The Whole track for the CDT(Continental Divide Trail) on my GPS

This is something I found on Whiteblaze.  It’s a way to put the entire Jonathan Ley’s CDT route onto your GPS.   I made sure my tracks were all deleted and empty and I was able to put the whole track of the CDT on to my GPS.     So now I have the entire track for the CDT and all the waypoints for the PCT  all stored in my Garmin 60csx with the original memory card it came with.

Amazing work,  Blisterfree!

Newly created GPS and TOPO! ready files (based on Jonathan’s Google Earth file) – see below by Blisterfree… 

Included below are:

* 2 full-trail, gps-ready GPX files (nobo and sobo) – each is 20 track segments @ 500 waypoints per track. Any modern GPS unit conforming to or exceeding the standard “20 tracks of 500 waypoints per track” maximum storage capability should be able to load and run these file.

* 8 state-specific GPX files (nobo x 4 & sobo x 4) – more detailed than the above – each is a variable # of track segments (<20) @ <500 waypoints per track. One or two of these files should be loadable at once, depending on GPS unit storage capacity.

* 2 CDT “sub-master” files – one is GPX, the other TPO. Both are essentially the same data as Jonathan’s original KMZ file. The GPX file is typically too large for uploading to a GPS, but offers endless possibilities for editing / customization / further expansion. The TPO file is the same data, but formatted for NatGeo TOPO!, with red lines for the “main” route and blue lines for the alternates. The TPO might be useful if printing custom maps, for instance if planning a hike beyond the scope of Jonathan’s CD-ROM map coverage, or if wanting to add custom annotations to printed maps.

Any and all of these resources can later be amended based on changes to Jonathan’s KMZ (Google Earth) master file, and periodically we’ll try to attend to this.

This all came into being rather suddenly (and very easily, let it be said). The only one who deserves any street cred whatsoever is Jonathan Ley, who has invested I’d imagine thousands of hours at this point in the creation and updating of his CD map set from which all other resources were born. My hat is off!

- blisterfree

CDT Ley route: full trail, gps-ready (SOBO):
http://www.simblissity.net/downloads…route-sobo.gpx

Description: Jonathan Ley’s Continental Divide Trail kmz file converted to gpx format and divided into 20 track segments of 500 waypoints per track, presented for the southbound traveler. Track segments detail only the main / official and/or “Ley” route of the trail, and do not describe alternate routes that may deviate from this “main route.” Track segments are organized by state as follows: Segs 1-7 MT; Segs 8-10 WY; Segs 11-16 CO; Segs 17-20 NM. Any modern GPS unit conforming to or exceeding the standard “20 tracks of 500 waypoints per track” maximum storage capability should be able to load and run this file.

CDT Ley route: full trail, gps-ready (NOBO):
http://www.simblissity.net/downloads…route-nobo.gpx

Description: Jonathan Ley’s Continental Divide Trail kmz file converted to gpx format and divided into 20 track segments of 500 waypoints per track, presented for the northbound traveler. Track segments detail only the main / official and/or “Ley” route of the trail, and do not describe alternate routes that may deviate from this “main route.” Track segments are organized by state as follows: Segs 1-4 NM; Segs 5-10 CO; Segs 11-13 WY; Segs 14-20 MT. Any modern GPS unit conforming to or exceeding the standard “20 tracks of 500 waypoints per track” maximum storage capability should be able to load and run this file.

CDT Ley route: Montana (SOBO):
http://www.simblissity.net/downloads…ntana-sobo.gpx

Montana portion of Jonathan Ley’s Continental Divide Trail kmz file, converted to gpx format and divided into 16 track segments of not more than 500 waypoints per track, presented for the southbound traveler. Track segments detail only the main / official and/or “Ley” route of the trail, and do not describe alternate routes that may deviate from this “main route.” The track (waypoint) data in this file is more detailed than that in the “full trail” gpx file, with the caveat that many GPS receivers will not be able to store more than one or two individual state files at a time. Still, any modern GPS unit conforming to or exceeding the standard “20 tracks of 500 waypoints per track” maximum storage capability should be able to load and run this individual state file.

CDT Ley route: Montana (NOBO):
http://www.simblissity.net/downloads…ntana-nobo.gpx

Montana portion of Jonathan Ley’s Continental Divide Trail kmz file, converted to gpx format and divided into 16 track segments of not more than 500 waypoints per track, presented for the northbound traveler. Track segments detail only the main / official and/or “Ley” route of the trail, and do not describe alternate routes that may deviate from this “main route.” The track (waypoint) data in this file is more detailed than that in the “full trail” gpx file, with the caveat that many GPS receivers will not be able to store more than one or two individual state files at a time. Still, any modern GPS unit conforming to or exceeding the standard “20 tracks of 500 waypoints per track” maximum storage capability should be able to load and run this individual state file.

CDT Ley route: Wyoming (SOBO):
http://www.simblissity.net/downloads…oming-sobo.gpx

Wyoming portion of Jonathan Ley’s Continental Divide Trail kmz file, converted to gpx format and divided into 7 track segments of not more than 500 waypoints per track, presented for the southbound traveler. Track segments detail only the main / official and/or “Ley” route of the trail, and do not describe alternate routes that may deviate from this “main route.” The track (waypoint) data in this file is more detailed than that in the “full trail” gpx file, with the caveat that many GPS receivers will not be able to store more than one or two individual state files at a time. Still, any modern GPS unit conforming to or exceeding the standard “20 tracks of 500 waypoints per track” maximum storage capability should be able to load and run this individual state file.

CDT Ley route: Wyoming (NOBO):
http://www.simblissity.net/downloads…oming-nobo.gpx

Wyoming portion of Jonathan Ley’s Continental Divide Trail kmz file, converted to gpx format and divided into 7 track segments of not more than 500 waypoints per track, presented for the northbound traveler. Track segments detail only the main / official and/or “Ley” route of the trail, and do not describe alternate routes that may deviate from this “main route.” The track (waypoint) data in this file is more detailed than that in the “full trail” gpx file, with the caveat that many GPS receivers will not be able to store more than one or two individual state files at a time. Still, any modern GPS unit conforming to or exceeding the standard “20 tracks of 500 waypoints per track” maximum storage capability should be able to load and run this individual state file.

CDT Ley route: Colorado (SOBO):
http://www.simblissity.net/downloads…orado-sobo.gpx

Colorado portion of Jonathan Ley’s Continental Divide Trail kmz file, converted to gpx format and divided into 13 track segments of not more than 500 waypoints per track, presented for the southbound traveler. Track segments detail only the main / official and/or “Ley” route of the trail, and do not describe alternate routes that may deviate from this “main route.” The track (waypoint) data in this file is more detailed than that in the “full trail” gpx file, with the caveat that many GPS receivers will not be able to store more than one or two individual state files at a time. Still, any modern GPS unit conforming to or exceeding the standard “20 tracks of 500 waypoints per track” maximum storage capability should be able to load and run this individual state file.

CDT Ley route: Colorado (NOBO):
http://www.simblissity.net/downloads…orado-nobo.gpx

Colorado portion of Jonathan Ley’s Continental Divide Trail kmz file, converted to gpx format and divided into 13 track segments of not more than 500 waypoints per track, presented for the northbound traveler. Track segments detail only the main / official and/or “Ley” route of the trail, and do not describe alternate routes that may deviate from this “main route.” The track (waypoint) data in this file is more detailed than that in the “full trail” gpx file, with the caveat that many GPS receivers will not be able to store more than one or two individual state files at a time. Still, any modern GPS unit conforming to or exceeding the standard “20 tracks of 500 waypoints per track” maximum storage capability should be able to load and run this individual state file.

CDT Ley route: New Mexico (SOBO):
http://www.simblissity.net/downloads…exico-sobo.gpx

New Mexico portion of Jonathan Ley’s Continental Divide Trail kmz file, converted to gpx format and divided into 10 track segments of not more than 500 waypoints per track, presented for the southbound traveler. Track segments detail only the main / official and/or “Ley” route of the trail, and do not describe alternate routes that may deviate from this “main route.” The track (waypoint) data in this file is more detailed than that in the “full trail” gpx file, with the caveat that many GPS receivers will not be able to store more than one or two individual state files at a time. Still, any modern GPS unit conforming to or exceeding the standard “20 tracks of 500 waypoints per track” maximum storage capability should be able to load and run this individual state file.

CDT Ley route: New Mexico (NOBO):
http://www.simblissity.net/downloads…exico-nobo.gpx

New Mexico portion of Jonathan Ley’s Continental Divide Trail kmz file, converted to gpx format and divided into 10 track segments of not more than 500 waypoints per track, presented for the northbound traveler. Track segments detail only the main / official and/or “Ley” route of the trail, and do not describe alternate routes that may deviate from this “main route.” The track (waypoint) data in this file is more detailed than that in the “full trail” gpx file, with the caveat that many GPS receivers will not be able to store more than one or two individual state files at a time. Still, any modern GPS unit conforming to or exceeding the standard “20 tracks of 500 waypoints per track” maximum storage capability should be able to load and run this individual state file.

Ley CDT master file – GPX format:
http://www.simblissity.net/downloads…cdt-master.gpx

Description: Jonathan Ley’s Continental Divide Trail kmz file converted to gpx format. File contains multiple track segments, representing the main / official and/or “Ley” route of the trail, as well as alternate routes. This gpx file is too large to be stored as a single file by most GPS units, but can be edited/split in GPS or mapping software to suit the requirements of a particular unit or of the user. For GPS-ready gpx files that require no prior editing, use the “cdt-full-route-gps-ready” gpx files (NOBO or SOBO) or the individual state files.

Ley CDT master file – TOPO! format:
http://www.simblissity.net/downloads…cdt-master.tpo

Description: Jonathan Ley’s Continental Divide Trail kmz file converted to .tpo format for use with NatGeo TOPO! mapping software. File contains multiple .tpo-formatted line segments, representing the main / official and/or “Ley” route of the trail, (in red) as well as alternate routes (in blue). Waypoints contained within the file delineate the trail’s (red line’s) termini at state and international boundaries, as well as the termini of the alternate routes (blue lines).

Update

Starman sent this:

Hey, just a thought about your CDT track files you have posted from the WhiteBlaze web site.  The OLD jonathan Ley file based off of an EVEN OLDER Google Earth file is becoming obsolete.  It will work for a lot of the trail, but in my opinion it has become too old.
Bear Creek has posted the official CDTA route waypoint file set at:
Jerry Brown has freely posted the waypoint and POI file for all to use.  It also matches his published Atlas.  It is NEW, ACCURATE and based on REAL field data.
I have taken the waypoint file and created a track file that follows his data and also show several alternates per Jonathan Ley and the “Out of Order” track set.  My file share site is:

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One Response to The Whole track for the CDT(Continental Divide Trail) on my GPS

  1. cyberhobo says:

    Nice index!

    I published the track I collected hiking the Wyoming CDT nobo in July 2009. It’s probably not needed with the great resources you’ve listed, but might be of interest to some:

    http://www.cyberhobo.net/2009/08/10/wyoming-cdt-gps-track/

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