Continental Divide Trail (North)


Length of Hike: 3-4 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

This trail is part of the 3,100 mile Continental Divide Trail that follows portions of the Colorado Trail across the state.  The route is a ridge walk of 3-4 miles of beautiful Colorado mountain scenery ending in Taylor Park (Texas Creek). There are grand views of the back side of Apostle Basin, which includes the three incredible 13ers: West Apostle, Ice Mountain, and North Apostle, as well as Mt. Huron (14,003) on the horizon. Snow banks at these altitudes above 12,000ft are visible year-round. This hike provides tremendous bang for your buck, as it starts at a high elevation with a moderate gain. Continental Divide Trail is the perfect hike to get your bearing. It provides a good overview of the Collegiate Peaks and is sure to fuel your dreams of further adventures.


Directions to Continental Divide Trail (North):

This trail is 19.5 miles west of Buena Vista on CR 306. This moderate trail starts above timberline on right side of road at the summit of Cottonwood Pass (12,119 ft.). (35-minute drive time from Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort)
From the resort, CR 321 will take you up the hill and intersect with CR 306 just after Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Turn left on CR 306 – you will find the parking area on the left side of the road.

10 Hiking Essentials

  1. Water (1.5 Liters per person per 5-6 hours)
  2. Snacks (Beef Jerky, nuts, power bar)
  3. Navigation (map and compass and/or GPS)
  4. Sunscreen
  5. Extra clothing (hat, socks, gloves)
  6. First aid supplies
  7. Light (headlamp or flashlight)
  8. Fire starter and matches/lighter
  9. CD Rom or mirror, whistle, mosquito repellant
  10. Emergency shelter (Biffy Bag)



*****Please Remember*****

You are starting your adventure at roughly 8,000ft.

You are likely going to an even higher altitude – hydration is key.

Water, Water, Water!

This activity is an extreme test of a person’s physical and mental limits and carries with it the potential for property loss, serious injury, and even death.  The risks include, but not limited to:  actions of other people, lack of hydration, weather, and/or other natural conditions.  Princeton Holdings, LLC DBA Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort is not liable for any injury, property loss, damage, death, etc. occurring due to any activity outlined by any information sheet provided by the property.  Guests are participating in these activities on their own merit and assume all liability, with no liability to Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort or its agents.


Surrounding Towns

Buena Vista, Colorado

Buena Vista, Colorado

Buena Vista, Colorado is just 9 miles from Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort. This unique mountain town is located on the Arkansas River. There are many shopping opportunities along with restaurants, a brewery and a distillery. LEARN MORE

Salida, Colorado

Salida, Colorado is 21 miles from the resort. This is Colorado’s largest National Historic District. Dine on the banks of the Arkansas River and explore the many art galleries in this historic downtown. This area was named Colorado’s first Creative Arts District. LEARN MORE


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