Regions & Weather Patterns

I was in Iceland from mid-July through early-August, and the weather that I experienced was fairly average according to the locals. It rained on at least half of the days—not as a downpour, but in continuous waves of horizontal-blowing rain pellets that sometimes would drench one side of my body while the other side remained…

Logistics & Resupply Tips

I was able to rely on passing vehicles for water when I was walking along heavily traveled vehicle tracks like F910 and F26. Food is ludicrously expensive in Iceland, and I was very happy that I brought almost all of mine over from the US. I had to pay an important tax since my food…

Prospective hiker FAQ

The Hayduke Trail (HDT) is an 812-mile hiking route from Arches National Park to Zion National Park, through the heart of “canyon country” in southern Utah and northern Arizona. It is not a formal trail, like the Appalachian or Pacific Crest Trails; rather, it is a well researched suggestion about where and how to travel…

Food & Water

Water Sources Despite a major river cutting through the Canyon, natural water sources are sparse and mostly seasonal. Thankfully, there are numerous non-natural water sources along the RRR route—some are year-round while others are turned on seasonally. Note that occasionally the pipe system fails, in which case these non-natural water sources will not be reliable—there…

Gear Recommendations

Clothing Again, if you know what is most comfortable for you the conditions you will encounter, go for it. Generally, aim for lightweight flexibility. My own outfit consisted of split running shorts, a polyester t-shirt, a lightweight beanie, mid-weight wool gloves, lightweight arm warmers, and a windshirt and windpants. This system worked well: I was…

Trip Logistics

Route Selection The South Kaibab Trail is generally preferred to the Bright Angel Trail: it is more direct, and thus shorter; and the trail itself is more exposed, leading to better views of the Canyon, particularly eastward. The Bright Angel Trail is not as relatively exciting: the views are more limited, and the section along…

Maps, Databook & More Info

Maps The entire park, including the Traverse route, is covered by the National Geographic Trails Illustrated Zion National Park map (#214). Alternatively, you can download the mapset that I developed using National Geographic TOPO! mapping software. The base maps for the mapset are the USGS 7.5-minute quads, adjusted to be at a scale of 1:40,000…

Trip Logistics

Termini The eastern terminus is the East Rim Trailhead, located on UT-9 within eyesight of the East Ranger Station. The western terminus is Lee Pass, located 4 miles up the hill from Exit 40 on I-15. Time of Year There are two optimal seasons to do the Zion Traverse. The first is in the Spring…

Route Tips & Commentary

Alaska is a difficult place to do a long hike. There are few manmade trails or tracks of any notable distance. The brush is often prohibitively thick. Glaciated mountain ranges, swift rivers, and expansive bog lands make many areas impassable during the summer months. And it’s very easy to leave the convenient reach of civilization,…

Route Tips & Commentary

This is a beautiful course and worthwhile doing as a race or as a multi-day backpacking trip. The recommended route—and the one that I mostly followed—parallels the crest of the Alaska Range through foothills on its north side. Views of the range’s big peaks—including 13,020-foot Mount Moffit, 12,339-foot Mount Deborah, and 13,832-foot Mount Hayes—are constant,…