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Dreaming of the Hayduke
I've been waiting a long time to hike this one.
Longer than any other hike I think. I kind of just fell into thru-hiking back in 2002 not really knowing it would become addicting and a lifestyle. I basically went from hike to hike to hike and on and on. I didn't even know what the PCT was until almost the end of the AT. I barely knew what the CDT was until the end of the PCT. After the CDT I found other trails to hike like the Arizona Trail or Pacific Northwest Trail or Te Araroa (the New Zealand one) but I never really had any time to dream about a trail. I just did them.
The Hayduke has been a dream. Primarily because it's the only time I've actually been waiting to hike with someone else. I've hiked other long trails with friends but never out of necessity. Always just for fun. The Hayduke is just so damn remote and tricky that it seemed like a good idea to hike with someone else. So I've been biding my time until someone else is (a) just as crazy, and (b) has the time. Rich, aka Skittles is both (a) and (b). We don't really know each other that well but we've both hiked a ton of miles and both have the time to do it so we're doing it.
So, the real question is why do I want to do the Hayduke so badly? It may only be 800 miles but I think it will be the greatest trail I've ever hiked. Utah is by far the most underrated state in the US. I've visited all of the national parks and done bits of hiking but connecting all 5 national parks in Utah, the Grand Canyon and the massive Grand Staircase Escalante monument is going to be freakin' amazing. Plus this is the introduction to the Hayduke's route description.....
Because of the extremely challenging and dangerous nature of this route, you must be a very experienced
desert backpacker in peak physical condition before attempting any section of the Hayduke Trail!
Thru-hikers beware! The Hayduke Trail traverses intensely rugged terrain, is largely off-trail, is not signed
and ranges in elevation from 1,800 feet in the Grand Canyon to 11,419 atop Mt. Ellen's South Summit!
I mean, who wouldn't want to hike this tral after reading that? It doesn't get any more fun that that.
The Hayduke Trail is an extremely challenging, 800-mile backcountry route through some of the most rugged and breathtaking landscapes on earth. Located entirely on public land, the trail links six of the National Parks on the Colorado Plateau in Southern Utah and Northern Arizona with the lesser known, but equally splendid, lands in between them. Encompassed in the route are Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Bryce Canyon, Grand Canyon and Zion National Parks as well as Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and numerous National Forests, BLM Districts, Primitive Areas, Wilderness Areas and Wilderness Study Areas. The Hayduke Trail is not intended to be the easiest or most direct route through this incredibly varied terrain, but is rather meant to showcase the stunning Redrock Wilderness of the American Southwest.
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