Hike Guide: Balanced Rock and Red Slot

The Balanced Rock and Red Slot are two amazing off-the-beaten-path spots to see in an off-the-beaten-path area. By that I mean that many hikers who visit the remote region (the Upper Paria) actually stick to the river corridor and skip the short diversion required to see theses spots. IMHO anyone hiking… Continue reading

Video: Hackberry and Upper Paria Exploration

This past spring I completed a series of “shorter” hikes instead of doing one big thru-hike. Here’s the video trip report for the first hike where I explored up Hackberry Canyon and then the highlands above the Upper Paria: Continue reading

Zion to Arches Hike Trip Report

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 video trip report, I’m splitting the written report into multiple sections to make it easier to focus… Continue reading

Hike Guide: The 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)

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)

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 Reese Canyons

Navajo and Reese 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