The Hayduke Trail Reference

It’s now been over fifteen years since Mike Coronella and Joe Mitchell published the guidebook for The Hayduke Trail. Each year the route seems to become more popular and I get more and more related questions since it overlaps with many of my treks. Hence, I decided to create my own Hayduke Reference Page with details on the route along with variations, shortcuts, and worth-while diversions.

I’ll keep this page updated with posts of use to Hayduke Hikers. It’s not meant as a complete reference, but just one primarily based on my previous hikes. As always, feel free to write me for any specific information as I love chatting about this stuff! (

Happy Hayduke-ing!

Note: curious readers may read my original thoughts on the route and learn how it inspired me. Also, easily access this page via

Browse content below or explore the Interactive Map with clickable POIs and segments.

General Topics:

Sections 1-2: Arches NP to Big Spring Canyon TH, Canyonlands













 Sections 3-4: Canyonlands to Hite to Poison Spring Canyon

*** NOTE: there are many great ways through the Needles so read my overview of the best options.








Section 5: The Henry Mountains












Section 6: Burr Trail Switchbacks to Hole-in-the-Rock Road








Section 7: Fiftymile Mountain and the Kaiparowits Plateau







Section 8-9: Hackberry and Upper Paria to Bryce to AZ








Sections 10-13: The Grand Canyon




North Kaibab Trail









Section 14: Hack Canyon to The Barracks to Zion Canyon

*** NOTE: a rockfall in Zion has impacted the Hayduke — read about options to get around this closure.





Top of Separation Pass

Separation Pass and Jughandle Arch Route




Other Great Sites for Reference:


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  2. Star Point, LLC / K&M Trailer Parking provides secure and monitored vehicle parking in Moab and has even provided a Hayduke shuttle, if needed. Hit them up on parking and it is one less thing you will need to worry about on your trip. Don Hamilton 435-650-3866.

  3. Hello Jamal,
    Great info, I know your alt’s have been used by a lot of Hayduker’s and we’re hoping to use a few this Spring (’24). Do you have any more beta on the St. George extension, perhaps water? Have you hiked this route or is it theoretical? Everything helps. Thanks!

    • Thx. I’ve actually never done that stretch as a thru hike, but have walked much of it as day hikes/explorations over the years. I do know somebody who did it pretty much as shown and said the portion of through the National Forest (the old “Highline Trail”) was really brushy. There are some decent water sources along the the way. See my Master Map for those (sorry, not shown on the Hayduke Reference Map.) At some point I hope to put more detail in the Hayduke Ref for this as an alternate (along with some other options in the area.) ✌

  4. Hello! Do you have a GPX file for these route with the ALTS? And thanks for all the amazing information you provided here!

    • Thanks, Samantha! I know we’ve chatted via email now, but to answer publicly for others — I don’t have GPX per se, but do help hikers with small KML bundles for specific areas when possible. Email is the best way to discuss this. ✌

  5. Jamal,
    Thanks so much for all this information! This is an awesome resource.
    Happy Trails!

  6. More brilliant additions Jamal, what a great resource! Hope you have another wonderful hike this spring.

  7. Jamal, do you have any video on the Haduke Trail??

    • Yes and No. Many of the videos for my long hikes cover sections of the Hayduke, but I don’t have a single video dedicated to the HT. I’m currently going back and adding video reference links on the various guide pages to make it easier find corresponding video.

  8. Jamal,

    I’ve been watching your videos for weeks, and I’ve been consistently entertained and blown away by how well done they are. So I decide to come to your site and you happen to have everything in extreme detail! You clearly put a lot of effort into this and I just wanted to let you know you are doing a fantastic job. Your hikes are very inspirational. Keep it up!


  9. excellent reference and the pix are right on, but now i have more alt routes to examine in 5 days

  10. This Hayduke site looks fantastic Jamal- I will keep coming back to check out new links you have added. Mouthwatering stuff thanks (and great design too)!