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Category : Hayduke

I hiked this trail in Spring 2016 and again in Fall 2017. Then I hiked my own version of it in 2019. It was fun.

From the back cover of the book that started it all:

Traversing six national parks (Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Bryce, Grand Canyon, Zion), a national recreation area, a national monument, and various wilderness, primitive, and wilderness study areas, the Hayduke Trail is a challenging, 800-mile backcountry route on the Colorado Plateau. Whimsically named for a character in Edward Abbey’s The Monkey Wrench Gang, the trail begins in Arches National Park and ends in Zion National Park, stays entirely on public land, and traverses the complete variety of terrain available to hikers on the Plateau short of technical climbing.

Joe Mitchell and Mike Coronella pioneered Hayduke after concluding that a long trail—such as the Appalachian or Pacific Crest— was possible on the Plateau, thus introducing more people to these unique and threatened public lands. The Hayduke Trail includes detailed maps of the entire route, suggested cache points, and a wealth of description and tips for tackling this intense undertaking.

Party at Pancho’s

…down the rabbit hole indeed. I did some hitch hiking on the Colorado River in Grand Canyon and next thing I knew I was camping the SUPER coveted Pancho’s Kitchen shore and partying with these cool cats. Little did I know that Wednesday was Mardi Gras and that I’d be playing such hard core drinking… continue reading

Bark Scorpion Attack

🦂 Further down the rabbit hole: Thursday night I accidentally slept with an Arizona Bark Scorpion, the most venomous scorpion in North America. (It can be deadly to children, pets and the elderly and immune compromised.) When I rolled over in my sleep at 9:40pm I was jolted awake by the most awful thorny sensation… continue reading


I had anxiety about the plunge pools in Saddle Canyon (within Grand Canyon National Park) because nobody gives too much detail about where they are and how to navigate them (and I won’t either – mwa ha ha). And it was thunder storming when I entered. And I was alone. It was weird, but it… continue reading


As if to say, “I’m sorry, but, I’m not sorry,” the universe provided me with both these finds, within a few yards of one another on my road walk, about 12 hours after my scorpion bites. Don’t care much what kind of snake or beer it was, I loved ’em both. I made the snake… continue reading

Off the Bison Path

I just followed a bison path off the dirt road I was walking because some “buffalo” hunters in a jeep sorta gave me the creeps. And I made the mistake of telling them where I’m headed tonight. The bison path led right to a cliff with this view, which makes me wonder… Should we be… continue reading

Wilson Update

An update on my sweet hiking companion, Wilson (the mini basketball). I was informed by a couple Grand Canyon backcountry rangers (Eston & Della) that Wilson was part of a sports ball stash that has been there for some reason for many many years. I packed Wilson out thinking the balls were trash. Whoops! (Pack… continue reading

Ultra Lame

South to North to South rim ultra runners tough out the chilly thunderstorms on the North Kaibab Trail in Grand Canyon 5/14/2016. If only these guys could yield to uphill hikers, announce “on your left,” and not talk 10 decibels louder than anyone else in the park about their mileage stats or their jock itch,… continue reading


I am the worst daughter ever. My mother worries about me of course, and this morning she told me she had a nightmare about falling and was worried about me falling. And before that this morning I went to take a self portrait on the edge of the Grand Canyon, with a 600′ drop, and… continue reading


You can drive up to the park and peer over the rim or even hike down a few thousand feet. You can hire a plane or a helicopter. You can float down the Colorado River in a boat. But I’m now absolutely certain there’s no better way to meet it and see it than by… continue reading