Hike Guide: The Upper Paria

Upper Paria

The Upper Paria doesn’t get as much attention as the Lower Paria a little farther south. The Upper Paria (rhymes w/ “Maria”)  is located in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and is a braided river in a much more wide-open canyon than its lower counterpart which is famous for its … Continue reading

Hayduke Alt: Via Escalante East (Upper Muley/The Gulch)

Cap Arch and exit canyon

Update to the Hayduke Trail Reference: This is the second/northern option that I present to Hayduke Hikers looking for an alternate to connect the Burr Trail Switchbacks (HDT Section 6 Start) to Escalante. If you haven’t already, read the pros/cons for skipping this part of official Hayduke and get the … Continue reading

Hayduke Alt: Via Escalante East (Choprock/Harris)

Lower Choprock

Update to the Hayduke Trail Reference: Almost all Hayduke Hikers end up in the town of Escalante for a re-supply (or do an inconvenient cache pre-hike.) Getting to this small town from the route usually means a long and sometimes difficult hitch along the Hole-in-the-Rock Road. However, many great canyons … Continue reading

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

Undercut1

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