The stretch of the Hayduke Trail in the Grand Canyon which connects Deer Creek to Hack Canyon is fairly tough. The portion along the Colorado often hugs the slanted slopes above the river where one must be on guard constantly against cactus and sharp rocks wanting nothing more than to poke the unsuspecting hiker. Then the stretch up lower Kanab Creek requires pool dodging, several minor scrambles over boulders, and then several miles trudging up a wash filled with ankle-breaker cobblestones. The portion through Hack Canyon is barren and can be a scorcher. Despite the slow nature of the route — it’s still pretty amazing.
Until I have time for a formal write-up, check out the photos/captions below or see my trip report and video from my 9-day hike through the area in 2008: