I have done quite a few 3-4 day backpack trips in Utah - Grand Gulch, Salt Creek in Canyonlands, Bryce, Coyote Gulch Escalante, ...
We are planning a late Sept. - Oct. trip for this fall. Any suggestions of a trip which might provide 20-30 miles of moderate backpacking?
I must admit that the hikes I've done are of much shorter length. The best book I've read about hiking in Utah is "Hiking Utah" by Bill Schneider. It's a Falcon guide. He lists quite a few of his best hikes for backpackers.
Because of the time of year, you're obviously looking at something in central or southern Utah since the weather in the north can be quite unpredictable.
He talks about the Egypt-Twentyfive Mile Wash in the Grandstaircase-Escalante National Monument. Arch Canyon near Blanding. The Dark Canyon Wilderness south of Canyonlands. The Fish Lake Mountains. Upheaval Dome in Canyonlands.
I would recommend you consider buying this book off of Amazon (only $15.95 or so) for more options.
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