The Hayduke Trail
A Guide to the Backcountry Hiking Trail on the Colorado Plateau
Joe Mitchell and Mike Coronella
Guidebooks and Outdoors / Utah
The Hayduke Trail is a challenging, 800-mile backcountry route on the Colorado Plateau. It traverses six national parks (Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Bryce Canyon, Grand Canyon, Zion), Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Grand-Staircase-Escalante National Monument, and several wilderness and primitive areas. Named for George Hayduke, a fictional character in Edward Abbey’s The Monkey Wrench Gang, the trail begins in Arches National Park and ends in Zion National Park. It stays entirely on public land, and short of technical climbing, it travels a comprehensive selection of the varied terrain available to hikers on the Plateau.
Joe Mitchell and Mike Coronella pioneered the Hayduke after concluding that a lengthy regional trail like the Appalachian or Pacific Crest was possible on the Colorado Plateau and would introduce more people to these unique and threatened public lands.
Hiking the entire route requires several months, though like other long trails it can be broken into smaller segments, some as short as a week. This guide is designed for seasoned desert trekkers seeking a through-hiking experience on a well-tested route and it includes:
• Detailed maps of the entire route
• Cache points
• Water sources
• A wealth of description and tips for planning and tackling this intense trek
Joe Mitchell lives with his wife and daughter in Heber City, Utah, where he is a guide with Four Seasons Flyfishers.
Mike Coronella lives with his family in Moab, Utah, where he works for Red Rock Forests, a nonprofit wilderness advocacy group.
Table of Contents:
Using The Hayduke Trail Guide
Introduction to the Hayduke Trail
1. Arches National Park to Hurrah Pass
2. Hurrah Pass to Big Spring Trailhead, Canyonlands National Park
3. Big Spring Trailhead, Canyonlands National Park to Hite
4. Hite to Poison Spring Canyon
5. Poison Spring Canyon to the Burr Trail, Capitol Reef National Park
6. Burr Trail, Capitol Reef National Park to Hole-in-the-Rock Road
7. Hole-in-the-Rock Road to Round Valley Draw
8. Round Valley Draw to Willis Creek
9. Willis Creek to Arizona Trail Stateline Trailhead
10. Arizona Trail Stateline Trailhead to Nankoweap Trailhead
11. Nankoweap Trailhead to Horseshoe Mesa, Grand Canyon National Park
12. Horseshoe Mesa to the North Rim, Grand Canyon National Park
13. North Rim, Grand Canyon National Park to Hack Canyon
14. Hack Canyon to the Weeping Wall, Zion National Park
How to Visit an Archaeological Site
Praise and Reviews:
"This is really quite a trip that takes one through extraordinary country."
—Steve Allen, author of the Canyoneering series of guidebooks
"A challenge and goal worthy of serious consideration by any desert rat."
—Dan Miller, author of High in Utah: A Hiking Guide to the Tallest Peak in Each of the State’s Twenty-Nine Counties