It is a problem when we do this, and sometimes unavoidable. I thought I remember reading that you lived in Utah, and there is a lot of this kind of soil there.
I usually try to stick to washes and similar areas. If ridges are available, I move up on them where there are more game trails, and especially look for sheep trails (sometimes the sheep go places we cannot).
Fortunately most deserts have plenty of washes, and are documented on topo maps to help plan trips.
I think the most important thing is awareness on the part of hikers as to; what it is, and what consequences our impact can have. Unfortunately for uniformed hikers, the crypto looks like an attractive soil to hike on, as the crust can be easier walking than sandy surfaces found in washes.
Glad you brought up the topic.