Colorado, the second state of the Continental Divide Trail (for northbound hikers), presents a set of new challenges for hikers leaving New Mexico. Hikers face elevation, snow, thunderstorms, cold, moose, recreational cannabis, and increased prices once they cross the border into Colorado from New Mexico.
The Colorado section of the CDT heads through the San Juan Mountains before heading north, at many points overlapping with the Colorado Trail, through Gunnison National Forest, past Mount Elbert (the highest peak in Colorado), over Grays Peak (the highest point on the CDT), through the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests, into Rocky Mountain National Park (the first national park heading northbound), into the Never Summer Wilderness, and then through the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and the Mount Zirkel Wilderness. I'm sure I'm missing a few forests or wilderness areas in there, but you get the picture – lots of nature.
If you are interested in a detailed account of my Continental Divide Trail hike through Colorado, check out these posts:
- CDT Week 6: The San Juans
- CDT Week 7: Big Decisions
- CDT Week 8: Three Is Company
- CDT Week 9: Moist Is Dead?
- CDT Week 10: Shortcuts to Town
- CDT Week 11: Farewell Moisture
Questions about the Continental Divide Trail through Colorado? Leave a comment below and let me know!