Pets allowed
Elevation Gain
1,633.00 ft (497.74 m)
Trail type
22.70 mi (36.53 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 7.

Wyoming Section 7 continues through the desolate and barren Great Basin. There are no trees or shade (with the minimal exception of a handful of tall sagebrush) along the entirety of this section. There is one water source near the middle of Section 7, and one at the end.

You’ll begin the section by following the double track dirt road as it ever so slightly gains elevation. Toward the top of this climb there is a cool rocky area and some decent views. The trail then begins to skirt to the left.

You’ll eventually come to Bull Springs. There is a solar well here with great water. Be sure to fill up. There are also some large sagebrush plants here that offer a bit of shade if willing to nestle beneath them (watch for ticks).

Continue along the dirt road through the barren landscape. There is a possible water cache in about 7 miles, but don’t count on it. The trail then makes a mellow climb with good views from the top. You’ll then descend. Bairoil Road (CR 22) marks the end of Section 7. Near this junction - to the right - is A&M Reservoir. This surprising small pond is an oasis and great water source. Be sure to take some time to enjoy it.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass


Open Year-round



Great views of the desolate basin.


Hot and exposed. No shade. Limited water. Desolate landscape.

Trailhead Elevation

6,528.00 ft (1,989.73 m)

Highest point

7,810.00 ft (2,380.49 m)


Backcountry camping
Big vistas

Typically multi-day


Permit required




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