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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.

 
Kaslo Shipyards steel hulled houseboat charter fleet can withstand occasional storms possible on the 130km Kootenay Lake.
Go Deeper: Motorboat/ Houseboat/ Ferry/ Cruise
Wilderness Regions Only Reached By Watercraft

Overland frontiersman encountered mountain range after range in North America’s Pacific Northwest. Running consistently North and South for incredible distances, steep-sided valleys forcing the peaks' runoff into hundreds of long, narrow lakes and rivers, making it impossible to build roads and railways. Steamships, sternwheelers and barges were used to ferry passengers, goods and materials, linking land routes and ports with the outside world. Trek Legs retrace historical water routes still only reached by ferry, houseboat or some form of motorized craft. On the Pacific Coast, the 1,600-km/995-mi “Inside Passage” pioneered for prospectors traveling to the Klondike Gold Rush in 1896 are retraced by using today’s Ferry system. Along the way our Trek Legs showcase small group cruise options that take you up close and personal with nature, wildlife, cultural encounters and adventure treks.

Trek Legs

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Lake Powell & The Colorado River Canyon

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

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Red Rock Canyon, Backdoor to Vegas & Lake Mead

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

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Glacier ‘Going To The Sun’ Road

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

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Glacier ‘Going To The Sun’ Road

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

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Boundary Badlands & Rangelands

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

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Apache Trail & Superstitions

Trek Legs make it easy to dip in and out for a day and/or a night of dispersed camping on the way to Overland Expo or spend days on four different mining region trails leading to the heart of an 800 year old civilization and a true desert oasis along Grand Canyon.

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Perry Back Rd to Rossland

Perry Back Road follows the slow flowing part of the Slocan River, ideally suited to paddlers, floaters and swimmers. Bikers/hikers can take advantage of the extensive Rail-to-trail network on their way to the exciting gold rush city of Rossland.

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New Denver-Perry Back Rd.

Surrounded by rivers and lakeshores, the ‘Silvery Slocan’ feels like a mountainous coastal island forest, capped by rugged peaks. Old West false-front stores continue to outfit overlanders touring lakeshore boomtowns or deep wilderness.

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Kootenay Marine Camping

Serene and pristine, it’s rare to find such a wide array of secluded beaches that are open to the public for day use or overnight marine camping. Most of the 260-km/160-miles of shoreline is only accessible by watercraft, ideally suited to going deeper.

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Sasquatch Lake to Kaslo

Old mining wagon roads fan out from Ainsworth Hot Springs and Kalso providing access to the mountain wilderness above and Kokanee Glacier Park adventures. Historical Sternwheeler landings and marinas continue to launch watercraft of all kinds.

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Pyramid Lake to Black Rock

Route leaves sandy beaches of Pyramid Lake to travel across remote desert open range trails to the infamous Black Rock Desert playa, a route first explored by The 1843 Frémont Expedition, before it was incorporated into the California Trail.

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Virginia City to NV Baja

Wallow in the old west glory of Virginia City, take a historical toll road and carry on wagon roads past Lousetown and Washington Mine to Pyramid Lake where you can drive along sandy Baja-like beaches until you find an ideal spot to camp.

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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