Continental Divide Trail (New Mexico) Section Hike

September 26-October 1, 2020 - Registration OPEN

Registration OPEN
registration first request, first reserve

Register Now – CDT-NM Section Hike

minimum/maximum = 2/6
to confirm minimum course offering, registration closes September 5th

Section Hike Description:  The Continental Divide Trail stretches from the Mexican border to the Canadian border. In between is an ever-changing landscape. This section of the CDT is located in northern New Mexico and is as is diverse as it is beautiful. The hike begins with the green and lush plateau of the San Pedro Parks Wilderness where spruce, fir and oversized parks dot the landscape before transitioning to a drier climate of the Mesa del Camino and Rio Chama where sand, sagebrush and juniper fill the senses.

This backpacking adventure is a section of one segment of the trail – approximately 35-miles.

Backpackers registering for this extended hike should be in good physical condition prior to the hike start and should be ready to carry a backpack each day. The highest point of the trail is 10,550-feet and will be reached on the second day. We begin at 8,350-feet on day one; the lowest elevation is 6,650-feet and will be reached on our final morning. Wearing appropriate footwear is essential – expect to have wet feet in the parks of the wilderness area. Hikers are encouraged not to widen the trail by being unwilling to get their feet wet if the weather has been rainy.

This backpacking adventure will reward hikers with its overall length and immersion in the daily hiking routine, including daily backpacking skills, campsite selection, self care, orienteering skills and Leave No Trace principles.

CDT Section Hike – New Mexico – Itinerary

Hike Specific Details:

  • Average daily mileage – 8-miles.
  • Average temperature for Cuba/Skull Bridge area – low of 38-degrees to high of 71-degrees.
  • Campsites will be chosen daily, water sources unreliable, weather conditions unknown – this backpacking hike will focus on the fundamentals of a long hike and the decision making processes based on known and unknown conditions.
  • This segment hike is a tucked away jewel in New Mexico with a variety of scenery and a changing terrain. Because of this, there are short strenuous sections filled in with long meadows and a more relaxed landscape.
  • Leave No Trace practices will be followed throughout the backpacking hike.

When:  Hike officially begins on Sunday, September 27th and concludes on Thursday, October 1st.  A mandatory Meet and Greet will be scheduled Saturday, September 26th.

The Meet and Greet is the time we take to review what we are carrying in our backpacks, distribution of group gear and equipment, review of safety perimeters, as well as the final need to know of the backpacking adventure.  Plan to spend at least three hours during this time.

Cost:  $665 per person.

Includes:  All in the field meals and snacks, maps and a bootleg databook.  We also provide all essential group gear and equipment and personal gear as available.

All About Food: Nutritious! Filling! Yummy!

A menu will be provided approximately three weeks prior to the hike start. Our menu is designed to ensure nutrition, is not carbohydrate heavy but instead blends all nutritional needs including: fruits, vegetables, fats and proteins as well as carbohydrates. 

Breakfasts are generally quick, easy and include coffee or hot drinks.  A variety of items will be available for lunch.  Expect dinners to be a soup base. We have found that hearty, filling soups assist with ensuring you feel better, sleep better and maintain hydration. You won’t be hungry.

Allergy and dietary restrictions can be accommodated if we are advised in advance – like, when you register!

Gear and Equipment:  Registrants are expected to provide their own camping and personal gear. Equipment can be provided with prior request – typically no later than 14 days before the hike start. A complete list of suggested items will be provided following registration. Most, if not all, of the items needed are already in your closet.

Each evening, registrants will set up their own tents and sleeping accommodations.

Typical Hike Day:  Subject to change.

  • 6:30a – Morning wake-up call.
  • 7a – Coffee and breakfast served. Please be on time!
  • 8a to 4p – Hike, rest, eat – repeat, repeat, repeat.
  • 4p to 6p – This time is your free time to enjoy the landscape, read a book, write in your journal or take a nap.
  • 6p – Dinner served. Please be on time! Enjoy a big plate of delicious, nutritious, filling hot food.
  • After Dinner – Quiet time, free time.

Registration Considerations:  This section hike is a great opportunity to stretch beyond a “weekend hike” and to challenge what it means to hike longer distances.  The hike is open to any individual who is willing to put in the time and effort required for training for this adventure.  In other words, don’t plan to slink off the couch, pull on a day pack and intend to walk daily on trails with their traditional features of obstacles, hills and dirt.  We want everyone to be successful, but much of that success rests solely on your shoulders for building endurance and strength before you go.

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