Pets allowed
Not Allowed
Elevation Gain
9,354.00 ft (2,851.10 m)
Trail type
76.50 mi (123.11 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 6 that follows provides an overview, but is not to be solely relied upon to successfully navigate the trail.

Section 6 of the Hayduke Trail begins from the Burr Trail and sets off southward through the Lower Muley Twist. This beautiful and twisting canyon is relatively easy hiking and incredibly scenic. There are some amazing alcoves, and towering canyon walls.

You’ll leave the twist for Halls Creek, a dry wash. The Muley Tanks, the only likely water in his area, are located just off trail from here. Continue down Halls, finding a trail in areas that provides easier walking than the wash bottom.

You’ll then leave the wash and follow an abandoned miners’ road up a shoulder of the Red Slide. This will lead you to the top of the Waterpocket Fold, where you’ll then descend through Middle Moody Canyon to the Escalante River.

The Hayduke then follows the Escalante River for close to 30 miles. The hiking through here is difficult, borderline ridiculous. Pack-rafting is an option, but the river usually isn’t flowing high enough. A better option, if looking to avoid the Escalate, is to follow the Baker Route/Steven’s Canyon alternate. This alternate is stunning and avoids the tedious bushwhacking and river crossings.

However you choose to go, you’ll eventually end up at Coyote Gulch. This stunning canyon is a popular destination, so expect to see other backpackers as you work your way up. Highlights include the Coyote Natural Bridge, and Jacob Hamblin Arch.

The Hayduke then exits Coyote Gulch and follows Hurricane Wash all the way to Hole in the Rock Road. This marks the end of Section 6. This is also where most hikers will choose to hitch into the small town of Escalante. It is a long hitch, and traffic can be light on this gravel road, but most anyone driving out here should be happy to help a fellow adventurer get into town.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass


Open Year-round



Lower Muley Twist. Stunning Coyote Gulch.


The Escalante River is extremely slow and tough hiking (can be avoided with an alternate route).

Trailhead Elevation

4,987.00 ft (1,520.04 m)

Highest point

6,575.00 ft (2,004.06 m)


Near lake or river
Backcountry camping
Big vistas

Typically multi-day


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