Close [x]
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. 

 
Close [x]
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.

 
Close [x]
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.

 
Close [x]
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.

 
Close [x]
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). 

 
Close [x]
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.

 
RUBICON TRAIL, ABOVE LAKE TAHOE – OPTION ON ‘CALIFORNIA 1849 GOLD RUSH JOURNEY’
Challenge: Difficult Terrain
For Seasoned Overlanders

Overlanding is about being self-sufficient and able to deal with whatever conditions you encounter. The more experience you have with dealing with the inevitable unexpected, the easier it is to navigate your way through it. That does not mean you go looking for trouble. Rather, consider some form of TRAINING or traveling with others that have more experience (see Go PREPARED), if you don’t have the time to let encounters broaden your skill set and you want to be prepared. Routes rated ‘Difficult’ are generally for modified 4WD vehicles. Having said that, a stock Wrangler Rubicon or equivalent, with lockers, in the hands of a skilled driver, could do the trick. Our Slideshows and Scouting Report pictorials may alert you when to expect steep or off-peak grades, large rocks or boulders, water crossings, unstable stream bottoms, deep sand or mud, excessive erosion, sliprock, terraces, narrow ledge roads with steep drop-offs, and the like. However, these planning resources are only one planning resource and cannot possibly anticipate the impact of constant environmental changes. It is always better to travel in numbers, and to use spotters as you go, but its most appropriate with Difficult Routes. Our Scouting Report may also let you know when to expect possible vehicle damage from tight; brush, trees, boulders, canyons, etc. but it may not be complete and cannot replace experience and good judgement. Difficult routes are more likely to see land-management changes (CHECK MVUP in USA). It is crucial that you have the right driving/ backcountry experience, camping supplies and survival equipment for the Route you pick. Refer to GO PREPARED, DISCLAIMER and TREAD LIGHTLY.

Trek Legs

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Pinyon Mountain Drop-off to Fish Creek & Sandstone Canyon

Pinyon Mountain “Squeeze” and Canyon Drop-off, the most difficult access into Fish Creek wash, is an exciting gateway to the Sandstone Canyon. The one-way route that heads East is suited to experienced drivers and 4WD vehicles with good clearance and articulation.

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
The Great Southern Mail Stage Route & Diablo Drop-off

Retracing surviving sections of the Overland Stage Route in the storied Carrizo-Vallecito corridor along Anza-Borrego’s earthquake valley; Arroyo Seco del Diablo - Arroyo Tapiado loop to Diablo Drop-off, a dramatic gateway to Sandstone Canyon.

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Chiricahua Hoodoo “Hands Pass” Backdoor Trail

Hands Pass, a little known and used historical back door trail from the 27 million year old Chiricahua Hoodoos - dramatic pinnacles, columns, spires and balanced rocks; ideal for exploration.

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Retallack-Cody Over-the-top Trail

A region so thick with relics, it was coined the “Valley of the Ghosts”. Off-road vehicles can retrace the exhilarating over-the-top Retallack to Cody Wagon Road past interesting mines and jaw dropping mountain views. Retrace the 1891 discovery route of 'Silvery Slocan'.

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Rubicon Trail Day 3

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

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Red Rock Canyon, Backdoor to Vegas & Lake Mead

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

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Rubicon Trail Day 1 & 2

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

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Moab Flat Iron Mesa

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

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Borrego Badland, Truckhaven Road & Hills to Salton Sea

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

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Livingstone Range & Porcupine Hills Loop

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

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Echo Canyon, Inyo Mine to T&T Railway

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

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Moab Cane Creek Canyon

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

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Johnson Valley

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

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Cochrane Coke Ovens, Martinez Mine & Box Canyon

Trail leaves wide-open section of Cochran Wagon Road, entering rugged Martinez Canyon and on to the steep-walled, narrow Box Canyon Trail. Optional, challenging side trip to Martinez Mine.

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Apache Sacred Lands

While there’s an Easy route into this wonderful region, those seeking more challenge will find the Difficult options rewarding. It is easy to see why Apache held sacred ceremonies in this volcanic-rock boulder studded land, now a magnate to 4WD enthusiasts, hikers, birders and rock climbers.

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Moss Wash to Gold King

Moss Wash back door to Gold King Mine provides a challenging trail link to Route 66 and the spectacular Havasu Falls or Grand Canyon Havasupai Point.

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Pass Canyon to Oatman

Diverse range of remote trails and craggy canyons of the Black Mountain, first blazed in 1860’s, now populated only by curious mountain sheep and wild burros.

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Thumb Butte & Secret Pass

Minutes off the Highway, we were rewarded with the distinctive landmark, Thumb Butte, and the progressively more challenging trail on the loop back to the highway, intriguing us to come back for more of the region later – Pass Creek to Oatman.

, , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Bayhorse Mine to Yellowjacket

Classic ghost town structures, charcoal kilns, tramline buildings and optional ‘white-knuckle’ ledge roads to the mines above makes Bayhorse a rewarding side trip as do the remote Crags of River of No Return Wilderness and the Yellowjacket Mine.

, , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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.

, , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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.

, , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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.

, , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
B.R. Range to Buckskin Pass

Trail leaves awe-inspiring views afforded by the Black Rock Range Highlands, drops down into lush pastures, travels through desert rangeland and climbs back up to 7,389’ Buckskin Pass gateway, site of legendary 1859 Lost Buckskin Mine.

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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.

, , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Retallack to Sandon and the Kaslo & Slocan Rail Trail

Mountains flush with trails to explore; old wagon roads, abandoned rail beds and pack trails that lead to interesting mines, ghost towns, incredible mountain top views, alpine meadows and wilderness camps.

, , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Black Rock to B.R. Range

The route across Black Rock Desert provides the longest intact segments of the historic emigrant trails to California and Oregon in the western US and a wilderness landscape largely unchanged since first explored by The Frémont Expedition in 1843

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

In the meantime follow our expeditions on Facebook