Zion to Arches Hike Trip Report

2020 Update: each section below is now clickable leading to its daily journal, photo gallery, and video! In spring 2018 I hiked 726.5 miles over 44 days from Zion to Arches. It was a great hike and I accomplished most of what I set out to do. Similar to the… Continue reading

Video: Rafting Cataract Canyon

Just a week after completing my Zion to Arches Hike (more content on that coming soon — I promise!), I got an impromptu invite to join a float trip down Cataract Canyon. It was my first real white-water trip and it was awesome. We began by motoring down Meander Canyon… Continue reading

Hayduke: Happy Maze Alternate

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

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

The Confluence Overlook Trail

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

Salt Creek: Lower Jump and Arch

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

Boulder Mountain to Moab — Part 4

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | PART 4 NOTE: also see the Interactive Map for this hike or the Video Trip Report. Day 13: In the morning there was some time to kill before the boat arrived. I took the time to get organized and then actually… Continue reading