Hayduke: Through the Needles

  For thru-hikers traveling through the southern portion of Canyonlands there are many options for traversing the Needles District. I get a few emails every year from those doing the Hayduke Trail asking which is the BEST route. IMHO there really is not a “bad” way through the Needles, but it’s hard… Continue reading

Hike Guide: Inside Stevens Arch

Stevens Arch in the lower Escalante is one of the most impressive arches in Utah (and arguably the world!) At 220′ feet wide it’s rumored that a crazy pilot once flew a small plane through its opening. The arch stands high in the Navajo sandstone as the river flows in… Continue reading

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

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