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Fireweed - Hayduke Trail Journal - 2017

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Mary "Fireweed" Kwart
City: Ashland
State: Oregon
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 20, 2017
Direction: Westbound

Daily Summary
Date: Fri, Apr 21st, 2017
Start: Road below Escalante
End: NE of Horse Creek
Daily Distance: 9
Trip Distance: 9.0

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 367
Journal Visits: 9,593
Guestbook Views: 74
Guestbook Entrys: 1

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Canaan Peak

On the Hayduke Again

After a few days of travel through Reno and Ely, I met Trekker Bob in Kanab where we stayed at the Cowboy Bunkhouse and left his car with a trail angel and avid hiker Deena Farmer. We installed 3 water caches on our way to Escalante driving my truck--in Hack Canyon, on the Stukumpa Road and one above Hackberry Canyon. I left my truck with another Trail angel in Escalante after driving it down to the Death Ridge Road to start the Canaan Peak alternate, which we thought would be an interesting alternate to the main Hayduke route. There were several water tanks along this route, full of good water--just NE of where Lonesome Pine Flat rd takes off to the north--a pond 1/3 full and a tank 1/2 full, a full tank with a great campsite about 1 mile south of Horse Ck Canyon (N 37 36.052 X W 111 44.425), a metal tank full of good water about 1/2 mile w. of the Horse Ck Canyon turn (N 37 36.397 X W 111 44.822), a full metal tank above where road labeled "679" goes north (on map it is labeled a different number) N 37 36.410 X W 111 45.408, and Horse Creek Spring with a full tank at N 37 36.398 X W 111 46.316.
Our enthusiasm for being on the trail again led to getting lost almost immediately by not seeing our route down an obscure brush covered road--luckily on a break I turned on the GPS and saw we had deviated from the trail track andso we re-traced our step for about a mile. There was a big climb up to 9,000 feet right below the steep side of Canaan Peak with large patches of snow, but easily traversed. We saw a lot of tree cutting on private land. The map showed a single dotted line 4wd road connector down from Canaan Peak which in reality was non existent--so we did a little unexpected cross country down a very steep drainage. Not what we were expecting our first day out trying to get our "sea legs". We finally got to a road and found a good flat campsite.

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Hayduke--Escalante To Zion



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