Pets allowed
Elevation Gain
10,656.00 ft (3,247.95 m)
Trail type
65.00 mi (104.61 km)
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The Hayduke Trail is a remote, rugged and challenging 800 mile backcountry route across Southern Utah and Northern Arizona. The route leads through varied terrain from Arches to Zion. You’ll pass through all five of Utah’s national parks, as well as the Grand Canyon. The Hayduke Trail is only for experienced backpackers. Those lacking in desert hiking experience may quickly find themselves in trouble as the off trail navigation, lack of water, long food carries, general remoteness and harsh weather can pose a daunting challenge. Anyone planning a section or thru hike of the Hayduke Trail should complete adequate research beforehand and consider purchasing the official guidebook and Skurka bundle. The brief description of Section 10 that follows provides an overview, but is not to be solely relied upon to successfully navigate the trail.

Section 10 of the Hayduke Trail begins at the Stateline Campground and northern terminus of the Arizona Trail. This small campground makes a great place to spend a night, and you’ll likely see others here, but keep in mind there is no water at the campground.

You’ll follow the Arizona Trail for essentially the entirety of this section. The nice, well traveled and signed trail should be an enjoyable experience for Haydukers having hiked here from Arches!

It begins with a decent climb up from the colorful rock formations of Utah and slowly into the pine forest of the Kaibab Plateau. You’ll pass close to Jacob Lake, where there is a lodge, restaurant and small store with snacks.

Continue ahead as you gain elevation gradually and hike through the pine forest. Keep in mind that the Kaibab Plateau is snowed in all winter, and often through late spring. If it has been a big snow year, it may be impassible requiring you to take a lower elevation alternate to bypass the plateau.

The Hayduke splits from the Arizona Trail as you near the canyon and follows the Dog Saddle Road along the national park boundary until reaching Saddle Mountain Trailhead. This is the end of Section 10 and the start of the Nankoweap Trail. You’ll also have your first stunning views into the Grand Canyon from this point.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass


Open Year-round



Follows Arizona Trail making for easy, straightforward hiking. Pine forest.


May be snowed in during spring.

Trailhead Elevation

4,985.00 ft (1,519.43 m)

Highest point

9,173.00 ft (2,795.93 m)


Backcountry camping
Big vistas

Typically multi-day


Permit required




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