Continental Divide Trail; MT, ID, WY, CO, NM
With iconic long-distance trails on either side of the country, it’s only natural that America’s rugged and remote interior spine has one, too. At 3,100 miles, the Continental Divide Trail is actually the longest of the three, crossing five of the emptiest and wildest states between Canada and Mexico. Once you’ve survived the unforgiving wilderness of Montana and Idaho, you go up against Wyoming’s Yellowstone National Park and the high Alpine tundra of Colorado, before finally reaching the Georgia O’Keefe landscapes of New Mexico. The CDT is known to test thru-hiker’s navigational skills but the reward is the sort of challenge and seclusion you won’t find on the Appalachian or Pacific Crest trails. The best stretch to tackle in a day is St. Mary Falls Trailhead in Montana, to Many Glacier Valley via Piegan Pass (15.6 miles one-way), which passes one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Glacier National Park.
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