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The Continental Divide Trail Project

We sent 209 readers out to GPS the Continental Divide Trail, the biggest, baddest, long-distance path of them all. They brought back the makings of the first authoritative map of this American classic. Here, read the Backpacker Blog on the project, and view three exclusive on-the-trail video.

by: The Backpacker Editors


Views of the CDT
Hit the trail with Backpacker editors and readers as they cover 3,100 miles for the Continental Divide Trail Project.


Continental Divide Trail: Amazing Views
Hike the trail with the CDT team and see the amazing vistas that they encountered.

Continental Divide Trail: Wildlife
Hikers weren't the only ones on the CDT. Hit the trail and see some of the wildlife the team saw.

Continental Divide Trail: The Teams
Meet the Montana and Idaho team on the CDT trail.

The CDT Blog
Learn about the project in Backpacker's exclusive blog coverage of the effort to map the Continental Divide Trail.

Feature Story
The CDT Project
We sent 209 readers out to GPS the Continental Divide Trail, the biggest, baddest long-distance path of them all. They brought back the makings of the first authoritative map of this American classic. These are their stories–and their favorite sections.

See complete GPS-enabled trip reports from the our CDT map correspondents.

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ben cerise
Dec 03, 2011

Was this project ever finished?

ben cerise
Dec 03, 2011

Was this project ever finished?

Sep 15, 2009

Check out the new zoomable, printable Continental Divide Trail map at:

No Trail Name Yet
Sep 09, 2009

New guy here. I have set a goal to hike the CDT by my 55th birthday. I just turned 50 and I'll need that much time to undo 30 years of neglect to my body.

It would be nice if everyone involved would stop acting like the "intelligence" community just before 9/11. Start talking, communicating and coordinating. Turf wars and ego trips are for weak-minded people. GET IT MAPPED!

5 cents
Jun 14, 2009

So what ever happened to the CDT Project? I've not been able to fine a final summary on the project. Has BP published a book or mag on the topic with consolidated trail info? Just wondering.

Tray Lindsey
May 16, 2008

Hi, I am wanting to heop make history and vounteer to help map out part of the CDT. I have quite a bit of experiance and would love to be part of rhe team. How can I help? Please email me at Thanks Tray

May 14, 2008

I'm not certain your "lottery" was the best way to publicize the CDT and the efforts for the CDTA. I too participated in charting a portion of this trail....I was fortunate enough, through the CDTA, to meet and work with experienced trail engineers from the forestry department as well as BLM officials. It seems while Backpacker magazine and a few fortunate individuals are patting themselves on the back for a job well done, they fail to mention the CDTA and its volunteers. These are the people who made this trail a national treasure...not a contest.

Team 51a
Apr 22, 2008

Why hurry when you're in heaven?

Cory Lampert (Team 42)
Apr 21, 2008

Seriously though,team 43 the video is great! We'll be back to the CDT this summer if Backpacker needs any more volunteers to finish up the loose ends.

Steve Silberberg (Team 43: S^3)
Apr 15, 2008

Hey Team 42, we never claimed to hike the most miles -- the only crime we're guilty of is being the sexiest (and most humble) team on the CDT. Oh, and your fibulas tasted my-T-fine!

Cory Lampert (Team 42)
Apr 14, 2008

Hey Team 43, what's up with that "joke", eh? Team 42 totally rocked the MT/ID border despite all sorts of challenges and SIX more miles than your measly 55... Consider the gauntlet thrown- we'll take you on anytime!


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