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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.

 
We sift through old maps, historical books and mining records looking for the most interesting Overland Routes in North America

Scouting Reports, Pictorials, Maps & Companion GPS Tracklogs

Our free Scouting Reports are broken down into segments of a region that can be experienced in days (Trek Legs), week (Trek Series), month (Journeys) or months (Expedition). They are not intended to be a recommended or definitive route. Rather, our documentaries of scouting expeditions provide pictorial reference and information that can help enthusiasts find scenery, terrain, activities and relics that fascinate them the most. 

 

   

 Expedition, Journey & Trek Series  Trek Legs have a Scout Slideshow/Report
Partnered with a GPS/GPX Tracklog

Advanced planning helps minimize dead-ends, trail disappointments and frustrations - particularly if you have few opportunities to get away. Each Trek Leg has a 15+ photos of the route scouted and some have more detailed Scout Reports (see Nevada Trek Leg 2 example and British Columbia Trek Leg 4 example) or Jouney Previews that cover all Trek Legs in the series (example Grand Canyon Journey and Apache Trail Journey), alongside our scouting GPS Tracklogs that can be viewed on Google Maps/Earth or on your mapping software, to help get familair with the region while planning your own route.

For me, half the pleasure of planning a trek, journey or expedition is sifting through old maps, historical books and mining records looking for notable mineral prospects and discoveries. Like early prospectors, I follow the historical gold, silver and other precious mineral strikes and I’m most often rewarded. Early treasure seekers 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. Equally interesting, are early pioneer routes that often used Native American routes. 

Many of these old routes continue to provide access to remote wilderness areas that otherwise would be inaccessible. Yes, the trails are most often unmaintained, overgrown and sometimes barley visible, making them that much more appealing for those looking for adventure.

If you share this interest you will find our website chock full of insights and planning tools that you can use in your own research. 

 Roger Mercier, Founder of Overland Frontier

   

 

 

 

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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