Continental Divide Trail
The Continental Divide Trail stretches from the border of New Mexico and Old Mexico north through Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho and Montana. The trail is estimated to be approximately 3,100 miles long. However, since the trail is approximately seventy percent complete the total distance is debatable. The majority of trail construction is completed by volunteers in the states the trail passes through and there has been substantial trail improvements since 2008. Some of the major volunteer projects along the Continental Divide Trail include a sixty mile section in the Colorado Rockies and another forty-mile section in Wyoming. As of 2011 approximately 2268 miles have been completed.
However you measure it, the Continental Divide Trail is a long, long, long walk through the most rugged and remote backpacking terrain in North America. The remoteness and unfinished nature of the Continental Divide Trail allows individuals the freedom to hike their own hike and experience unrivaled beauty and solitude in the rapidly disappearing North American wilderness.
In comparison to the Appalachian Trail and Pacific Crest Trail, which have hundreds of thru-hikers a year, the Continental Divide Trail has approximately 30 people per year attempt a terminus to terminus thru-hike in one season, and is arguably the most difficult of the National Scenic Long Trails Triple Crown because of the remoteness and navigational skills required to complete the journey. Some of the major obstacles backpackers must face are the distance, elements, wildlife and difficulty of re-supply. The thru-hike success rate is minimal and the difficulties presented along the way make completing the trail a combination of luck and tenacity.