My resupply on the CDT. It’s a rough draft and subject to so much change that I think it will be impossible to follow. I choose to resupply in towns where possible. Luckily I’m not a fussy eater. I can put up with average food for a short period of time. Resupply on the CDT may be difficult at times.

I plan to start slowly with plenty of neros (low mileage days). Possibly more than I have scheduled in my resupply schedule. I’m fine with that. I just need to get through the desert of New Mexico uninjured. By the time I reach Colorado I should ‘trail fit’.

I also will post a Bounce Box containing my computer and other assorted things I may need while on the trail. It will mainly be sent to places where I plan to have rest days. I may have as many as 9 rest days on this hike at various towns along the way. If I choose not to pick up the bounce box at the post office I will forward it to the next destination free of charge, hence the name, Bounce Box!

The schedule below has me finishing the trail in about 21 weeks, including rest days, hopefully. I also plan to push through the snow in Colorado, if it is prudent to do so. I will gear up and go for it. Having said that I am neither foolish nor too proud to admit defeat. I may need to flip further up the trail. I really hope not but if it happens it happens. I suspect I’ll be having some discussions with my hiking buddy Crunchmaster as we get closer to Colorado. If things go to plan I’ll continue walking on the Great Divide Trail (GDT) in Canada when I finish the CDT. But only if the weather and my body are on speaking terms.

Resupply on the CDT:
Buy = Buying food in the towns / resorts / gas stations that I pass through or are near the trail.
Mail = Mail. I’ll pick up my supply from the post office or other location I use to mail food to myself. I plan to mail 7 food boxes to myself.
Zero = A rest Day with no hiking. I plan on 9 zero hiking days.
Alt = An alternate route other than the CDT
Bounce Box = The box that I continually mail to myself. It will contain my computer and other gear that I will only need in certain areas such as very cold weather clothes and snow gear etc. I will recycle a box from a local grocery store. I plan to forward it to myself about 9 times.

Shepherds – Resupply on the CDT – Planner 2016

Section

Days

Total Days

GutHook Miles

Total

Resupply/Notes

Crazy Cook NM to Lordsburg NM

5

5

85.1

85.1

Buy

Lordsburg NM to Silver City NM

3

8

58.6

143.7

Buy + Bounce Box + Zero

Silver City NM to Doc Cambells NM

3

12

50.6

194.3

Mail – Gila River Alt

Doc Cambells NM to Pie Town NM

7

19

139.3

333.6

Mail – Gila River Alt

Pie Town NM to Grants NM

4

24

75.5

409.1

Buy + Bounce Box + Zero – Cebolla Alt

Grants NM to Cuba NM

6

30

107.8

516.9

Buy – Mt Taylor alt

Cuba NM to Ghost Ranch NM

3

33

54.1

571

Mail – Ghost Ranch Alt

Ghost Ranch NM to Chama NM

5

39

95.4

666.4

Buy + Bounce Box + Zero – Ghost Ranch Alt

Chama NM to Pagosa Springs CO- (Hwy 160)

5

44

83.4

749.8

Buy – San Juan Route – 23 mile hitch

Pagoda Spring CO to Silverton CO (Stoney Pass)

5

49

84.6

834.4

Buy – several trail options to get to town – San Juan Route

Silverton CO to Lake City CO (Hwy 149)

3

52

33.4

867.8

Buy

Lake City CO to Hwy 50 Salida CO

5

58

100.5

968.3

Buy + Bounce Box + zero (23 mile hitch)

Hwy 50 Salida CO to Twin Lakes CO

4

62

78.7

1047

Mail

Twin Lakes CO to Breckenridge CO

4

66

71.8

1118.8

Buy – Stay in CDT /

Grey Torreys Route

Breckenridge CO to Interstate 70 CO (Denver)

3

70

54.7

1173.5

Buy + Bounce Box + Zero – Hitch / Ride to Denver

Interstate 70 CO (Denver) to Grand Lake CO

6

76

76.5

1250

Buy + Bounce Box + Zero + day hike of Rocky MT NP inc

Grand Lake CO to Steamboat Springs CO

4

80

80.4

1330.4

Buy

Steamboat Springs  CO to Encampment WY

4

84

83.9

1414.3

Buy – Halfway point of the CDT

Encampment WY to Rawlins WY

4

89

82.6

1496.9

Buy + Bounce Box + Zero

Rawlings WY to Atlantic City WY

5

94

121.6

1618.5

Mail – About 2 miles from trail to Miners Grub – Long 8 day carry out of Atlantic City

Atlantic City WY to Togwotee Lodge WY

8

102

182.6

1801.1

Mail – Inc Cirque Alt and Knapsack Col Alt – I plan to hike the Wind River High Route if possible – nero- restaurant- showers-hot tub- campground 1 mile away

Togwotee Lodge WY to Old Faithful – YellowStone NP WY

5

108

101.7

1902.8

Buy + Bounce Box + Zero

Old Faithful (YellowStone) WY to West Yellowstone MT

2

110

52.1

1954.9

Buy – Hiker/Biker sites $10 inc shower

West YellowStone MT to Lima MT

4

114

96.1

2051

Buy – Call Mountain View Motel for ride to town

Lima MT to Leadore ID (Bannock Pass)

4

118

103.7

2154.7

Buy – Hard hitch in dirt road to town

Leadore ID to Darby MT (or Nearby)

5

123

123.2

2277.9

Buy or send if only stopping at other towns- Hitch from Hwy 43 and 93.

Darby MT to Anaconda MT

4

127

100.9

2378.8

Buy – Anaconda Alt (maybe)

Anaconda MT to Helena MT

3

130

79.3

2458.1

Buy

Helena MT to Lincoln MT

3

134

66.7

2524.8

Buy + Bounce Box + zero – Organise permits for Glacier NP

Lincoln MT to Benchmark Resort MT

3

137

62.5

2587.3

Send Package – expensive – Call first – size restrictions on box – no restaurants etc

Benchmark Resort MT to East Glacier MT

6

143

139.1

2726.4

Buy

East Glacier MT to Many Glacier MT

3

146

65.9

2792.3

Buy + Bounce Box (Store bounce box here or send to Banff Canada)

Many Glacier MT to Waterton – Canada

2

148

38.1

2830.4

Time to start planning the next hike!

Totals:

148

2830.4

inc 9 Zeros

 

 

 

 

12 Responses

    • BikeHikeSafari

      Thanks Paulo. I want to be out on the trail now. Bring it.

  1. Heather

    Wow! What a list of amazing places! I recognize a lot of them from our vacations and travels. Wishing you all the best in your newest adventure!

    • BikeHikeSafari

      Thanks Claire, can’t wait to get in trail. I might do something with the photos one day. We shall see.

  2. Mike Darnell

    Are you riding your bike to the start of the trail? When do you expect to be in Yellowstone?

    • BikeHikeSafari

      I am leaving my bicycle with a friend in Mexico. I’ll return to Mexico after the hike. I’ll probably have a good rest for a couple of months then keep cycling south. I’m yet to visit Cuba! I expect to be in Yellowstone NP early August. That’s if everything goes to plan. The CDT has a reputation for changing people plans at short notice due to the weather, snow levels, wildfires and injury, just to name a few. I hope to take a day off in Yellowstone to look around. I’ve never been there before and I may never have an opportunity to return. I’m looking forward to it.

      • Mike Darnell

        Awesome. I am also planning a trip there for the first time. It is supposed to be incredible. I wish you a safe and pleasant journey along the CDT. I look toward to your blog posts and many pictures.

  3. Mike M

    I wish I were going with you. No, really. I am so jealous right now. I can’t wait to start seeing posts from your trip. God bless you, mate.

    Mike M., Riverside, CA

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