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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.

 
1860’s freight wagon road to the mines of War Eagle Mountain, above Silver City
Locations: Idaho
Remote Wilderness, Yet Incredibly Approachable

Idaho has five Wilderness Preserves, four National Forests, the largest contiguous area of protected wilderness, second only to Alaska; waterfalls taller than Niagara, 3000 year old giant cedars, tallest sand dune - deepest gorge - longest road-less river in America. Some of the oldest evidence of human presence in America has been found in this rugged land, dating back 14,500 years, alongside camel bones. Recorded history starts in 1805 with Lewis & Clark and 1809 with French-Canadian Fur Traders. These early explorers followed ancient routes used by the Shoshone and Nez Percé Tribes, as did the Oregon Trail, but the 1860’s gold rush and treasure seekers that followed created the greatest legacy of surviving wilderness routes for today’s Overlanders.

Expeditions

Three-Nation Nomad Overland Expeditions

Pick and choose from our interlinked scouting expeditions and a series of Marine Ferry options to create your own self-guided expedition that cross the most interesting frontier overland routes in North America.

Journeys

IDAHO GHOST TOWN & ICONIC TRAIL JOURNEY

Some of the most rugged and uninhabited wilderness in America; snow capped ranges, lush forests, rugged deserts, steep canyons, wild and scenic rivers; yet incredibly accessibly through an easy-to- navigate network of gravel and dirt roads.

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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