Sharing the journey. One thru-hike at a time.
2015 HAYDUKE TRAIL JOURNAL
Avg. Daily Miles
About The HDT: March 23rd – May 23rd
More of a route than a blazed trail, the rugged and remote Hayduke Trail weaves for over 800mi, ranging in elevation from 1,800ft-11,419ft, as it goes through the Southwestern US desert, hitting the prominent national parks of Arches, Canyonlands, Capital Reef, Glen Canyon, Bryce Canyon, and the Grand Canyon. It was quite the experience for a midwestern gal who had never set foot in any of these places before and had only done long hikes on actual trails.
BASE PACK WEIGHT: 13lbs. 10.2oz.
Before The Hike
On the Horizon for 2015…
1 Day til Start Date…Drivin’ to Moab!
6 Days til Start Date…Sharing the Journey
11 Days til Start Date…Updated Gear For the Hayduke Trail
28 Days til Start Date…Hayduke Trail Planning, UGH!
33 Days til Start Date…Loose Ends…
38 Days til Start Date…What is the Hayduke Trail? (Part 2)
43 Days til Start Date…What Is the Hayduke Trail? (Part 1)
I’m Not the Only One
During The Hike
Day 1: Rolling Out The Dirt Carpet
Day 2: No Lack of Sand
Day 3: Off My Game
Day 4: Heavy Loads & Dirt Roads
Day 5: The Much Needed Pause Button
Day 6: Welcome to Canyonlands
Day 7: Peekaboo & Salt Creek With A Tummy Ache
Day 8: Rebounding In Salt Creek
Day 9: Gettin’ There In Ruin & Dark Canyon
Day 10: Seeing The Light In Dark Canyon
Day 11: Hite Done Right
Day 12: Three Days In One!?
Day 13: Hanksville Hustle
Day 14: A Hanksville Zero
Day 15: Into the Henry Mtns…
Day 16: Mt Ellen in the WIND!
Day 17: Reward Meets The Effort
Day 18: Memorable Muley Twist Day
Day 19: Stevens Cyn/Halls Creek Alt Greatness
Day 20: Stevens Canyon & Coyote Gulch
Day 21: Made It To Escalante
Day 22: Gettin’ Out Of Escalante
Day 23: We Knew There’d Be Days Like This
Day 24: Canyon Cruising
Day 25: Cold Canyon Cruising
Day 26: Cold Road To Cool Narrows
Day 27: Independence Day
Day 28: Smooth Sailin’
Day 29: A Nero To Tropic
Day 30: Bryce Canyon Day
Day 31: Trail on the Hayduke!?
Day 32: Early to Kanab
Days 33 & 34: Kanab Double Zero!
Day 35: Well, I’m Consistent
Day 36: The Long Short Day
Day 37: The Marathon Day
Day 38: Sand Sloggin’
Day 39: Surviving the Hayduke
Day 40: Leaving For The Grand Canyon
Day 41: The Arizona Trail
Day 42: All Over The Place
Day 43: Grand Canyon: Nankoweap Tr, Horsetheif Alt, Colorado River
Day 44: Grand Canyon: Colorado River Bushwhack & Beamer Trail
Day 45: Grand Canyon: Beamer Trail & Escalante Route
Day 46: Grand Canyon: Tonto Trail
Day 47: Grand Canyon: S Kaibab Tr to S Rim
Day 48: A GRAND Zero
Day 49: Grand Canyon: Bright Angel & Tonto West Trails
Day 50: Grand Canyon: Tonto West Trail
Day 51: Grand Canyon: Tonto West & S Bass Trails
Day 52: Grand Canyon: North Bass Trail
Day 53: Grand Canyon: Saddle Canyon & Tapeats Creek
Day 54: Grand Canyon: Tapeats Cr, Thunder R, Deer Cr, Colorado R
Day 55: Grand Canyon: Colorado River & Kanab Creek
Day 56: Farewell Grand Canyon
Day 57: In The Pocket
Day 58: Colorado City Walk
Day 59: Walkin’ On The Hayduke Beach
Day 60: Zion Baby!
Day 61: Hayduke Finish & Bonus Traverse
Day 62: Unplanned & Wonderful Ending…
After The Hike