Welcome to the Hayduke
About the Hayduke Trail. The Hayduke is an 812 mile route that traverses the Colorado Plateau - not in the shortest possible way, but meandering to link together the Plateau's most beautiful areas, national parks and national monuments including Grand Staircase Escalante and Bears Ears National Monument (at least in its original designation). It was developed in the late 1990s by Joe Mitchell and Mike Coronella.
Sunny's Hayduke Project in a nutshell: a celebration of vast expanses of open space, the wild magic of the Colorado Plateau, and solitary human-powered distance travel. April - May 2018.
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Why hike across the Colorado Plateau?
Because it's beautiful. And big. And way out there. But also because this is one of the key areas of the Trump administration's attack on public lands, with the Hayduke leading right through the heart of Grand Staircase Escalante - one of the largest remaining roadless wilderness areas in the lower 48 - as well as Bears Ears National Monument. If development enters the contested areas of Grand Staircase Escalante and Bears Ears, the days of being able to hike the full magnificent length of the Hayduke in its current form may well be numbered.
Hiking the length of the Hayduke has been on my bucket list since I first heard about the trail ('trail' may be an overstatement - 'backcountry route' is the more appropriate description). The Utah desert and the Grand Canyon are two of my favorite places in the world and the Hayduke links both of them in a most intriguing, challenging way. With the current political climate, it seems like now is the time to get out there and experience the gems of wild country that are being threatened by the administration. With this hike I want to tackle a big physical and personal challenge - because that is the type of adventure that I thrive on - and I want to bring back images and experiences that I can share to help tell the story of why we need to fight for the protection of our public lands.