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2 To Escalante

Hayduke Trail 2...Now the adventure really started with 8 days to the town of Escalante! We rejoined the actual Hayduke trail to hike over our first mountain range 'The Henry's' and into snow before dropping into the wild 'Tarantula Mesa' a series of rocky cliff descents to the Waterpocket Fold of Capitol Reef National Park. From there down the amazing 'Lower Muley Twist' canyon to leave the Hayduke again down Halls Creek with its beautiful desert flowers then up rock slabs into a grand finale- Steven's Canyon, the Escalante river, Coyote Gulch and out to Hurricane Wash trailhead. Check out our 5 minute vimeo too!
1 To Hanksville....2 To Escalante....3 To Arizona....4 Grand Canyon-Zion
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Hiking up towards the Henry mountains
Hiking up towards the Henry mountains
Bad weather approaches!
Bad weather approaches!
looking back down east from the lower slopes
looking back down east from the lower slopes
We camp beneath aspens in snow
We camp beneath aspens in snow
Hiking on jeep tracks the next morning
Hiking on jeep tracks the next morning
The Henry's
The Henry's
We divert round the 11,400ft summit due to high winds and snow
We divert round the 11,400ft summit due to high winds and snow
Circling the west side on jeep tracks
Circling the west side on jeep tracks
Descending down under the snow
Descending down under the snow
Easy hiking away from the Henry's
Easy hiking away from the Henry's
Easy hiking away from the Henry's
Easy hiking away from the Henry's
We find our water source
We find our water source
Camp in pinyon juniper
Camp in pinyon juniper
At the top of the Tarantula Mesa cliff band- we find a cairn -hoorah!
At the top of the Tarantula Mesa cliff band- we find a cairn -hoorah!
Navigating down washes below the cliffs
Navigating down washes below the cliffs
Prickly pear
Prickly pear
Below Tarantula Mesa upper cliff band
Below Tarantula Mesa upper cliff band
Looking for the drop into Swap Canyon -complex rocky terrain made for slow going
Looking for the drop into Swap Canyon -complex rocky terrain made for slow going
Beautiful spring flowers
Beautiful spring flowers
Red rock on a black coal layers
Red rock on a black coal layers
Swap Canyon
Swap Canyon
Campsite in Swap Canyon wash (hoping we don't get any overnight rain!)
Campsite in Swap Canyon wash (hoping we don't get any overnight rain!)
Approaching Capital Reef NP and the 'Waterpocket fold'
Approaching Capital Reef NP and the 'Waterpocket fold'
Waterpocket fold
Waterpocket fold
Looking back east to the Henry's from the Burr Trail jeep road
Looking back east to the Henry's from the Burr Trail jeep road
Signing the register before heading into Lower Muley Twist canyon
Signing the register before heading into Lower Muley Twist canyon
Lower Muley Twist
Lower Muley Twist
Lower Muley Twist
Lower Muley Twist
Potholes in Lower Muley Twist
Potholes in Lower Muley Twist
Lower Muley Twist
Lower Muley Twist
Weird rock shapes
Weird rock shapes
Hiking down under alcoves
Hiking down under alcoves
Alcove magic
Alcove magic
Brian reads more maps
Brian reads more maps
Muley Twist alcove
Muley Twist alcove
Dried mud in the stream bed
Dried mud in the stream bed
Muley Twist
Muley Twist
Cowboy camp alcove
Cowboy camp alcove
Cowboy camp artefacts
Cowboy camp artefacts
Muley Twist
Muley Twist
Rock art
Rock art
Exiting Muley Twist- what a 12 miles!
Exiting Muley Twist- what a 12 miles!
Muley Tanks - a beautiful spot and historic water source in these dry parts
Muley Tanks - a beautiful spot and historic water source in these dry parts
Halls Creek with flood debris
Halls Creek with flood debris
Halls Creek - open vistas
Halls Creek - open vistas
Halls Creek
Halls Creek
Quick sand abounded in the creek bed and sometimes we got sucked in....
Quick sand abounded in the creek bed and sometimes we got sucked in....
Looking back north in Halls Creek
Looking back north in Halls Creek
Green sage meadows in Halls Creek
Green sage meadows in Halls Creek
Camp at the southern end of Halls Creek before it merges with Lake Powell
Camp at the southern end of Halls Creek before it merges with Lake Powell
Climbing the rock slabs from Halls Creek into the Escalante drainage
Climbing the rock slabs from Halls Creek into the Escalante drainage
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