Updated: Apr 3, 2018 @ 10:32 am

Hiking the Continental Divide Trail

Hiking the Continental Divide Trail in 2016 would rate as one of the toughest thing I have ever done in my life. I documented my hike as a daily journal. Everyday I wrote about what I was seeing and experiencing on the hike. Often I was too exhausted to write about the day but I persevered. This is the result.

Any hiker contemplating this hike might find it useful to read all the blog posts listed below. If after reading the blog posts you still have questions then let me know. I would be happy to help any future hiker in any way possible. Just let me know.

HIking the Continental Divide Trail

Continental Divide Trail Blog – Pre Hike

Hiking The CDT
Resupply for the CDT
Continental Divide Trail Hiking Gear List
Preparing for the CDT
CDT Trail Days

Hiking the Continental Divide Trail – New Mexico

Day 20 Pie Town to the Ranch
Day 21 Roads Storms and Clouds
Day 22 Looking Forward
Day 23 Into the Town of Grants
Day 24 Rest and Recovery
Day 25 Don’t pick up hitchhikers
Day 26 The Sport of Postholing
Day 27 I love New Mexico
Day 28 Storms and Snakes
Day 29 Outrunning the Storms
Day 30 Rest Day in Cuba
Day 31 Into the Cold Mountains
Day 32 Snowy Mountains to Red Rock Canyons
Day 33 Ghost Ranch
Day 34 Onto the Colorado Plateau
Day 35 Lost in the Snow
Day 36 Is that a Wolf
Day 37 I Just Walked Across New Mexico
Day 38-40 Rest Days in Chama


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Hiking the Continental Divide Trail – Colorado

Day 65 Hike Naked day
Day 66 Into Twin Lakes for a rest
Day 67 Too Tired to continue
Day 68 I just hiked 1000 miles but I’m still in pain
Day 69 From great to average
Day 70 It’s time for a rest
Day 71-76 Back on Trail
Day 77 My favourite section of trail so far
Day 78 Climbing to the highest point of the CDT
Day 79 This trail is brutal
Day 80 Down and Up of trail life
Day 81 Three beers on a hot day
Day 82-83 Back to the Mountains
Day 84 The Last of the tall peaks
Day 85 From the mountains to the plains
Day 86 The kindness of strangers
Day 87 Last Day in Colorado


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Hiking the Continental Divide Trail – Wyoming

Day 103 Rest Day in Pinedale
Day 104 Feeling better back on trail
Day 105 High Glacial Mountains to Green river valleys
Day 106 Fires and flowers
Day 107 I’m hungry
Day 108 Togwotee Lodge food break
Day 109 There’s a bear in my campsite
Day 110 Hiking Yellowstone National Park
Day 111 When Grizzlies attack
Day 112 Trail Reunion
Day 113 Valley of the Geysers




Hiking the Continental Divide Trail – Idaho

Day 121 Long days of rolling hills
Day 122 2000 miles plus
Day 123 Leadore Idaho
Day 124 Tired again
Day 125 Following in Lewis and Clark footsteps
Day 126 Roadwalk Detour
Day 127 Last full day in Idaho



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Hiking the Continental Divide Trail – Montana

Day 148 A cold day hiking in the snow and mud
Day 149 Brutally cold
Day 150 To East Glacier
Day 151-153 Retreat from the Mountains
Day 154 Still the wind is too strong
Day 155-158 Waiting out the bad weather
Day 159 Dangerous Snow covered Trail
Day 160 Triple Divide Pass
Day 161 Surprising a Grizzly Bear while hiking
Day 162 A Perfect Day
Day 163 Almost in Canada
Day 164 I just hiked from Mexico to Canada on the CDT



CDT hiking gear list

Post Trail

CDT Gear Review
Hints and Tips for hiking the CDT
My current Lightweight Hiking Gear List

Are you planning to hike the CDT? Do you have a Question? Leave me a message in the comments section below.

More great hiking stuff:

Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail
Hiking the Appalachian Trail
Lightweight Hiking Gear List
BikeHikeSafari Hiking Page

32 Responses

  1. Ole

    Greetings from Norway!
    Me and a friend are planning to do the CDT next summer, but we have already started to look into things. We are wondering what you did regarding maps? Are they easy to buy as you get into towns, or did you order them in advance? We have found some useful stuff online, but those are hardly what we will bring with us on the hike. Also, what was aproximately the longest stretch withouth resupplying?


    • BikeHikeSafari

      If you look at the blog post tips on the CDT which is linked on this page, you will see info on maps. I used smartphone maps only, no paper maps. Not too many people carry printed paper maps on the CDT but that us your choice of you do or not. My longest food carry between resupply was 200 miles, 320km. I hiked that distance in 7 days.

  2. Paula Mills

    entries are showing up as not found! i hadn’t finished reading them all yet. i think the links were still working two weeks ago.

    • BikeHikeSafari

      I will check when I get good wifi in about 4-5 days. Normally if you scroll to the bottom of the post there should be an arrow left or right indicating the next post or previous post. Sorry for the inconvenience, thanks for pointing it out.

    • BikeHikeSafari

      Hi Paula, I think I fixed the problem, let me know if it is still not working. Thanks

  3. Mike M

    Hey Brad – love the redesign, just as others have said.

    Got my latest Backpacker Magazine the other day – you’re picture is in it! Your celebration at the northern terminus is on the back page of the mag. Very cool!

    God speed, mate. Hope you’re enjoying your time off.

    Mike M, Riverside, CA

    • BikeHikeSafari

      Thank Mike, the new design is a work in progress. I’m enjoying learning new things about the cyber world. It was very cool to be in such a prestigious hiking magazine. Maybe another photo in there this time next year after hiking the AT. Take care and have a nice festive season. I’m back in the bike now.

  4. BeeKeeper

    Your dedication has not gone unnoticed. I appreciate the detail and will continue to refer interested hikers. Kudos! Looking forward to being a part of your continued journey.

  5. tjmark

    Seeing the hike all layer out like this really illustrates what a impressive accomplishment it is. Congratulations again!

  6. idlewildandpawprints

    I followed your CDT thru-hike daily and had read your PCT journal before you started the CDT. It has been great to follow along through all the tough times and the good and I look forward to following your hike on the AT next year. I will be starting the CT mid-July for 5 weeks and hope to keep up with journal posts on my blog daily too. Thanks for sharing the adventures with us

    • BikeHikeSafari

      Thanks for the kind words. You will love the CT. I’m looking at doing more hiking after the AT next year. I’m torn between the the CT, Wonderland Trail or GDT in Canada. I’m leaning towards the CT, even though I’ve hiked a lot of it when it joins with the CDT.

  7. philhalpin

    Your trek was awesome. I had nothing but admiration for the strength and resilience you demonstrated. I waited expectantly for each post or series when they arrived together. And I enjoyed them enormously.
    Good luck with whatever you do next – AT? I look forward to reading it and coming along for the adventure.

    • BikeHikeSafari

      Thanks fir the kind words Phil. Yes I will be hiking the AT next year. First I’ll cycle through parts of Mexico.

  8. Pansyshell

    I sooo enjoyed following you live your dream….many a day I thought: he’s gonna be too tired to blog the next day, and sure enough…..Old faithful, you are the inspiration for us deciding to pursue our dream to do the Ozzie Big Lap(in a vehicle haha) But we did a lot do cycling in Tasmania soon after your trip. We live in South Africa.

    • BikeHikeSafari

      Thanks for the kind words. Yes many days I was too tired to write, sometimes the blog post reflects that. The big lap around Oz is a great dream, glad you have the chance to do it.

  9. Alison

    Just saw your completion pic of the CDT in the latest issue of Backpacker magazine. Congrats! Hope you are doing well. 🙂

    • BikeHikeSafari

      Thanks, Alison. I’m fine. That was cool that they published the photo. Hope you are doing well.

    • BikeHikeSafari

      Thanks Margaret. I’m in Mexico, I’ll be cycling around the countryside. Not sure where I’ll be for the festive season, I’ll let serendipity be my guide.

  10. Roy

    Can’t wait for you next adventure, have been following you since your first day on the PCT..

    • BikeHikeSafari

      Thanks Roy. I’ll writing about my cycling in Mexico in the upcoming weeks. Stay tuned.


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