Bart Smith Photography

​Walking Down a Dream

​Continental Divide Trail

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    Before the wall.
    Alamo Hueco Mountains viewed though octillo cactus from the C.D.T. near Big hatchet Mountains. Four miles from the CDT southern terminus. NM.
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    Riding the magic crapper
    Infinite Dust relaxing on Porcelain display along road walk section of the C.D.T. south of Silver City, NM.
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    Desert Pete
    Aldo Leopold Wilderness.
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    Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument, New Mexico.
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    Tumbleweed Junction
    Road section of CDT north of Pie Town, New Mexico.
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    From Stone
    Broken lava field and La Vieja Sandstone Bluff in evening light, El Malpais National Monument. NM.
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    Ghost amongst Ghosts
    Ghost trees along the CDT near the bear mouth overlook, New Mexico.
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    Tortured Beauty
    The twin peaks of Cerro Cuate from mesa above Rio Puerco near the CDT. NM.
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    My followers
    Local horses in Rio Puerco Valley on the trail following Infinite Dust, New Mexico.
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    Eroded badlands with Hoodoos and distant Cabezon Peak along Mesa San Luis north of Torreon Road Junction. NM.
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    Boney Fingers
    Juniper and sheep bones from near the CDT along the Mesa San Luis. NM
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    Rio Chama Valley viewed from along the CDT, South San Juan Wilderness, Rocky Mtns Co.
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    Edge of Somewhere
    Lone Elk above snow field. South San Juan Wilderness, Rocky Mtns Co. June
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    Tunnel of Days Gone By
    Abandoned rails along the Creed cut-off. Colorado.
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    Sombrero Grande
    Snow Mesa. Colorado.
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    August Surprise
    Late August snow squall obscures "The Needles" at Nebo Pass, Weminuche Wilderness, Co.
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    Lone Survivor
    Pine forest decimated by Pine Bark Beetle Blight. Weminuche Wilderness, Co.
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    Jaws of Once Life
    Elk Skull along Snow Mesa.
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    Still Rock
    Balanced rock, eroded area above the CDT near San Luis Peak. La Garita Wilderness, Gunnison National Forest, Co. .
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    "Please do not Disturb"
    Morning view of Texas Lake along the CDT. Sawatch Range, San Isabel National Forest, Colorado.
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    Mountain Goofs
    Mountain Goat from the Continental Divide Trail along Teller Mountain, Arapaho National Forest. Colorado.
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    Prayers in Waiting
    Prayer Flags, Greys and Torreys Peaks from Continental Divide Trail atop Mt Edwards. Morning. Arapaho National Forest. Colorado. Greys Peak is the highest point (14,270') on the CDT and entire National Scenic Trail System,
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    Zen o'clock high
    Cloud over Mount Bethel from CDT heading up Herman Gulch. Arapaho National Forest. Colorado.
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    Neener Neener
    Bull Moose in willows near Junco Lake. Arapaho National Forest. Colorado.
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    Forest on Life Support
    The Pine Bark Beetle is killing vast forests of Lodge Pole Pine. From the CDT above Granby Lake. Arapaho National Forest. Colorado.
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    On the Boulevard
    The CDT emblem on the boardwalk guides the way along the mainstreet of Grand Lake, Colorado.
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    Monet Ishness
    Trees reflected in unnamed lake from the CDT north of Buffalo Pass. Park Range Routt National Forest, Co.
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    Lazy Lightening
    Afternoon lightening storm just south of "The Dome" from the CDT south of Lost Ranger Peak. Park Range Routt National Forest, Co.
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    Elk herd, north of Dome Peak. Routt National Forest, Co.
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    Earth to Sky
    Metamorphic rock on the Continental Divide, Medicine Bow National Forest, Wyoming.
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    Track n Time
    Antelope track and piece of petrified wood in windblown and baked ground. From the Continental Divide Trail along the Great Divide Basin. Wyoming.
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    Evening Strobe
    Sun setting over the distant Wind River Range from near the CDT east of Bare Ring Butte along the Great Divide Basin. Silhouette of Bare Ring Butte seen in foreground.
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    Heart Soar
    Juvenile Golden Eagle, overhead along the CDT through the Great Divide, Wyoming.
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    Left Behind
    Ghost town of South Pass City, Wyoming.
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    Fly on the Horizon
    Tarn and Southern Wind River Range from the Fremont Trail section of the CDT. Sunrise Bridger-Teton National Forest, Wyoming.
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    Indian Paint #1
    "Painting" with Indian Paint Brush. Below Hat Pass along the Fremont Trail section of the CDT. Wind River Range. Bridger-Teton National Forest. Wyoming.
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    Indian Paint #2
    "Painting" with Indian Paint Brush. Below Hat Pass along the Fremont Trail section of the CDT. Wind River Range. Bridger-Teton National Forest.
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    Billows of Grandeur
    Sun setting in forest fire smoke over Senaca Lakes Basin from Lester Pass. Lester Pass is the highest elevation of the CDT in the Wind River Range ( ll, 120 FT) Along the Highline Trail section of the CDT. Wind River Range. Bridger-Teton National Forest.
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    Lakes of Smoke
    Senaca Lakes Basin under smoke from forest fire from Lester Pass. Lester Pass is the highest elevation of the CDT in the Wind River Range ( ll, 120 FT) Along the Highline Trail section of the CDT. Wind River Range. Bridger-Teton National Forest.
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    Wyoming in the Soles
    Squaretop Mountain reflected in Green River along the Highline Trail section of the CDT. Wind River Range. Bridger-Teton National Forest, Wyoming.
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    Head in the Clouds... again
    Infinite Dust with his head in the clouds... again.
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    Feather in Shoshone Lake. Yellowstone National Park. Wyoming
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    Old Faithful Village and crowds viewing Old Faithful Geyser from observation point. Yellowstone National Park. Wyoming
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    One with the Morning
    Wolf. Yellowstone NP, Wyoming. Thank You T.J.!
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    Bull Elk in Madison River. Yellowstone NP.
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    Yellowstone Still Life
    Lodgepole pine snags on shore of Summit Lake along the Summit Lake. Morning Yellowstone National Park. Wyoming
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    A State of Line
    Border rocks designating crossing of The Continental Divide Trail from Wyoming to idaho. Yellowstone National Park. Wyoming
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    Crashin' at Macks Inn. Idaho.
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    "This ain't nothin' buddy"
    Pika from the CDT near Squaw Mountain in the Beaverhead Mountains in the Bitterroot Range, Beaverhead National Forest, Montana.
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    Lassoing the Moon
    Full moon rising through Lodgepole pine burned along the CDT. Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness, Montana.
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    Locked in Revelry
    Upturned roots on shore of Surprise Lake. Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness, Montana.
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    September Morn
    Morning light on Warren Peak from across Warren Lake. Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness, Montana.
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    Heart shaped stone near shore of Warren Lake. Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness, Montana.
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    Get used to It
    September snow falling on CDT along Thunderbolt Mountain. Deerlodge National Forest. Montana.
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    Movin On
    Camouflaged into terrain along Bighorn Creek. Scapegoat Wilderness, Montana.
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    Misfit Magnet
    Saloon in Elliston Montana. Eliston is a supply pickup point for many thru-hikers as it is close to the CDT.
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    Ears to You!
    Whitetail near Landers Fork trail junction along Bighorn Creek. Scapegoat Wilderness, Montana.
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    A Prayer from the Great Divide
    Chinese Wall, Bob Marshall Wilderness, Montana.
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    High Fiven
    Dragonfly, Bob Marshall Wilderness, Montana.
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    Weathered Pine on lower slopes of Mount Henry along the CDT north of East Glacier, Glacier National Park, Montana.
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    Rock Wood Wind
    Flinsch Peak through weathered Krummholz on Pitamakan Pass. Glacier National Park, Montana.
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    Female grizzly bear on the CDT near Swiftcurrent Lake. Glacier National Park. Montana
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    Continental Divide Trail symbol. Centennial Mountains. Targhee National forest. Montana/Idaho

Summary of the Trail

1978 - Contintental Divide NST

This challenging trail more than fulfills hikers' dreams of journying along North America's mountain backbone. Extending from Canada to Mexico, the "CDT" crosses many ecosystems from tundra to desert.  It hosts a rich variety of wildlife and links together hundreds of natural, cultural, and historical assets.  Considered one of the great long-distance trails of the world - together with the Pacific Crest and the Appalachian NSTs, one of hiking's "Triple Crown" - it is the most remote of the NSTs.  In the mid 1970s, Baltimore lawyer and Appalachian Trail though-hiker, Jim Wolf, hiked part of this route and became so enamored with it that he published a guidebook and advocated for its establishment as a NST.  In 1976, the BOR completed the feasibility study and noted that the scenic quality of the trail was superlative.  Today the Trail is administered by the USDA Forsest Service in partnership with both the Continiental Divide Trail Coalition and the Continental Divide Trail Society. Both groups catalyze public awareness and voluteer enthusiasm of the Trail in the five states it crosses.