Once again I’ve dedicated some time over the winter to update and add content to my Hayduke Reference in hopes of assisting “Haydukers” looking to hike that long-distance route. Most of this work happens “behind the scenes” without getting published as official blog posts, thus I thought I’d make this post to highlight some of the new content before hikers head out this spring. (Actually… I’m probably late as I know several hikers have already set out!) Even if not researching that 800+ mile trek, I think much of the content might be of interest to my more-general audience looking for an extended weekend in a remote location or other backpacking/hiking ideas. So, with that in mind, below is what has been updated/added with the associated links.
Hayduke Interactive Map — the research map got many minor tweaks including some updated alternate tracks, added points-of-interest, and some new links/photos added to several of the clickable placemarks along the route.
Cottonwood Road — new page detailing the possibility of using this scenic backroad as an alternate and some of the highlights along the way.
Stone Donkey to Hogeye Canyon — new page detailing this route as a possible shortcut. This might also be of interest to anyone looking for a good 2 or 3-day backpacking trip in the Upper Paria area. Includes many photos from my 2019 spring hike to the area which I never shared.
Horseshoe Mesa, Grand Canyon — new page focused on the Horseshoe Mesa portion of the Hayduke and a possible alternate around the north side of the mesa.
Thunder River to Deer Creek Falls, Grand Canyon — new page focused on the remote stretch of the Hayduke from Tapeats Creek to Deer Creek Falls. Also features detail on a potential alternate along the river.
Through the Needles — summary article highlighting many of the great options for thru-hiking across the Needles District of Canyonlands.
Zion Alternate Endings — since the 2019 rockfall in Zion indefinitely closed the East Rim Trail, Haydukers have needed an alternate way to get into Zion Canyon and/or end their hike. This new page covers several of the options.
Style Updates and Fixed Typos — I’ve changed styles a few times over the years and thus some pages became a bit haphazard. I’ve tried to make everything as consistent as possible, though I know there is still more to do (and sorry mobile users, I still owe you some attention!) I also fixed a bunch of typos. I mean a BUNCH of typos! Seriously — who wrote this stuff?! I can’t belive I wood make so meny misteaks. 😉
My Hayduke Reference can still easily be found via this custom URL:
Thanks for following along and… Happy Hiking! ✌