The Colorado Rockies are the quintessential CDT experience! With more than a thousand summits topping 10,000 feet, Colorado truly is a Rocky Mountain high. The CDT traverses 800 miles of these majestic and challenging peaks dotted with abandoned homesteads, ghost towns, and remnants of Native Americans and settlers who flocked here to mine gold and silver.
The CDT winds through some of Colorado’s most incredible landscapes: the spectacular alpine tundra of the South San Juan, Weminuche, and La Garita Wildernesses where the CDT remains at or above 11,000 feet for nearly 70 miles, remnants of the late 1800’s ghost town of Hancock that served the Alpine Tunnel, the awe-inspiring Collegiate Peaks near Leadville, the highest city in America, geologic oddities like The Window, Knife Edge, and Devil’s Thumb, the towering 14,270 foot Grays Peak – the highest point on the CDT, Rocky Mountain National Park with its rugged snowcapped skyline, the remote Never Summer Wilderness, and the braod valleys and numerous glacial lakes and cirques of the Mount Zirkel Wilderness.
Trail Status—January 2013 Out of the estimated 800 miles of the CDT in Colorado, 150 miles still need to be completed.