The Hayduke Trail

The Hayduke Trail

A Guide to the Backcountry Hiking Trail on the Colorado Plateau

By Joe Mitchell; Mike Coronella

University of Utah Press, Paperback, 9780874808131, 288pp.

Publication Date: March 9, 2005

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.
Hiking the entire route requires at least three months, though like other long trails it can be broken into smaller segments. The guide, featured in the March 2005 issue of National Geographic Adventure Magazine, is designed for experienced desert trekkers seeking a thorough-hiking experience on a well-tested route.

About the Author

Mike Coronella lives with his family in Moab, Utah, where he works for Red Rock Forests, a non-profit wilderness advocacy group.

Praise For The Hayduke Trail

"This is really quite a trip that takes one through extraordinary country."—Steve Allen, author of Canyoneering


"A challenge and goal worthy of serious consideration by any desert rat."—Dan Miller, author of High in Utah: A Hiking Guide to the Tallest Peak in Each of the State’s Twenty-Nine Counties