The Continental Divide Trail is part of the Triple Crown of Hiking, and runs 3,100 miles through the Rocky Mountains, traversing five states- Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico. Unlike the AT and PCT, the CDT has multiple routes in many sections and requires extensive route finding using a map and compass in several sections. The trail is also far less traveled, offering a much more secluded Thoreauvian experience.
I nearly chose the CDT over the PCT to hike in 2017, but felt that it would be more responsible to go into the CDT with a bit more planning, using the experience gained from the PCT, my first western trail, on the more rugged of the two.
The trail runs through some of the most beautiful parts of the United States- Glacier National Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, Yellowsotne National Park and the Grand Tetons.