Colorado Trail Guides

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I now have all of the guides I’m going to use on the Colorado Trail. In the past I’ve used a combination of maps, guides, and a GPS unit. On the CDT I carried a combination of guides, maps, GPS, AND a SPOT. I think all of my logistics resources weighed the same as my pack on this trail. The SPOT was fun to use for my Dad, but it was also a source of stress for him, as I let the batteries run out a few times, and he had to watch the “dot” not move for several days – wondering why it had stopped and not moved, right next to a lake for instance.

It appears the Colorado Trail is very well maintained.  On this trail I’m not going to carry the SPOT, but I’ll be carrying the following guides and maps.

  • Yogi’s Colorado Trail Handbook – I’ve used Yogi’s town guides for the PCT and CDT.  They are pretty accurate, and offer information for resupply towns.  She also offers planning guides, based on feedback from her own experience, and that of other hikers.  I found the town information the most useful.
  • The Colorado Trail – Ninth Edition – this is the official guidebook of The Colorado Trail Foundation.  I’m not sure I will carry the guide yet, but if I do I’ll break it up and send it to the towns where I resupply.  I’ll definitely read the guide before I leave.
  • The Colorado Trail Data Book – this is also sold by the Colorado Trail Foundation.  I’ll definitely break this up and put it in my resupply boxes.  It is a small book, but still fairly heavy to carry by itself.
  • The Colorado Trail Map Book – I’ll carry these maps, but also break them up and put them in my resupply boxes.  The maps are thick and heavy, and I suspect I will probably be carrying them far more than using them.
  • Guthook Colorado Trail App – I’ve downloaded this app on my phone.  It has quality data, maps, hiker feedback, etc.  I also like it for it’s information on water sources.

In addition to all of the resources above, I’ll also have my iPhone.  I keep a journal while I hike, and can do most everything on my phone now.  I don’t use the phone a lot while hiking during the day, but it is great to have it for journaling in the evenings, and when I’m in town.

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