Hiking the Continental Divide: Grants to Cuba


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From Grants it’s back up into the mountains, specifically Taylor Mountain, the highest point of the CDT in New Mexico. The beauty of this stretch of the trail really surprised everyone but it was a welcome change from the austere beauty of the desert. Approaching Cuba the weather takes a change for the worse and I take shelter until I’m able to make the run into Cuba.

Any time you hear me refer to mileage while out on the trail just be aware I’m referring to the CDT mile markers in Guthooks. While out on the trail I did not keep track of my actual mileage vs trail mileage. The mileage noted at the end of each video is calculated from my GPS tracker and represents close to my actual mileage.

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The Continental Divide National Scenic Trail (in short CDT) is a United States National Scenic Trail with a length measured by the Continental Divide Trail Coalition of 3,028 miles (4,873 km) between the U.S. border with Chihuahua, Mexico and the border with Alberta, Canada. Frequent route changes and a large number of alternate routes result in the actual hiking distance to be between 2,700 miles (4,300 km) and 3,150 miles (5,070 km). The CDT follows the Continental Divide of the Americas along the Rocky Mountains and traverses five U.S. states — Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico. In Montana near the Canadian border the trail crosses Triple Divide Pass (near Triple Divide Peak, from which waters may flow to either the Arctic Ocean, Atlantic Ocean or Pacific Ocean.

The CDT is a combination of dedicated trails and small roads and about 70 percent completed. Portions designated as uncompleted must be traveled by roadwalking on dirt or paved roads.

The CDT was described in 2013 by a Triple Crown hiker as “Raw, wild, remote and unfinished; it is a trail that will make use of all the skills of an experienced backpacker. It is also a trail that is beautiful, stunning and perhaps the most rewarding of the major long-distance hiking trails.” Distances given are approximate as the trail is still being constructed in some areas and is sometimes re-routed.

0:00 Day Twenty Nine
3:53 Day Thirty
6:18 Day Thirty One
9:40 Day Thirty Two
12:30 Day Thirty Three
16:31 The Day it got Worse
21:46 Day Thirty Five
23:13 Cuba



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  • Enjoying watching your videos on traversing, both by motorcycle and by foot, the CDT. I grew up close to it so all very familiar with your experience. Keep the great videos coming. You have a good talent for providing this great content.

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