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Continental Divide Trail Turns 40, Welcomes Grand Lake as Gateway Community


The Continental Divide Trail Coalition rang in the 40th birthday of the Continental Divide Trail by hosting a volunteer trail work project at Herman Gulch Trail near Idaho Springs on Aug. 4, 2018. The Continental Divide Trail (CDT) is a 3,100-mile National Scenic Trail, stretching from Canada to Mexico along the spine of the Rockies; 800 miles of the CDT runs through our backyards in Colorado.

In partnership with Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado, volunteers worked to clear drainage features, build rock steps and rehabilitate the popular Herman Gulch Trail. Then, the crew enjoyed beer and snacks at a happy-hour birthday bash.

It’s been a busy summer for the CDTC in Colorado. In late July, the town of Grand Lake was also designated an official CDT Gateway Community. Gateway Communities are recognized for their part in promoting awareness and stewardship of the CDT and creating a welcoming environment for people traveling along the trail.

Grand Lake sits on the shores of a body of water of the same name — Colorado’s largest natural lake. To the south of town, the CDT traverses the Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forest, with its expansive ridgeline views and the popular Indian Peaks Wilderness. To the north, it makes a 28-mile loop through Rocky Mountain National Park, where depending on the season, visitors may be treated to gorgeous wildflowers, snow-capped peaks and even moose sightings.

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Photo credits: Local volunteer installing CDT trail signage, Noah Wetzel; Grand Lake, Miles Partnership.