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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.

Three-Nation Nomad Overland Expeditions
Black Rock Desert, Nevada.

Three-Nation Nomad Overland Expeditions

In addition to retracing known ancient culture and pioneer routes, experience has shown that the best way to rediscover Frontier Overland Routes of the Old West is to follow the gold. Treasure seekers blazed routes into remote regions, reaped their rewards and moved on, leaving historical records of old networks into wilderness regions ideally suited to self-sufficient four wheel drive vehicle travel.

Six or more states/provinces makes for an epic expedition. Add a 1,600km/ 995mi marine ferry highway to take it to another level.
Old West Routes of North America

Use Our Pictorials/GPS Tracklogs Tools To Help Find & Plan Your Own Self-guided Overland Expedition

Most of our scouting expeditions are designed to flow from one interesting region to another, linking one state or province to another. Each Trek Leg looks to avoid major highways in favor of old networks that travel through old west frontiers rich with interesting trails, tales and relics to explore. Most often, these wind up being the slowest way around but also the most scenic and enjoyable. Slideshow pictorials, scouting reports and GPS tracklogs found in the following Journey links can help research the region and plan your own self-guided route, and contigencies.









‘Inside Passage’ Marine Return Option 

In 1896, Skookum Jim found gold near Dawson City, triggering a stampede to the Klondike. Most of the 100,000 prospectors that followed would take what they coined ‘The Inside Passage’, a 1,600-km/995-mile corridor of mostly protected Pacific Ocean waterway between Puget Sound, WA and Skagway, AK.

Skagway Alaska Marine Highway Port: Today, overlanders can retrace this route; snow-capped mountains, deep fjord-like recesses, over 6,000 mostly uninhabited islands with port options that can only be appreciated by hiking or smaller watercraft.

Prince Rupert BC Ferry Port: Whale watching and visiting ancient Totem Pole Haida village in Gwaii Haanas Islands that archaeologists compare to lost Mayan cities.

Bella Coola BC Ferry Port: Tour of The Great Bear Conservancy, the largest intact temperate rainforest in the world, home to rare all-white Kermode or "Spirit" bear and the largest habitat of grizzly bears in the world.

Port McNeill BC Ferry Port: Continue your Overland Expedition by driving the length of the exposed top of a submerged mountain range that stretches for 460km/ 285mi to make up Vancouver Island; Rugged oceanfront hiking trails, wilderness camping, big-wave surfing, mountain biking Meccas, wildlife watching expeditions, caving and kayaking trips. Stop for a restorative stay in resort lodgings, B&Bs and funky hostels or dine in unpretentious, quietly world-class restaurants along the way.

Sea of Cortez Marine Option

Ferry from the tip of the Baja Peninsula to mainland Mexico completes North American Loop.

Baja Ferry: La Paz to Mazatlan (connects to Arizona Territory Wild West Journey).


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See Journey Links 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

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