Pets allowed
Elevation Gain
5,282.00 ft (1,609.95 m)
Trail type
26.60 mi (42.81 km)
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The Continental Divide National Scenic Trail spans nearly 3,100 miles across 5 states from Mexico to Canada, traversing a vast array of different environments and landscapes along the way. The CDT can be completed as a single thru-hike that will take 4 to 6 months, or by section-hiking smaller segments. The Wyoming portion of the CDT features nearly 550 miles of incredibly diverse terrain. You’ll pass through the open desert plains of the Great Basin, the craggy ice carved peaks of the Wind River Range, and the steaming geysers and volcanic activity of Yellowstone National Park. In this guide we’ll take a closer look at Wyoming Section 14.

Wyoming Section 14 begins with a climb. It is mellow at first as you pass by some small lakes including August Lake and Rambaud Lake. The climb only really steepens as you near Hat Pass. There are some good views from the top of the pass, and maybe even some cell service if you are lucky!

After this the trail makes a series of 3 climbs and descents. As you top out on each new climb the scenery only gets more stunning. Finally the trail makes the approach up to Lester Pass. From the top of this pass you’ll be able to see into the heart of the Wind Rivers and some of the highest peaks in the range in the distance.

The trail then descends for awhile and passes near a few more lakes. After Little Seneca Lake there is another small climb, then you’ll come to a junction. This is where the Knapsack Col Alternate begins. I’d highly recommend taking this alternate!

Otherwise, Section 14 of the CDT continues straight through some more beautiful terrain. You’ll pass many large and scenic lakes before finally coming to Summit Lake which marks the end of Wyoming Section 14.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass


Open Year-round



Enters into some amazing terrain near the heart of the Wind River Range. Lakes.

Trailhead Elevation

9,800.00 ft (2,987.04 m)

Highest point

11,107.00 ft (3,385.41 m)


Near lake or river
Backcountry camping
Big vistas

Typically multi-day


Permit required




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