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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.

 
Trek Leg 1 : Cochrane Coke Ovens, Martinez Mine & Box Canyon  

Unlimited array of dispersed camping, hiking & biking opportunities on route.

Cochrane Coke Ovens, Martinez Mine & Box Canyon


Route Carries on from Moderate Cochran Coke Ovens Stage Road to the Easy, but highly scenic, East Martinez Road. Those looking for more diversity and challenge can take an optional Moderate side trail to Martinez Mine base camp. From there, trail is rated Difficult, but the short distance is easily hiked. From the optional mine turn-off, route travels through two very different dramatic canyons; rugged, rocky Martinez Canyon and the narrow, steep-walled Box Canyon, before looping back to the Superstition Mountains, heart of the quest for Lost Dutchmen Mine. Alert: On Oct. 27, 2015 we were advised by 4X Overland Adventures that part of the Martinez Trail may be closed, and the Cochran Coke Ovens, themselves are closed off, however, they can be seen from afar from the ridge above, on the way to Battle Axe Trail. In addition, while Box Canyon is still open, the main exit/entrance from Florence Junction road has been closed with a bypass. You can also see access Box Canyon from Mineral Mountian road, turn off from Highway 60 is just before you pass the iconic Dromedary Peak, see photo #2 in slideshow.

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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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