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Old West Routes
 

Use the Route tab to explore options by desired time and pace on the trail.  

Our Scouting Reports & GPS Tracklogs retrace the paths blazed to old west frontiers by early pioneers and prospectors. They left an ideal overland explores playground in their wake; remote pack trails, wagon roads, water routes, ghost towns, boom camp survivors, mine relics, colorful history and a spirit for adventure that inspires. 

 
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North American Overland Journeys
 

Location tabs are the fastest way to find geographic regions of interest and interconnected trails.

All of our Scout Reports and GPS Tracklogs flow continuously from one interesting region to another, state-to-state, province-to-province, nation-to-nation using as little pavement as possible, and when we do, it tends to be byways versus freeways.

 
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Go Deeper: Foot, Bike, Horseback & Watercraft
 

For many, self-reliant vehicle overlanding is the adventure. Others Go Deeper. 

All our Scouting Expeditions provide opportunity to hike, bike and backpack. Many routes also provide equestrian and watercraft journey extensions. We’ve flagged some favorites to inspire you to take your overland adventure to another level.

 
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Explore what fascinates you the most.
 

Every Scouting Expedition is researched to travel through Old West Frontiers rich with interesting trails, tales and relics. 

The roar of the rush has subsided, but imprints linger; ghost towns, abandoned rails turned to trails, surviving boomtowns that retain the charm of yesteryear continue to outfit today’s adventurers with supplies, historical lodging and spirits. Look deeper, and you will find signs of Native America.

 
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Choose Your Pace & Challenge
 

As most of our Scouting Expedition GPS Tracklogs are interlinked, the base route is most often Easy or Moderate, but we explore Difficult options along the way. Some can be overgrown and sometimes barley visible, making them that much more appealing for those looking to build that into thier own adventure. Three broad categories are used but beware, what is Easy today can be Difficult tommorow, due to environmental conditions (see Go Prepared). 

 
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Get Lost in the Journey
 

One of the greatest pleasures associated with 4WD vehicle overlanding is the ability to wander at will, as one trail leads to another in a maze of options. However, advance research can help you explore routes that fascinate you the most and can make the most of your time.

There is nothing wrong with using a map and compass for guidance. In fact, you should always have them with you. But GPS technology and affordable mapping software really empower you to free-flow and always have a sense of where you are, at all times.

 
The Inn At Castle Rock in Bisbee, Arizona is built over the still-flowing Apache Springs Well
Explore: Historical Lodging
IIt’s Easier To Experience The Culture When You’re Immersed In It

Second only to Saloons and Mercantile’, the most common old west enterprise to live on are hotels or historical structures repurposed as bed & breakfasts, lodges, motels or cabins. Covered verandas with deck chairs, claw foot tubs, original wallpaper and woodwork survive. As part of our scouting tours, we look for interesting lodging to refresh and revitalize. In addition to 1860s’-1920’s old west lodging, guest ranches and miners canvas tent camps with wooden platforms, we keep an eye out for Art Deco Hotels from the 30’s and 40’s or unique 50’s accommodations such as restored vintage aluminum travel trailer (Motel) parks. Nautical options include period steamships, houseboats and docked ocean liners. For a prehistoric experience, we even came across, Tee Pees and Native Pit House Camps.

Trek Legs

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Lowell, The Shady Dell & The High Lonesome Road

During my research for interesting trails running north from the Mexican-SE Arizona, I came across a road called “The High Lonesome”. It was just so Hollywood romantic; I had to try it out. The abandoned road is a blast, but it was discovering the combined Bisbee-Lowell urban frontier, that was so magical.

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Wallace to Eureka MT

Relive golden-era of railway on Rail-trail Route of The Hiawatha, starting at post-card perfect train station in Wallace, an old-world town you won’t want to leave. Carry on through scenic valleys and mountain passes to 1860’s Coeur d’Alene Mining District.

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Nevada City, Virginia City & Alder Gulch

TREK LEG ROUTE SLIDESHOW and GPS/GPX Maps are ACTIVE.

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David Thompson & Banff Parkway

TREK LEG ROUTE SLIDESHOW and GPS/GPX Maps are ACTIVE.

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Jerome & Cleopatra Hill

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Backway to Cottonwood & Jerome

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Prescott; 1864 Arizona Territory Capital

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Bisbee; Urban Outpost on the Frontier

During the summer of 1876, the 6th US Cavalry was called to the field to put down the Chiricahua Apaches. In pursuit, Company C followed an Indian trail by Castle Rock Spring. Faint signs of copper discovered were the beginning of one an outstanding mining city that would survive without loosing its frontier soul.

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Borax Mule Train Trails to Titan Canyon

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1849 California Gold Rush Journey

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Glacier ‘Going To The Sun’ Road

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Glacier ‘Going To The Sun’ Road

TREK LEG ROUTE SLIDESHOW and GPS/GPX Maps are ACTIVE.

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Old Woman Mountains & Mojave Wilderness

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Overland Stage, Virginia Dale & Encampment

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Badlands & Red Deer Valley

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Route 66 & Havasupai Falls

Nothing compares in Arizona to the extraordinary beauty we found in the ancient land of the Havasupai – the blue-green water people. This stunning desert oasis requires a 10-mile backpack or horseback ride, making the destination all that much more rewarding.

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Ft. Fizzel to Wallace

Wallace is a gem worth spending some time in; resupply, dine and refresh your party at the Art-Deco Ryan Hotel before driving/biking through 14 cavernous tunnels and 9 high trestles of The Route of The Hiawatha nearby.

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Bonanza to Bayhorse Mine

Starting in ghost town of Bonanza, route retraces toll wagon/stage road past intact Yankee Forks Gold Dredge, Custer ghost town, over 8,800’ pass to Challis and to outstanding Bayhorse Ghost Town and white-knuckle ledge road to Skylark Mine.

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Grimes Pass to Bonanza

Travel three mountain passes and meadows to the Cape Horn region of the magnificent Sawtooth Mountains. Stanley’s old west log structures, the jagged mountains and Salmon River gateway are a magnet for outdoor enthusiasts.

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Idaho City to Grimes Pass

Boise Basin Gold Rush was one of the earliest in Washington Territory and was, in large part, responsible for Idaho becoming a state a year after the 1862 discovery. The area is peppered with relics and old mining wagon roads into pristine wilderness.

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Atlanta to Idaho City

Route starts in Atlanta, just south of the Sawtooth Range and travels along four separate scenic river canyons to Idaho City, the most prosperous of all of the Boise Basin Gold Rush Camps; a survivor that continues to serve today’s overlanders.

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Oregon Trail to Atlanta

Perpetuate the accomplishments of 400,000 original ‘Overlanders’ that crossed America on the Oregon Trial by retracing Three Island Crossing to Bonneville Point before carrying on to the outstanding Sawtooth Mountain ghost town of Atlanta.

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Silver City to Oregon Trail

Legendary Lost Blue Bucket Mine of 1845 discovered by an Oregon Trail party captivated many to seek the site, leading to the 1863 gold strike made below War Eagle Mountain and the incredible silver bonanza in the surrounding mountains.

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Belmont to Berlin via 10,000' Ophir Pass

You may find it difficult to leave the charismatic ghost town of Belmont, but the 10,000’ Ophir Canyon Pass awaits - up a rugged road, over, and down a breathtaking ledge road before dropping into Ione Canyon to the ghost towns of Ione and Berlin.

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Gold Point to Tonopah

Route travels from the fantastic ghost town of Gold Point with over 50 relics to explore, through sparse Joshua tree forest, extensive mine relics and boomtown survivors of Goldfield and Tonopah.

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Kaslo to Retallack

Kalso is an ideal base camp or springboard to Kootenay Lake, Kokanee Glacier Park, Valley of the Ghosts or up to Lardeau Country for a stay at the 1897 Windsor Hotel.

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Balfour to Sasquatch Lake

Disembark the ferry, hit the sandy beach, shoot up to Kootenay Glacier Park for incredible craggy peak hikes or head into Nelson to experience urban Kootenay Mountain culture, at its best. Make time for all if you can.

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Tonopah to Belmont & Austin

WWII ghost hangers, boomtown survivors, extensive mining relics, ghost towns, hot springs you can bath in, prehistoric cave pictographs and an extensive network of stagecoach/wagon roads, serine desert and Toiyabe Forest trails to explore.

OverlandFrontier.com Must Come To An End

It is with a heavy heart that we must advise our supporters that we are forced to close the Overland Frontier website. While the site was only open for one year, we started development many years earlier. Since that time the importance of a mobile friendly website has increased. We hope we can be back one day, with a new and improved resource for overland routes. We have so many more Treks, Journeys and Expeditions that we did not have time to showcase. We are anxious to find a new mobile-friendly channel to share these routes with other enthusiasts and we are open to ideas and partners; contact rogermercier@me.com

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