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Gabriel Pramuk
(gpramuk) - F

Locale: West
Colorado Trail to Hayduke??? on 03/10/2011 01:27:41 MST Print View

I haven't looked into this too much... but am wondering how one might connect the Colorado trail and the Hayduke trail. Eastern Hayduke terminus to either end of the Colorado Trail, preferable Denver end. I realize it is WAY east, but is there a way to go up north around the CT without hitting it til near Denver? Maybe connect to the CDT in northern CO? Any notable trails in western/northern Colorado? Dunno where to go for a resource on trail finding/route creating.

I may find myself in Colorado in July, looking for something to do.


Eric Blumensaadt
(Danepacker) - MLife

Locale: Mojave Desert
CT in July on 03/10/2011 14:34:15 MST Print View


Three or four of us will be on the CT by July 1st doing the entire southern half up to Section 16.

June may be a bit soon unless you have some microspikes for your boots and a self-arrest handle on one walking stick for the snow pack areas.

BTW, I have the book on theHayduke Trail. It's not for beginners!

Edited by Danepacker on 03/13/2011 14:04:41 MDT.

Gabriel Pramuk
(gpramuk) - F

Locale: West
snow on 03/10/2011 15:27:23 MST Print View

No biggie... been in the San Juans, and the Sierras in late May, early June, CDT/PCT.
But I will be there long after this year... more like July.

I am trying to link together some trails to get from where the Hayduke ends at the CO border, hike northeast, hit the CDT, hike south on the CDT, meet the Colorado trail...
COuld even go north, in the Wasatch, go further north and hit the Oregon or California Trail, then hike south on the CDT.

Just trying my hand at creating my own route.

I want to hike the AZT north, meet up with the Hayduke, take that to CO, hike through CO east, hike south on the CT or CDT, meet up with the Grand Enchantment and meet up with the AZT again. Not this year, but I will likely be in CO in summer, and would be willing to scout it out. I'll probably thru-hike the CT trail in August.

Is there a site that maps out most of the notable long distance trails, like the National Scenic Trail map I got from a National Geographic mag, but with more?

If not, it should exist. Knowing names of trails doesn't help. I want a visual... "Do these lines meet or cross or even come close?" Anyone wanna help? joint project?

Thanks, Gabe

David Chenault
(DaveC) - BPL Staff - F

Locale: Crown of the Continent
Hayduke to CT on 03/10/2011 19:28:31 MST Print View

Take the Paradox Trail (mainly a mountain bike route) from the La Sals to the Tabeguache Trail north of Naturita. Take the Tab south, then improv a bit to get down into the Sneffels region. Hike down into Ouray then up into the mountains, and hit the CT.

The Uncompahgre Plateau is a cool spot.

Peter Sustr
(czechxpress) - F - M

Locale: Boulder
check out his hike on 03/10/2011 21:38:48 MST Print View

Here is the data you seek. Go to

Trauma hiked from Durango, end of CT, to Vegas, using the Hayduke trail.

Benjamin Mayberry
(benmayberry) - F

Locale: Wetside Cascades
Visual on 03/11/2011 00:22:13 MST Print View

I briefly toyed around with a similar idea while planning a hike earlier this year. It looked like this in Google Earth: Loop

Gabriel Pramuk
(gpramuk) - F

Locale: West
now we're talkin' on 03/11/2011 10:05:16 MST Print View

Four corners loop looks plausible.

I'm seeing some good info here. Seems really tough to go from East Hayduke terminus to east CT terminus... but that is ok.

I want to do AZT, Hayduke, CT, and GET all end to end, and connect them... too tricky. but shorten a couple of them and it looks quite doable. Thanks!