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

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

Boulder Mountain to Moab — Part 4

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 had a swim in the Colorado River. This was quite the memory! Somebody once told me that one could wade across the Colorado at Spanish… Continue reading

Boulder Mountain to Moab — Part 3

Day 9: Woke up to sunshine and promptly got out all my wet gear to get it dry before going back into my pack. The shortcut route down to Poison Canyon was a bit of a slog, but it was better than walking along the highway to upper part of… Continue reading

Across Utah 2009

At the end of April 2009 I set out on my most ambitious long-distance hike to date: a 725-mile, 49-day journey across the entire state of Utah. It was the culmination of many months of planning after many, many years of shorter treks in the state. At that time I… Continue reading

Video: Across Canyonlands (part 1 of 2)

HD footage from my 16-day, 176-mile hike across Canyonlands National Park and through the Abajo Mountains. Part 1 includes Horseshoe Canyon, Moqui Canyon, North Canyon, The Maze, The Dollhouse, Spanish Bottom, The Needles and more. Continue reading

Across Canyonlands: Part 2

Day 7: Got up and tried to pump some water from the Colorado which I had let settle overnight. It was a tough job and took 10+ minutes just to get a liter. Packed up my gear and met up with the river runners (Tex’s Riverways of Moab, a great… Continue reading

Across Canyonlands: Part 1

Below is the Daily Journal account from my original Curb Pavement website which tracked my hike across Canyonlands and the Abajo Mountains — one of the longest stretches w/o pavement in the United States. It was only my second major hike (100+ miles) and looking back my perspective was definitely… Continue reading