Canyonlands National Park: Hayduke Trail Section

This eight-day, off-trail route explores southern Utah's labyrinthine canyon country--slots, hoodoos, mesas, and bizarre sandstone formations.
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This eight-day, off-trail route explores southern Utah's labyrinthine canyon country--slots, hoodoos, mesas, and bizarre sandstone formations.

It's easy to get off track or miss a water point on this section of the Hayduke Trail. In our June 2008 issue, we teach readers how to plot routes using topo maps and aerial photographs, then send data to their GPS. This route, scouted by our author using ExpertGPS (expertgps.com), shows the best potential route and possible alternatives, plus some key navigational points.

To learn more on how to use new tools for backcountry trips, check out our June 2008 issue on newsstands.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 86.9

Waypoints

WPT001

Location: 38.178257, -109.816963

Trailhead

WPT002

Location: 38.134289, -109.895676

Possible route to river via Red Lake Canyon

WPT003

Location: 38.090061, -109.88485

Cross Jeep Trail

WPT004

Location: 38.04636, -109.838921

Possible exit of Butler Canyon

WPT005

Location: 38.010735, -109.84568

Cross country travel

WPT006

Location: 38.001671, -109.862404

road

WPT007

Location: 37.997864, -109.8713

Road again

WPT008

Location: 37.994949, -109.883286

Remot road

WPT009

Location: 37.969566, -109.913719

Another road

WPT010

Location: 37.960526, -109.950279

Road

WPT011

Location: 37.957985, -109.956329

Stay south of Gypsum Canyon

WPT012

Location: 37.955368, -109.995613

Avoid cliffband; swing south

WPT013

Location: 37.950901, -109.995674

Possbile entry into Fable Valley

WPT014

Location: 37.905178, -110.020409

Cross roads again

WPT015

Location: 37.897301, -110.018059

Southwest to Youngs Canyon

WPT016

Location: 37.874699, -110.040367

Possible descent into Youngs Canyon

WPT017

Location: 37.864876, -110.052302

Other possible drop-in point for Youngs Canyon

WPT018

Location: 37.842224, -110.090981

Head west in Dark Canyon

WPT019

Location: 37.859905, -110.181709

Possible exit point out of Dark Canyon

WPT020

Location: 37.859951, -110.209351

Maze of roads

WPT021

Location: 37.845986, -110.217934

End route