812 mi (1307 km)
The challenge of a lifetime
From Arches to Zion via the Grand Canyon, the Hayduke Trail is a long-distance route through the heart of canyon country. This extremely rugged, extremely challenging, and extremely remote path is for the experienced desert backpacker seeking a backcountry challenge like no other.
A homage to Edward Abbey, the Hayduke Trail is located entirely on the public lands he passionately worked to promote, preserve, and protect. It travels through deep canyons, up snowy peaks, and crosses barren desert landscapes with otherworldly geologic formations.
The route is not marked and navigation skills are absolutely essential, particularly when traveling through canyons which often have a single way in and out. The route involves Class 3 and Class 4 scrambling and plenty of cross country route finding. Road crossings and town stops to resupply are rare and water sources can be scarce.
For many desert adventurers this route is the challenge of a lifetime. The ethereal terrain, tremendous solitude, and breathtaking landscapes are the reward.
When to go
March thru May are most ideal as the daytime and nighttime temperatures aren't extreme in the spring. Likewise, September through November are also great but you'll have less daylight.
The route begins in Arches National Park, just outside of Moab, Utah.
Know before you go
- Permits are required for backcountry travel for most of the National Parks, National Monuments, and National Recreation Areas that the route travels through.
- This is not a long-distance path akin to the AT or PCT. There are no trail angels to help should you have an emergency and you will probably not see any other thru-hikers. Aside from encountering the occasional day hiker, plan to be entirely on your own.