THE HAYDUKE TRAIL
"May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous,
leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise
into and above the clouds."
                                                             -Edward Abbey
The Hayduke Trail is an extremely challenging, 800-mile backcountry route through some of the most
rugged and breathtaking landscapes on earth. Located entirely on public land, the trail links six of the
National Parks on the Colorado Plateau in Southern Utah and Northern Arizona with the lesser known, but
equally splendid, lands in between them. Encompassed in the route are Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef,
Bryce Canyon, Grand Canyon and Zion National Parks as well as Grand Staircase-Escalante National
Monument, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and numerous National Forests, BLM Districts,
Primitive Areas, Wilderness Areas and Wilderness Study Areas. The Hayduke Trail is not intended to be
the easiest or most direct route through this incredibly varied terrain, but is rather meant to showcase the
stunning Redrock Wilderness of the American Southwest. Named after George Washington Hayduke III, a
fictitious character in Edward Abbey's novel
The Monkey Wrench Gang, the trail seeks to pay homage to
Abbey for his tireless defense of these fragile and threatened public lands and to heighten awareness and
promote the conservation of the wild places that he and so many other people have come to need and love.
This website is meant to be the official source for information about the Hayduke Trail for those seeking to
tackle it in sections and for thru-hikers alike. Inside you will find a wealth of maps, brief section
descriptions, thru-hiker resupply strategy, the current condition and rating of water sources and links to
other very useful, information-based websites.
Brian Frankle Photo
Brian Frankle Photo
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