*March 7th: In the documentary "Flip Flop Flipped" showing in Portland at the Laurelhurst Theater @4pm(info on tickets here)
*March 23rd: Hayduke Trail (~800mi)
*Early June: Tahoe Rim Trail (165mi)
*Mid June: Lost Coast Trail (56mi)
*Late June: ~100mi of the CDT in the Bob Marshall Wilderness, MT where there was a fire reroute in 2013 and I missed seeing the grandness of the Chinese Wall.
*July & August: Great Divide Trail (~750mi)
|Personalized "Taunting Calendar" from Boon Cartoonist|
This post will save Hayduke planners a fair amount of time and effort as I’ve done my best to make this a one stop shop for all the resources and links you might want (let me know if I omitted any). I’ve likened this to a scavenger hunt with how much information is spread out over the Internet about the Hayduke. I realize that not everyone is as paranoid and detailed as I am with prep and planning, so take from it what you find helpful as not all of it is a must read. I’m going to write this as concise and to the point as possible. Someday, hopefully all of this will be integrated into one source. About a month ago, I took this photo in a classroom as I felt like everything was taunting me with all the planning that needed to get done...
**Fair warning to anyone planning to hike the Hayduke. I recommend planning at least 2-3 months before the hike as there are many permits required and knowing your timing and plan of attack is key. This isn’t like other hikes where you can guesstimate a 2-3mi/hr pace. Many sections, you’ll be lucky to make a 1mph pace, and at some points, your days will be dictated by permits and reserved campsites. I will do more posting after the hike on specifics and advice, but for now, you’ll want to find journals of comparable hikers and guesstimate your mileage in accordance with theirs. Dates you choose will be the best guess you can make, but you’ll have a better chance of shifting dates on a preapproved permit than trying to get one at the last minute.
The Hayduke website is managed by HDT co-founder Joe Mitchell. Until a few weeks ago, the site had not been updated in six years. I was able to get in touch with Joe and he kindly updated the site with many of the links listed below. The section updates are not up to date, but the links to journals and resources are there and that’s very helpful. Thanks to Joe for making those updates!
Hayduke Facebook Group
Always nice to have a place to meet other Haydukers, ask questions, and share information. Unlike the bigger trails, there is no need for yearly class pages and this is the only Hayduke group on Facebook.
Hayduke Trail Guidebook
This original guide for the Hayduke was written by trail co-founders Mike Coronella and Joe Mitchell in 2005. It has not been updated, but much of the descriptions are still It is intended as an overview of each section with detailed descriptions including mileages and what hikers will encounter. Although not intended as the sole resource for hiking the HDT, it is one of two main guides that all Haydukers carry as it is quite detailed and informative on the turn by turn descriptions.
Skurka’s Hayduke Bundle
Skurka’s bundle is the must have supplement to the Handbook. His downloadable bundle contains maps, waypoints, alternate routes, and a data book including water sources that are all synced with the descriptions in the Hayduke Handbook, making the two a perfect pairing. He has also included some more detailed background on the areas you’ll be hiking through and I look forward to reading that as I want to truly appreciate the experience. The frustration with the bundle is that it has not been updated in 5 years. There is crucial water and trail data that could really help other hikers that has yet to be integrated into the bundle. He has indicated that he may update it in the coming months and that would be amazing, but until that happens, it is up to hikers to decide how much they want to dig into other journals to fill in the blanks on their own…
Li Brannfors’s Maps & Tracks
Email Li Brannfors EARLY if you want a set of his maps & tracks! If you’ve been in the thru hiking community awhile, you’ve probably heard of Li Brannfors. I am in awe and admiration of Li’s voluntary efforts with creating free maps and tracks on so many young trails. He hikes the trails and takes his own personal time to create informative maps along with waypoints and tracks. He does this for no reason other than that he loves doing it and wants to help future hikers. He has mapsets and/or tracks free for download in his personal Dropbox of files for the Arizona Trail, Hayduke Trail, Pacific Northwest Trail, and Great Divide Trail. Mad respect for Li and I hope to meet him as he lives/works in the Grand Canyon and hosts hikers from time to time. It’s a matter of personal preference, as some might find Brannfors’s maps to be too busy with many notes and alternates, but they help me to see the trail more clearly. Brannfors also has some great additional alternates that are not in the Handbook or Bundle. In a dream world, one resource would combine the Handbook, Bundle, and Brannfors’s maps to make the ultimate HDT guide, but that just doesn’t exist yet…so have fun combining the three…yes, I say that sarcastically as it can be quite time consuming, but it’s totally worth it as once it’s mastered, it’s like having the key that unlocks the adventure of a lifetime! As I said, email him early and often as he's a busy many and it can take 1-2 months (or more!) to get a reply. Maybe someday he'll be comfortable with posting them on a public link...
Buck-30's 2013 Data
Buck-30 and Skittles hiked the HDT in the spring of 2013. Buck-30 put together the most up-to-date info on the routes and water sources. It has yet to be integrated into the Skurka Bundle, so click here to download Buck-30's 2013 Data it along with waypoints of the route that correspond with Skurka's Bundle. Thanks so much to Buck-30 for the time and effort he put into this!
Spiderwoman's 2014 HDT Tips
A wonderfully descriptive list of tips from Spiderwoman and The Braun's fall 2014 HDT hike! She put this together for me and kindly allowed me to share it with others publicly as it is very helpful. At the end of the document is even tips on caching and what she'd do differently if she were to hike the Hayduke again.
In the last two years, there has been a bump in Hayduke hikers and that will just multiply as more information and blogs are out there. I find it best to find a blog of someone comparable to my style of hiking and use their blog to help plan mine. Just in the last year, there has been a great increase in the quality of online blogs and they have all been very responsive to any of the questions or concerns I've had. Here are a list of the most current ones and the ones I found most helpful in my planning. For the sake of time and effort, I will refer you to the Hayduke Website where there is a more complete list that includes most public blogs that have been done on the Hayduke.
*Buck-30 & Skittles Spring 2013
-These two hiked together yet I found reading each of their journals helpful in different ways. Buck-30 has great posts on advice and planning at the end of his journal!
*Nic Barth Fall 2013
-Nic and Tuna Helper embraced the Hayduke and did some of the most amazing alternates. Nic has breathtaking photos and details on the alternates he took. Just a wonderfully inspiring resource! Unfortunately, due to government closures, Nic and Tuna Helper had to cut their trip short at the end.
*Brian & Martina Spring 2014
A wonderfully organized site devoted to the Hayduke! I wish my info here was as visually pleasing and professionally laid out as theirs. Brian and Martina also have a great video of their hike. Due to the intense heat, they either had to cut their trip short or missed a section, I can't recall.
*Again, see the Hayduke official website for a more complete list of most all public Hayduke blogs.
*****************I will have more detailed planning tips and advice after the hike when things settle down in the fall, but I hope this helps keep you busy until then if you are planning a future adveture along the Hayduke!