Pets allowed
Not Allowed
Elevation Gain
8,774.00 ft (2,674.32 m)
Trail type
64.70 mi (104.12 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 9 that follows provides an overview, but is not to be solely relied upon to successfully navigate the trail.

Section 9 of the Hayduke Trail begins at the Willis Creek Trailhead off Skutumpah Road. You’ll then follow Willis Creek Road as it heads toward Bryce Canyon. There is an unfortunate issue of private property near the end of this road walk. According to the guidebook, there is an easement and you are allowed to walk through. But the locked gate and no trespassing signs make one think otherwise. Use your best judgement. (Note that the Bryce Canyon Extension alternate avoids this private property issue.)

Once through you’ll continue up Agua Canyon and to the Under-the-Rim Trail. Follow this through the national park then down to Riggs Spring and a road.

You’ll continue following gravel/dirt roads to Bullrush Gorge. Follow the gorge down. No Man’s Mesa follows, then Park Wash and Kitchen Corral Canyon. A long and unexciting sand/dirt/gravel road walk leads to Highway 89 where hikers can hitch into Kanab (or Page) for resupply.

Past the highway you’ll continue down Kaibab Gulch, which is the start of Buckskin Gulch.
Follow this deepening canyon until you cross House Rock Valley Road and come to the Upper Buckskin Gulch Trailhead.

From this point you’ll follow the well traveled path toward Wire Pass. Buckskin narrows dramatically as you near, and is fantastic hiking. Do be cautious of the immense flash flood danger in this area if weather is questionable.

You’ll then hike out to Wire Pass Trailhead. There should be plenty of day hikers here in vehicles, which you could Yogi water from if needed.

Continue down the road until the Stateline Campground and northern terminus of the Arizona Trail. This marks the end of Section 9.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass


Open Year-round



Bryce Canyon. Bullrush Gorge. Buckskin Gulch.


Private Property. Long road walk to Highway 89 and little water.

Trailhead Elevation

6,170.00 ft (1,880.62 m)

Highest point

8,980.00 ft (2,737.10 m)


Backcountry camping
Big vistas

Typically multi-day


Permit required



Nearby Adventures


great route
nice track
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