Buckskin Gulch / Paria Canyon, Utah and Arizona

Clever Hiker posted the best information on this classic hike we’ve yet seen.

Located in the Vermillion Cliffs Wilderness of Utah and Arizona, this spectacular and unique hike winds through one of the deepest and longest slot canyons in the world.

Wavy sandstone walls twist their way to the sky for nearly thirteen miles, creating surreal patterns of light and sound. The canyon walls often soar hundreds of feet above the wash, and are sometimes only a few feet apart. Buckskin Gulch is truly an amazing place …

Quick Facts

  • Distance: varies, 21-51 miles depending on trip
  • Days Needed: 2-5 days
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: varies, 500-1500 ft, depending on trip
  • Best Travel Time: April-June or September-November
  • Permits: Yes, very competitive
  • Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
  • Shuttle: Yes, unless doing an out-and-back hike

Buckskin Gulch and Paria Canyon Backpacking Guide


Big Bend Outer Mountain Loop TX

If I return to Big Bend National Park it will be to hike the Outer Mountain Loop.

Backcountry permits are required for all overnight backpacking trips in the park and can be obtained at the Chisos Basin Visitor Center (or another park visitor center).


Day 1 – Chisos Basin – Boot Canyon – Juniper Canyon (approximately 11 miles)

Begin by caching water near the Homer Wilson (Blue Creek) Ranch. This scenic overlook is located at mile 8.1 along the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive. Hike down the trail and cache your water in the convenient storage box. Ensure your name and date are written on your bottles. Caching water will make the difference between a dangerous experience and a fun backcountry excursion.

After caching water, head to the Chisos Basin Trailhead to begin the hike. …

Day 2 – Juniper Canyon – Dodson Trail – Blue Creek Canyon (approximately 10-11 miles)

The Dodson Trail is the hottest and most exposed section of the entire trek. Don’t let the relatively short distance fool you. …

Day 3 – Blue Creek Canyon – Laguna Meadows – Chisos Basin (approximately 9 Miles)

National Park Service

Click PLAY or watch a 3 day hike on YouTube. (6 min)

related – trip report – Traveling Ted – Completing the Big Bend Outer Mountain Loop

12,500+ mile All-In-Trek


Breanna Cornell and Sophie are going to try it continuously, self supported, back to back to back to back.

Target Start Date: 20th September 2018

details – allintrek.com

Lake O’Hara (CAN) Hiking and Camping Guide

Clever Hiker posted the best information page we’ve yet seen for Lake O’Hara in the Canadian Rockies.

Though Sunshine to Assiniboine is our favourite hike in those mountains, Lake O’Hara is the most spectacular.

It’s extremely difficult to get a reservation for O’Hara due to popularity. We try EVERY year by phone on the start date (around April 20th).

Clever Hiker succinctly tells you how to do O’Hara …

Lake O’Hara Hiking and Camping Guide

La Luz Trail, Albuquerque, New Mexico

The La Luz Trail is a well-known hike in the Cibola National Forest just outside of Albuquerque, New Mexico. The trail climbs ~8 miles up the West face of the Sandia Mountains and ends at the Sandia Peak Tramway observation deck. …

… up 3,800 feet with a starting elevation of 7,000 feet and a peak elevation of 10,350 feet. Highlights include views of the Sandia Mountains and expansive views of Albuquerque and the Rio Grande Valley. We completed this hike in the second week of October 2017 during the Hot Air Balloon Fiesta. …


related – I failed to find the trail up on one of the snowiest days of the year. It’s possible to get lost even this close to Albuquerque.

The 12 Best Hikes from Around the World

Guest post by  Ashley Lipman:

Are you an avid hiker who also loves to see the world? Whether you’re looking to cross some of Earth’s most amazing locales off of your bucket list or dip your toes into the world of traveling and hiking adventure, then these are the top 25 places to go.

The Inca Trail

Located in Peru, this 26-mile trail is one of the most popular hikes in the world. It features intense inclines and declines, but offer visitors the chance to explore ruins, jungle, and beautiful mountain scenery.

It takes roughly four days to make it from start to finish, but the final leg in Machu Picchu is worth it. The best time to head to the Inca Trail is from May to September.

The Torres del Paine

These 50 miles worth of trails are located in Patagonia, Chile, and are the most popular during October and April. The most travelled route is marked with the letter “W”, which takes you through Torres Del Paine National Park.

This hike offers views of volcanic peaks, glaciers, and mountain reflecting lakes. This area is immensely less populated by tourists during the winter months, but make sure to bring your best hiking gear to combat the cold!

The Appalachian Trail

This series of trails stretches a whopping 2,180 miles from Georgia to Maine in the U.S. That’s 14 whole states! It takes roughly 5 to 7 months if you want to travel its entirety, but the scenery is beyond compare. You can travel here anytime during the year, but be prepared for colder weather in the Fall and Winter as you head up north.


In the heart of Tanzania, Africa, lies Kilimanjaro. At its highest point, this mountainous trail reaches 19,340 feet above sea level. It is highly recommended to travel with an experienced tour guide through all 35 miles, and the best times to hike here are in January or February.


From August to early September, the hiking at Kungsleden couldn’t be any better. Located in Sweden, this 65-mile trail offers breathtaking views of the countryside from open tundra to glaciers. If you’re feeling brave, see if you can climb up Mount Kebnekaise while you’re there.

Snowman Trek

Considered by many to be the hardest trail on the planet due to the unpredictable weather of the Himalayas, many a traveler never finish this beautiful hike. It’s over 200 miles and takes about 25 days to complete, mainly due to the 11 mountain passes. You’ll definitely want a tour guide for this one.

Grand Canyon

One of the seven wonders of the natural world, the Grand Canyon’s hiking trail stretches 44 miles from rim to rim. The views and scenery are outstanding no matter where you stop at on the trail.

Best of all, it’s close proximity to lodging in Arizona makes booking your stay a breeze. Just make sure to look into airline baggage information if you want to save even more money on your flight.

Pacific Crest Trail

West of the Grand Canyon sits the Pacific Crest Trail, which spans California, Oregon, and Washington states. Its 2,650 miles of trails stretch through seven national parks and numerous forests. You can also experience the Mojave Desert along the way with it’s gorgeous rock formations and clay colored earth.

Yosemite Grand Traverse

On you way north you will find Yosemite grand Traverse and its 60 miles of California beauty. This trek takes you right through Yosemite National Park, which is home to waterfalls, granite basins, meadows and famous natural landmarks like the Half Dome.

Chilkoot Trail

Alaska and Canada’s Yukon Territory encompass the Chilkoot Trail. There are plenty of routes to choose from, altogether creating a 33-mile hike. This one of the most wild and vast areas in the North-Eastern hemispheres, so make sure to stop and take in the sights.

Tonquin Valley

Also located in Canada, this 27-mile trail combines the best features of the northern part of Northern America’s landscape. From mountains to streams and grasslands, it’s a sight to behold.

Bay of Fires

Heading to another hemisphere, Bay of Fires is located in Tasmania, Australia. The hike takes you along white sand beaches and boulders covered in red lichen, which give it its unique name. This hike requires a guide, but head out in October and it will be well worth your time.