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First thing to know: this is a route, not a trail. It’s logistically challenging, physically demanding, and mentally taxing. Not for the inexperienced or faint of heart. Those who are skilled and tenacious enough to embrace the endless difficulties will find a wealth of solitude and natural beauty. My favorite part about the Hayduke is also the most maddening aspect: the whole thing is a suggestion. There are a myriad of alternates and side trips, which makes planning as cumbersome as it is exciting. You can literally walk the route any way you want, so I did.