We left the Grand Enchantment Trail looking to trade in endless crossings of the Gila for something a little more rocky and red. Not that New Mexico wasn't great, but Utah is great too. So when our friend from the PCT, Bloody Mary, invited us to hike a section of the Hayduke trail with her, we couldn't refuse.
The Hayduke is an 800-mile route that one follows through all the most amazing places in Southern Utah: from Arches National Park to Zion. Sometimes it's a road walk, sometimes it's a cow-trail, and sometimes it's a cross-country walk from one canyon to another. Sometimes it's scrambling down rocky cliffs and passing packs from one person to so you can leap across a ravine. The Hayduke is many different things, but one is for sure: it's impossible to describe. Pictures can sometimes, maybe do it justice, but probably not... and it's a struggle to find the right words.
All I know is that I'll be going back.
For some much better pictures of this epic trail, check out Bloody Mary's instagram!
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Other Neat Things:
My friends Harpo and Groucho are some bad-ass thru-hiking vegans. Read their blog here.
Idyllwild is a favorite trail town for many PCT hikers. This online magazine has featured a few hikers and also keeps up with mountain-town happenings.
Future Dad is thru-hiking the Pacific Crest, Te Aurora and Appalachian Trails back-to-back-to-back, all in one year! He's also a really awesome story teller. Read his stories here.