Hayduke: Navajo and Reece Canyons

overlooking narrows

Navajo and Reece Canyons are two remote canyons on the Kaiparowits Plateau. Their inclusion in Section 7 of the Hayduke Trail makes the inner portion of a big “W”-looking pattern on the map. At first I thought it might be better just to bypass the seeming circuitous route with its … Continue reading

Hayduke: Happy Maze Alternate

Chocolate Drops and Land of Standing Rocks from Maze Overlook

Another alternate to consider for those hiking the Hayduke Trail — an exciting route through The Maze and Happy Canyon. I don’t expect many to opt for this alternate, but it is actually my preferred route for a trek across Utah. Approximate Mileage Comparison: Official Hayduke: 85.7 miles Happy Maze … Continue reading

Hayduke: Heart of the Needles

Needles

If doing the official Hayduke Route through Canyonlands (ie no Outpost Resupply or Salt Creek Alternate), I implore you to consider this alternate through the heart of the Needles. I understand the official route is likely the quickest way through the area and could probably be done fast enough to … Continue reading

Hike Guide: Lower Muley Twist

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Lower Muley Twist is a spectacular canyon in Capitol Reef just south of where the Burr Trail Road cuts through the mid-section of the park. Supposedly the name originates from pioneers claiming the canyon could “twist a mule” with its many meanders. Lower Muley Twist is known for its amazing … Continue reading

The Confluence Overlook Trail

The Confluence

The Confluence Overlook Trail is an approximate five-mile trail (each way) to an outstanding viewpoint overlooking the confluence of the Colorado and Green Rivers in the heart of Canyonlands National Park.  At certain times of the year each river flows a different color and the mixing of the two rivers … Continue reading

Hayduke: Monday Canyon

Below Second (Easy) Obstacle

Monday Canyon is a remote canyon on the Kairparowits Plateau. The canyon cuts down the western side of Fiftymile Mountain towards Rogers Canyon which soon turns into Croton Canyon which leads to Lake Powell. The canyon has seen increased usage since becoming a part of the Hayduke Trail (Section 7). … Continue reading

Salt Creek: Lower Jump and Arch

The Lower Jump

As the Salt Creek heads toward the Colorado River in the Needles District of Canyonlands, it makes a grand leap of about 200′ into the inner canyon below. This incredible sight is known as the Lower Jump and at times is makes for an incredible waterfall. More frequently though, one … Continue reading