A Backpacker’s Bucket List

I’ve been scouring the internet and various books to learn more about trails around the world. So far this is my bucket list of hikes and backpacking trips that I’d like to accomplish. Who knows if I’ll ever be able to do them all, but it’s worth a try!

North America

  1. The Appalachian Trail
    Travels from Georgia to Maine
    2,180 Miles
  2. The Pacific Crest Trail
    Travels from Mexico to Canada
    2,650 Miles
  3. The Continental Divide Trail
    Travels from New Mexico to Montana/Idaho
    3,100 Miles
  4. The John Muir Trail
    215 Miles
  5. The Long Trail
    273 Miles
  6. Dosewallips to Lake Quinault, Olympic National Park
    34 Miles
  7. Gates of the Arctic National Park
  8. Sierra High Route
    210 Miles
  9. Kalalau Trail
    22 Miles
  10. Wonderland Trail
    93 Miles
  11. Bigfoot Trail
    400 Miles
  12. Hayduke Trail
    Arizona, Colorado, & Utah
    800 Miles
  13. The Beaten Path
    25 Miles
  14. Mountains to Sea Trail
    North Carolina
    1,150 Miles
  15. The Florida Trail
    1,300 Miles



  1. Tour de Mont Blanc
    France, Italy, & Switzerland
    105 Miles
  2. Torres Del Paine
    52 Miles
  3. Laugavegurinn Trail
    34 Miles
  4. Queen Charlotte Track
    New Zealand
    44 Miles
  5. Jomolhari Trek
    66 Miles
  6. Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
    30 Miles
  7. The Dingle Way
    112 Miles
  8. Lukla to Everest Base Camp
    70 Miles
  9. The Overland Track
    50 Miles
  10. Gunung Rinjani
    14 Miles
  11. North Drakensberg Traverse
    South Africa
    41 Miles
  12. Te Araro Trail
    New Zealand
    1,865 Miles
  13. The Sir Samuel & Lady Florence Baker Historical Trail
    South Sudan to Uganda
    360 Miles
  14. Urique-Batopilas Trail
    Copper Canyon, Mexico
    30 Miles
  15. The Long Range Traverse
    Newfoundland, Canada
    25 Miles
  16. The Ancascocha Trail
    19 Miles (plus bus & train to Machu Picchu)
  17. Beacons Way
    95 Miles
  18. West Highland Way
    96 Miles
  19. Scottish National Trail
    537 Miles
  20. Cape Wrath Trail
    200 Miles
  21. Camino de Santiago
    497 Miles

14 thoughts on “A Backpacker’s Bucket List

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  2. That is a good list. You ought to check out the Wonderland Trail, Bigfoot Trail and the Hayduke Trail too, if you are into the long routes. The Beaten Track in the the Beartooth Mountains is pretty awesome too.


    • Thank you! And thanks for stopping by my blog and taking the time to comment! I will definitely check those trails out today. I love learning about new trails, it’s eye opening to realize just how many trails there are and how big the world is.


  3. Brecon Beacons in the U.K. (Wales, I think). Pretty rugged national park, the SAS conduct selection there (mostly when the weather is bad). There are many caves and archaeological sites, and supposedly King Arthur and the “Lady of the Lake” as well.


    • Thanks so much for the suggestion! I will look into that one. I’ve been surprised at many amazing hikes there are in the U.K. for such a small country. I’m sure Wales has some pretty amazing sights to see. I know my granddad used to hike out there a lot.


    • I know! I’m ashamed! I’ve found quite a few trails through the UK that I do need to add to the list. And I was reading about West Highland Way last, I saw that it was added to the International Appalachian Trail. It looked beautiful. Thank you for the suggestions! I’m going to look up all of those and add them to the list 🙂

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  4. Great list! I have a lot of the same on my list. I’m hoping to do JMT this summer, and have done Tour du Mont Blanc, Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu, Ausangate, and Camino de Santiago in the past few years. This makes me realize how many great trails are out there. Thanks!


    • Thank you so much! I hope you get to do the JMT this summer. I’d love to be out there soon, but alas financials are in the way. Hopefully it’ll happen in the next couple of years. I’ll admit I’m a little jealous of the trails you done already! Tour du Mont Blonc is at the top of my bucket list. The list is constantly growing so if you have any suggestions please let me know! Happy Trails!


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  6. A fun list. Surprised not to see the Milford Track in New Zealand (Queen Charlotte is OK, but Milford is really exceptional–so popular and at the shorter end of trails here). Colorado Trail (http://www.coloradotrail.org) here in Colorado belongs in this list, though. JMT obviously a subset of Pacific Crest (except the chunks from Crabtree Meadows to Whitney and from Tuolumne Meadows down into Yosemite Valley). High Sierra Trail is often overlooked in Sierra–while far shorter than Muir, it hits some really spectacular country with fewer hikers (Sky Parlor Meadow in early summer is really special). A wrinkle rarely considered on High Sierra Trail is to start on the Middle Fork trail down low, run through Redwood Meadow (backcountry sequoia grove–camping in there positively surreal and an experience you cannot get anymore at Giant Forest) before climbing up to official High Sierra Trail at Bearpaw Meadow (where, on occasion, you can buy dinner if the tent camp is open).


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