Six months, 3,100 miles, and 5 states. It’s the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail (CDT), the third in the Triple Crown of Long Distance Hiking Trails in the United States. Following the Continental Divide of the Americas from Canada to the north and Mexico to the south, it is considered the highest, most challenging and most remote of our National Scenic Trails. The end-to-end trek takes you through Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico, and at the present time, is about 70% completed with dedicated trails and small roads. Challenges include elevation changes from 4,000 to 14,000 feet, potential wildlife encounters including javelinas in New Mexico and grizzly bears in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho, weather variation from snow to sunshine and everything in between, and water scarcity. Definitely a trip that requires a lot of planning for this ambitious thru-hike!