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The CDTC helps acts as a larger umbrella group for the CDT overall and does a fantastic job to help herd cats.
Primary Concerns of CDT hikers Most aspiring thru-hikers of the CDT have a few key concerns.
A GPS will pinpoint your exact position on the map.
Many GPS units also have software that allows to you load in maps.
Creators of a similar Colorado Trail map book, these maps show the designated corridor of USFS route. A new map book called “The Continental Divide Trail – Popular Alternates” is also available for taking some popular alternate routes.
Many hikers have reported success using these maps for the designated CDT corridor and spoke highly of the maps.
The beauty of the CDT can rival or even surpass the designated CDNST in places. The CDTC works directly with government agencies, outdoor groups and communities to help protect the trail and helps provide a strong voice for the CDT community.
In other locations, the CDT is sometimes shorter, sometimes easier, a little less scenic and sometimes more straight forward than the designated route. The Continental Divide Trail Society is the advocacy group for the CDT that is the older of two current trail orgs. The CDTS typically defines a route that may be a bit more off the beaten path.
This navigation series by the Columbia River Orientation Club is very nice! These maps show several routes for the CDT and have made hiking the CDT less daunting.
A CD with the maps can be procured from Note that these maps may be printed with a purchase of Yogi’s book as well (see below).
Often a choice of routes is made due to weather, desire for resupply, fires, trail closures, floods, wanting to see certain highlights or “just because.” However, due to a multitude of resources now available regarding maps, GPS tracks, additional trail markings and so on, more people are * the designated USFS route vs. So now more people are attempting to hike the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail vs. The CDNST is the designated trail put in place by the USFS.