Continental Divide Trail

Hiking past the Florida Mountains with the early morning sun.

Crossing the Gila River: Hiking the Continental Divide Trail

Jen wades across the Gila River in southern New Mexico

Bloody Blisters: Hiking the Continental Divide Trail

Bloody blisters in the early weeks of the hike.

Gila Cliff Dwellings: Hiking the Continental Divide Trail

The trail winds past the Gila Cliff Dwellings, New Mexico

Snow in the El Malpais National Monument: Hiking the Continental Divide Trail

Snowy and slippery trails in the El Malpais National Monument

Rocky Outcrop in the Navaho Reservation: Hiking the Continental Divide Trail

A rocky outcrop in the Navaho Reservation

Chama River Valley: Hiking the Continental Divide Trail

Easy walking through the beautiful Chama River Valley, NM

Deep snow on Mogote Ridge in northern NM: Hiking the Continental Divide Trail

Deep snow without snowshoes on Mogote Ridge, Northern NM

Boot repair on the trail: Hiking the Continental Divide Trail

Boot repairs by Art Freeman before 2nd Leg of the hike (CO)

Calling National Forest Service Rangers: Hiking the Continental Divide Trail

Planning our route across the Great Divide Basin, WY

Map of Leg 2 of our CDT thru-hike: Hiking the Continental Divide Trail

Crossing the Red Desert: Hiking the Continental Divide Trail

Crossing the Red Desert in the Great Divide Basin (WY)

A Spring in the Red Desert: Hiking the Continental Divide Trail

Greg douses his head at a spring in the Red Desert (WY)

Cafe in Wamsutter WY: Hiking the Continental Divide Trail

Good food and plenty of it at the Wamsutter WY Cafe

Overland Stage Route: Hiking the Continental Divide Trail

We followed the Overland Stage Route south of Wamsutter WY

Arid ranchland south of Wamsutter WY: Hiking the Continental Divide Trail

Arid ranchland south of Wamsutter, Wyoming

Snowshoeing through the Zirkel Mountains CO: Hiking the Continental Divide Trail

Climbing into the Zirkel Mountains, Wyoming

Wyoming Colorado State Line: Hiking the Continental Divide Trail

Snowshoeing into Colorado on a nine-foot base of snow

Steamboat Lake Outfitters CO: Hiking the Continental Divide Trail

The friendly staff of the Steamboat Lake Outfitters CO

Map and compass in Colorado: Hiking the Continental Divide Trail

Checking the map in the Rabbit Ear Range, CO

Bowen Pass CO: Hiking the Continental Divide Trail

Snowshoe to the top of Bowen Pass, CO

Unfordable River in Rocky Mountain Natl Park: Hiking the Continental Divide Trail

Un-fordable river in Rocky Mountain National Park (CO)

Ptarmigan Pass CO: Hiking the Continental Divide Trail

An easy GPS reading on Ptarmigan Pass, CO

Map of Leg 3 of our CDT thru-hike: Hiking the Continental Divide Trail

Rolling hills of Helena National Forest, MT: Hiking the Continental Divide Trail

Easy hiking but misleading NF maps in Helena Natl Forest, MT

Big Sky Country in Montana: Hiking the Continental Divide Trail

Camping in Big Sky Country, Montana

Ridge walking through the Black Mountains, MT: Hiking the Continental Divide Trail

Ridge-walking on Black Mountain, Montana

Holding packs high for stream crossing in Bob Marshall Wilderness: Hiking the Continental Divide Trail

Carrying packs over stream in Bob Marshall Wilderness CO

Horse Packers in Bob Marshall Wilderness Area: Hiking the Continental Divide Trail

Horse Packer in the Bob Marshall Wilderness Area, MT

Chinese Wall in Bob Marshall Wilderness Area: Hiking the Continental Divide Trail

Hiking past the Chinese Wall in the Bob Marshall Wilderness

Burnt forest in the Scapegoat Wilderness: Hiking the Continental Divide Trail

Burnt forest in the Scapegoat Wilderness Area, MT

Glacier National Park: Hiking the Continental Divide Trail

Hiking through Glacier National Park, CO

Glacier National Park: Hiking the Continental Divide Trail

Stunning scenery in the Glacier National Park, MT

Grizzly track in Glacier National Park: Hiking the Continental Divide Trail

Grizzly tracks were common in Glacier National Park, MT

Lingering snow in Glacier National Park: Hiking the Continental Divide Trail

Lingering snow in the high passes of Glacier Natl Park, MT

Beautiful landscapes in Glacier National Park: Hiking the Continental Divide Trail

Stunning scenery in Glacier National Park, MT

One Hiker Bridge: Hiking the Continental Divide Trail

Narrow bridge over high river gorge, Glacier Natl Park, MT

Reaching the Canadian Border: Hiking the Continental Divide Trail

Reaching the Canadian Border ends the Third Leg of the hike.

Map of Leg 4 of our CDT thru-hike: Hiking the Continental Divide Trail

Resting at Rainbow Pass MT: Hiking the Continental Divide Trail

Resting at Rainbow Pass in Anaconda-Pintlar Wilderness Area

Madison Plateau near Yellowstone Natl Park: Hiking the Continental Divide Trail

Remnants of an earlier fire on Madison Plateau, Yellowstone

Jennifer in Yellowstone National Park WY: Hiking the Continental Divide Trail

Saphire Pool in Biscuit Basin in Yellowstone National Park, WY

A swim in Shoshone Lake, Yellowstone National Park WY: Hiking the Continental Divide Trail

A mid-day dip in Shoshone Lake, Yellowstone Natl Park WY

Lakes of Yellowstone National Park: Hiking the Continental Divide Trail

Riverside trail in Yellowstone Natl Park, WY

Hiking Past Craggy Tetons: Hiking the Continental Divide Trail

Hiking past the craggy Tetons in Bridger-Teton NF, WY

Green River Valley WY: Hiking the Continental Divide Trail

Table Mountain in the Green River Valley, Wyoming

Shannon Pass WY: Hiking the Continental Divide Trail

Shannon Pass in the Wind River Range, Wyoming

South Pass Historical Marker, WY: Hiking the Continental Divide Trail

South Pass WY historical marker

Leg 5 map: Hiking the Continental Divide Trail

Colorado Trail near Copper Mountain CO: Hiking the Continental Divide Trail

Colorado Trail near Copper Mountain, Colorado

Colorado Trail Marker: Hiking the Continental Divide Trail

A trailhead near Copper Mountain Ski Resort, CO

Highest Point in Colorado, Mt Elbert: Hiking the Continental Divide Trail

From the highest point in Colorado, Mt Elbert (14,443 feet)

A fellow thru-hiker in Salida CO: Hiking the Continental Divide Trail

Aaron Sheaffer, a fellow thru-hiker, on break in Salida, CO

Light snow in San Juan Mountains CO: Hiking the Continental Divide Trail

Light snow in the San Juan Mountains north of Creede, CO

Resupply mail boxes in Creede CO: Hiking the Continental Divide Trail

Resupply boxes from the Creede, CO Post Office

Elk Eaten Trail Sign in San Juan Mountains CO: Hiking the Continental Divide Trail

Elk eaten sign in the San Juan Mountains south of Creede, CO

Wolf Creek Pass Roadsign of CDT: Hiking the Continental Divide Trail

Roadside sign at Wolf Creek Pass, Colorado

A high rocky trail in the Southern San Juan Mountains CO: Hiking the Continental Divide Trail

A high rocky trail in the Southern San Juan Mountains, CO

Last morning of the hike, Southern San Juan Mountains, CO: Hiking the Continental Divide Trail

Our last morning on the hike, Southern San Juan Mountains CO

End of hike photo in Chama NM: Hiking the Continental Divide Trail

End of Hike photo with my mother, Lois, and sister, Linda