Trip-Planning Resources

You don’t have to hike for weeks to enjoy the Great Divide Trail. Whether out for a few days or a month, here are some resources and a step by step guide to make your trip planning easier:

  1. MAP: Start with the GDT map. Pick the section of the GDT you’d like to explore.
  2. ACCESS: Plan your access. Even though the GDT is remote and crosses few highways, public transportation and trailheads do exist to allow you to access the trail at various points whether you’re thru-hiking or section hiking.
  3. ITINERARY: Plan your GDT hiking itinerary. Unlike many other long-distance trails, the GDT requires reservations at many campgrounds so a detailed itinerary is a must. Check out these sample itineraries to help create your own GDT hiking schedule. Build some flexibility into your itinerary in case any campgrounds are not available when you are making your reservations.
  4. CAMPGROUNDS: Make note of the opening date for campground reservations so you can book your campgrounds and arrange for all backcountry permits in advance. Online reservations for campgrounds in the national parks can be challenging so check out these detailed instructions beforehand. 
  5. RESUPPLY: Plan your resupply. Each of these locations will accept resupply packages and can be considered worthy access points for GDT section hikes. You’re likely going to hike between two or more resupply points. Reservations for accommodation in resupply locations are also recommended.
  6. TRAIL CONDITIONS: Monitor current trail conditions and closures that might affect your itinerary. 
  7. PREPARE: Check out Dustin Lynx’s GDT guidebook. Review the GDTA’s Backcountry Basics before your trip to learn about potential hazards, wildlife, water sources, snow conditions and where you can have a campfire.
  8. GET ADVICE: Find potential hiking partners and advice from experienced hikers on our Facebook Hikers’ Forum, or read Trail Journals of other GDT hikers experiences on the trail. 
  9. NAVIGATE: Check out the GDT Smartphone App.
  10. QUESTIONS? Check out our FAQ for answers to the most frequently asked questions about the GDT.

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