Scott's Wish List-Backpacking Trips (Mostly Long Distance)

Scott's Wish List-Backpacking Trips (Mostly Long Distance)

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Scott's Wish List-Backpacking Trips (Mostly Long Distance)

This is my wish list of the top backpacking trips I hope to so within my lifetime. All these are hopefully in reach and I hope to get as many as I can, though my family (wife + kids) are my #1 responsibility and their needs come first.


Hikes were selected for various reasons. Some are on the list simply because they are beautiful, some are on the list because they would be a great challenge for me, some are on the list because they are easy enough that I can climb with my wife and kids, some are on the list for their history, some are on the list just for the heck of it. Some are well known and some are very little known, so there are a variety of hikes that I want to do.

Note: This list only includes the wish list since this page was created. Previously, I have already completed many hikes which were on old wish list, thus there is an absence of hikes listed in my favorite areas (since I've already completed them).

The Hikes List was created on September 4 2012, and expanded a few times since then.

When I complete each of the canyons on this list, it will be noted with a date.


My Other Wish List

Mountains and Rocks


Non-Summit Crags and Climbs

Slot Canyons




1 Kokoda Trail  Papua New Guinea   
2 Huayhuash Circuit-Completed July 5 2017  Peru  
Siula Grande
3 John Muir Trail-partially complete  California  
Palisade Creek Outlet
4 Inca Trail  Peru  
The classic view of Huayna...
5 North Boundary Trail   Canada  
Simply Mount Robson (3954 m)...
6 Nigel Pass to Beaver Creek   Canada  
Nigel Peak and her northern...
7 Tonto Trail-mostly completed  Arizona  
Above Hance Creek
8 Kalalau Trail  Hawaii  
9 Highline Trail-mostly completed  Utah  
Pic of Lovenia while climbing...
10 Nahuel Huapi Traverse  Argentina  
Cerro Catedral, Torre Principal (2405m)
11 Haute Route   France/Switzerland  
12 El Mirador Trek   Mexico  
13 Little Colorado River   Arizona  
 Sometimes I feel sorry for the river...
14 Tanner Wash/Hot Na Naa   Arizona  
15 West Clear Creek   Arizona
From Mesa-top
16 Boulder Pass Traverse  Montana  
Kintla and Kinnerly from Boulder
17 Lakes Plateau Loop   Montana  
18 Wallowa River Loop  Oregon  
Ice Lake
19 Sawtooths Loop   Idaho  
Goat Lake
20 Hole in the Rock to Rock Creek  Utah  
21 Narsarsuaq to Narsaq   Greenland  
22 Paria River-partially complete  Utah-Arizona  
Mile 15 - Heart of the Canyon
23 Highline Trail-partially complete  Wyoming  
...From the Green River
24 Top of Kolob Arch   Utah
Kolob Arch
25 Barranca del Cobre   Mexico  
basaseachic falls
26 Flat-Rock Creek Loop   Utah  
27 Wet Beaver Creek  Arizona  
28 Everest Basecamp-Completed December 28 2012  Nepal  
Base Camp
29 Uinta River Loop-partially complete  Utah  
Roberts Peak and Trail Rider Peak
30 Grand Gulch-mostly complete  Utah  
Split Level Ruin
31 Deer Creek-Kanab Loop-partially complete  Arizona  
Lower Deer Creek Falls
32 Sams Mesa Box-Twin Corral Box Loop-partially complete   Utah  
Sams Mesa Box Canyon
33 Stough Lakes and Middle Popo Agie Loop   Wyoming  
Popo Agie Falls
34 Langtang Circuit   Nepal  
Langshisa Ri
35 Scorpion Gulch Loop-Completed May 25 2020  Utah  
Hiking the Escalante River below Scorpion Gulch
36 Gypsum Canyon-partially complete  Utah  
37 CDT Stoney Pass to Rio Grande Reservoir   Colorado  
Rio Grande Pyramid from above
38 Snowy Mountains Loop-Completed July 23 2017  Wyoming  
Typical Shot
39 Wyoming Trail-Completed August 9 2014  Colorado  
Lost Ranger Peak
40 Wonderland Trail-partially complete  Washington  
Photo taken from the west...
41 Ausanguate Circuit   Peru  
Nevado Ausangate
42 Araucania Volcanoes  Chile  
Villarrica during dusk
43 North Cascades Loop   Washington  
Tomyhoi Peak
44 Spider Meadow-Buck Creek Pass Loop   Washington  
Fortress Scramble
45 Seven Devils Loop  Idaho  
He and She Devil
46 Isla del Sol   Bolivia  
Ancohuma - Illampu
47 White Clouds Peak Loop   Idaho  
Boulder Chain Lakes
48 Pioneer Mountains Traverse  Idaho  
Baptie Lake View
49 Sierra Nevada del Cocuy Circuit  Colombia  
Pico La Aguja at the east...
50 Sierra Nevada de Merida  Venezuela  
Pico Bolivar from Espejo


51 North Rainbow Trail-partially complete Utah  
52 Beckwith Plateau/Price River Loop-Completed November 24 2020 Utah
53 Snake Gulch-Completed February 16 2020 Arizona
Pictographs in Snake Gulch
54 Arctic Circle Trail Greenland  
55 Jones Canyon-Completed December 2 2019 Colorado
Rock Formations on Jones Canyon Rim
56 Knowles Canyon to Colorado River-Completed November 1 2020 Colorado
Sunrise on Knowles Canyon
57 Mee Canyon to the Colorado River-Completed April 19 2020 Colorado
Mee Canyon Alcove
58 Clear Creek Arizona
Granite Gorge
59 Nankoweap-partially complete Arizona
Nankoweap Creek Trail
60 Fourmile Canyon/Ticaboo-Completed January 21 2019 Utah
61 Roubideaux Canyon-Completed September 27 2020 Colorado
Roubideau Canyon
62 Parashant-Completed December 26 2020 Arizona
The Radioactive Slot Canyon (Grand Canyon)
63 Fourmile Canyon to Lake Powell-partially completepartially complete Utah
Mount Ellsworth
64 Swett Creek to Lake Powell-partially completepartially complete Utah
Swett Creek
65 Spring and Nates Canyonspartially complete-partially complete Utah  
66 Main Canyon Loop-Completed November 18 2012 Colorado
Main Canyon Tower
67 Slickhorn Canyon-partially complete Utah
A well preserved ruin in Slickhorn Canyon
68 Coal Creek Utah  
69 Floy Canyon-Completed October 31 2021 Utah
A rock tower in Floy Canyon.
70 Phantom to Crystal Loop Arizona  
71 Blue Lake/Indian Point-partially complete Colorado  
72 Silver Falls Creek-Completed March 7 2021 Utah 
Backpacking Silver Falls Creek
73 Saddlehorse Canyon-partially complete Utah  
74 Tanner/Beamer Trail-partially complete Arizona
Tanner Trail - Upper Reaches
75 Bullock Draw/South Fork Coal Wash-Completed December 12 2021 Utah
Exploring Bullock Draw
76 White Crack-partially complete Utah
77 Bandelier National Monument Loop New Mexico
Ceremonial Cave
78 Bullfrog Creek Utah  
79 Fiftymile Point Utah  
80 Catinaccio-Completed June 23 2019 Italy
Vajolet Tower
81 Tour du Blanc Italy/France/Switzerland
Aiguille du Midi and Aiguille Verte
82 Little Dolores River Colorado
Little Delores
83 Cross Canyon Colorado  
84 Under the Rim Trail-partially complete Utah
85 Parunaweap Canyon-partially complete Utah
Parunaweap Canyon
86 Robbers Roost Canyon-Completed December 20 2020 Utah
Robbers Roost Canyon
87 Needles Loop-Completed March 10 2019 Utah
Chessler Park
88 Horseshoe Canyon-partially complete Utah
Horseshoe Canyon
89 Chimney Canyon-Muddy Creek-Completed April 5 2015 Utah
Chimney Canyon
90 Webb/Owl Creek Loop Wyoming  
91 Long, Round, Percy, and Elmo Lakes-Completed September 7 2013 Colorado
Round Lake
92 Little Death Hollow/Horse Canyon/Wolverine Canyon Loop-Completed April 14 2013 Utah
Little Death Hollow
93 Muley Twist Canyon-Completed March 17 2013 Utah
Lower Muley Twist
94 No Mans Canyon  Utah  
95 Lost Creek Wilderness Loop Colorado 
Lost Park Meadow and Peak 10926