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Pfeisty's Continental Divide Trail 2013
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Pfeisty's CDT 2013 Itinerary
# Resupply Location Distance Days Zero
Notes/Mailing Info
1 Crazy Cook, NM (START) 83.1 0 0 Amtrak (Sunset-Limited) SuWeFr depart Palm Springs 12:36 am, Lordsburg 12:15 pm. Sam Huges pick-up at train station and ride to Crazy Cook. Bear Creek route from Crazy Cook to Lordsburg. Start slow 10 to 15 mpd MAX. 6 nights on trail.
2 Lordsburg, NM (on trail) 54.3 0 0 Walk thru town on BC route. Nearo in/out with 1 night motel, shower, laundry, restaurant, and grocery store resupply. BC route out of Lordsburg, Ley shortcut into Silver City. Avg 12 mpd with 3 nights on the trail.
3 Silver City, NM (on trail) 47.5 0 0 Walk thru town on Ley alignment. half day in/out of town, 1 night motel, shower, laundry, restaurant meals, and grocery store resupply. 1 float day in Silver City. BC out of Silver City, Ley route into Doc's.
4 Gila Hot Springs (Doc Campbells) 150 0 0 Half day into Docs. Pick-up BOX #1 at Doc Campbell's Post. 1 zero day to visit historic cliff dwellings and hot pools. Little Bear Canyon, Ley Route to Bursum Rd, BC to Hwy 12, Ley Route (Mangas Mt.) to Pie Town
5 Pie Town, NM (on trail) 72.8 0 0 Pick-up BOX #2, restaurant and whatever limited services are available. Pie Town to Grants: Ley Route from Pie Town, Detour Aldridge Petroglyph, BC from La Ventana to Grants (skip Zuni-Acoma crossing).
6 Grants, NM (on trail) 99.8 0 0 Town resupply in Grants. Grants to Cuba: Bear Creek route with Mt. Taylor alternate.
7 Cuba, NM (on trail) 46.3 0 0 Town resupply in Cuba. Cuba to Ghost Ranch: Bear Creek route to Chama River, Ley route into Ghost Ranch.
8 Ghost Ranch (on trail) 87 0 0 Pick-up BOX #3 with snow gear and ice axe at Ghost Ranch Conf. Ctr. - shower, food, internet. Ghost Ranch to Chama: Ley Route from Ghost Ranch, join BC route to Cubres Pass.
9 Chama, NM (via Cumbres Pass, CO) 55 0 0 C&T RR to Chama, NM; May 25th - Oct 20th; $ 25; Down 2:45 pm, Up 10 am, May 25th first train of season (weather dependent). Alternative is to hitch 12 mi south (west) on Hwy 17 to Chama. Town resupply in Chama, 1 night motel.
10 Pagosa Springs, CO (via Wolfs Creek Pass) 103 0 0 Hwy 160 hitch 25 miles west(south). Town Resupply in Pagosa Springs,CO. BC route Pagosa to Lake City.
11 Lake City (via Spring Creek Pass) 93.1 0 0 Hwy 149 hitch 25 mi north (west). Town resupply in Lake City. Hike entire portion of CDT-CT. No Creede Cut-Off unless necessary (gear, weather, injury etc). BC route with San Juan Peak Alternate.
12 Salida (via Monarch Pass) 62.2 0 0 Salida is a good trail town, with a fun hostel. Hitch to town from Monarch Pass for resupply and possible zero. BC route from Salida, with Ley Route into Twin Lakes (skip lake loop).
13 Twin Lakes, CO (on trail) 61.9 0 0 BOX #4 mini-food drop at PO. No Services. BC Route from Twin Lakes to Breckenridge, with possible 14er detours for Elbert and Massive.
14 Breckenridge (via Hwy 9) 107 0 0 Breckenridge, Fireside Inn. Zero day. BC Greys-Torreys route, possible ridge to Loveland Pass, possible off-trail at I-70, Berthoud Pass ridge alt
15 * Grand Lake (on trail) 105.3 0 0 town resupply, zero plus extra day to slackpack 20 mile 3000 ft RMNP Loop, BC route to Rabbit Ears Pass. * mileage INCLUDES RMNP Loop and Steamboat slackpack.
16 *Steamboat (via Rabbit Ears Pass) 125 0 0 Hwy 40 hitch to Steamboat. Box #5 for maps and meds. Town resupply. *mileage EXCLUDES slackpack 15 miles Rabbit Ears Pass to Buffalo Pass and return to Steamboat. Send ice axe and spikes home. Leave Steamboat Nobo via Buffalo Pass to shorten leg to Rawlins, WY. Avoid Encampment, WY except for emergency. Sage Creek Rd shortcut. Bridger Pass is half-way point.
17 Rawlins, WY (on trail) 118 0 0 Town Resupply, NO box. BC direct to South Pass (no Ferris Mt, no Sweetwater River alt)
18 South Pass City (and Atlantic City) 79.6 0 0 BOX #6 at Store/PO. Atlantic City for restaurant meal. BC with Cirque Alt, Elkhart Trailhead to Pinedale
19 Pinedale, WY 82.8 0 0 Town resupply. Elkhart Trail to Knapsack Col, the BC route to Hwy 26
20 Dubois, MT (via Togwogee Pass) 90.8 0 0 Town resupply in Dubois, MT. BC route, no South Yellowstone. Camping inside Yellowstone is by permit (assigned location).
21 Old Faithful - Grant Village (on trail) 125 0 0 PO pick-up BOX #7, camping by permit (not staying in lodge), restaurant meals, height of the Touron Season (make the best of it - think Crater Lake). BC route direct to Lima, no Macks, no West Yellowstone.
22 Lima, MT (via Monida Pass) 90.8 0 0 Town resupply, hitch on I-15. BC route to Leadore.
23 Leadore, ID (via Bannock Pass) 103 0 0 Hitch ride for town resupply. BC route to Sula.
24 Sula, MT (via Chief Joseph Pass) 129 0 0 hitch to Sula, BOX #8, shower, laundry, snack and go. If town is needed here, go to Darby (on Sula side of pass) rather than Wisdom. BC with cross-country shortcut to Homestake.
25 Homestake Lodge, MT 81.7 0 0 Box #9, no town services. Shortcut north across I-90 then BC to Helena.
26 Helena, MT (via MacDonald Pass) 108 0 0 town resupply. BC with shortcut alt to Benchmark.
27 Benchmark Ranch (on trail alt) 100 0 0 Fee for BOX #10 here is absolutely necessary. Follow alternate alignment directly past ranch.
28 East Glacier Park 94.4 0 0 NP village with basic services (restaurant, store, etc). Amtrak is here later for trip home. Dawson Pass to Mt. Morgan Alternate. Logan Pass to Highline Trail Alternate.
29 Waterton Lake, Alberta, Canada (END) 0 0 0 Hike all the way to town in Canada (past northern terminus) if possible. Shuttle bus back to East Glacier. Amtrak Empire-Builder to Seattle or Portland; leaves East Glacier westbound 8:23 pm daily. Arrives Wenatchee, WA 5:35 am, Arrives Seattle or Portland 10:25 am
30 Wenatchee, WA - Stehekin, WA 0 0 0 UNFINISHED BUSINESS: IF I finish early, possibly go back to PCT on way home - finish last segment Stehekin to Manning Park. Amtrak Empire-Builder hop off at Wenatchee, bus to Chelan (town), ferry (Lady of the Lake) to Stehekin, shuttle bus to High Bridge, then finish PCT NoBo to Manning Park, Canada. Greyhound to Vancouver, BC then home. Super-convenient way to get this done, if it works out. Highly weather-dependent and ambitious. But I'm gonna do it if possible.
31 TOTAL 0 0 0 10 boxes (2 UPS): Docs,Pie Town, Ghost Ranch (snow gear), Twin Lakes, Steamboat, South Pass, Old Faithful, Sula, Homestake, and Benchmark. All others are town resupply.
Totals:    2556.4 0

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