The Continental Divide Trail (CDT) spans 3,100 miles from Mexico to Canada. On the west side of the trail, rivers flow to the Pacific; to the east the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean. A portion of this long trail passes through Berthoud Pass near Winter Park, Colorado. I like to hike small portion of the CDT trail in the morning hours. You can make it as long a hike as you want - just a few miles or 100 miles. From the parking lot atop Berthoud Pass, if you head west up the trail, you'll reach Russell Peak (12,391') and No Name Peak (12,424') after some uphill work, including a series of 14 switchbacks. But the sweat is worth it, for the views of the Fraser Valley leading into Winter Park, as well as the snow-draped edges of Vasquez Ridge, are stunning. You'll rarely see anyone up here early, and I like to reach the small summit for sunrise as first light peeks over the distant ridges.
Hiking the Continental Divide Trail near Berthoud Pass
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