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    01-20-2013, 11:21 PM
  #31
Foal
This pic shows a close up view of the "rings" on the top of the Decker we have used. I have seen some with deeper sides, but we haven't had any trouble keeping our panniers on these.
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PH, I haven't been to Robbers roost yet. We have talked about going for 3 years or so now, and something always gets in the way. Same with the swell. I have even thought about hooking up with West Taylor. It would be good to be with someone that knows the area and history. I think he makes a trip out there every spring.

I spend alot of time on the Paunsagaunt. I love riding the different sections of the Grand view trail. It starts at the bottom of the Thunder mtn trail and ends around by willis creek. 78 miles of trail with several access points. Any time you or Thenrie are around I would love to ride.
     
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    01-21-2013, 12:39 AM
  #32
Yearling
Ive seen Wes do that ride each spring and I've missed him in past years. I'd like to meet him and see that country.

I've never ridden the Grand trail. Just the Thunder Mountain to Coyote Hollow section, and of course across the hiway in Losee, Casto and I've been out the top of Casto and across the top and down cabin Hollow to Red Canyon. So I would love to see some of the section of the Grand., Maybe in May I meet up with you.
     
    01-22-2013, 04:28 PM
  #33
Foal
Thenrie I'm back from Seattle. This is all I could find on the GWT....Did a quick search. I hear folks talk about it on hiking forums, but don't know much else. Here's a link I found: Great Western Trail - 2011

ALso not entirely a recognized trail as much as a "path" that folks are trying to get desginated. Piece meal recognition exists state to state it seems.

The Great Western Trail is currently under study by the U.S. Congress to become part of the National Trails System.

Hope that helps.

You may want to look at the CDT
     
    01-22-2013, 05:44 PM
  #34
Weanling
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Originally Posted by TrailheadSupply    
Thenrie I'm back from Seattle. This is all I could find on the GWT....Did a quick search. I hear folks talk about it on hiking forums, but don't know much else. Here's a link I found: Great Western Trail - 2011

ALso not entirely a recognized trail as much as a "path" that folks are trying to get desginated. Piece meal recognition exists state to state it seems.

The Great Western Trail is currently under study by the U.S. Congress to become part of the National Trails System.

Hope that helps.

You may want to look at the CDT
That's why I decided to start my website. That's all old information. From what I'm getting piece-meal from different folks, the last undesignated part of the trail was southern Arizona, but they've got that worked out now. There may still be a few undesignated portions in Montana, but there are trails. Most of it is a system of trails, rather than a single track, except in AZ, where it follows the Arizona Trail. They had some delay in adopting the AZ trail as part of it, because all the other states made it a multi-use trail, allowing motorized vehicles, whereas the AZ trail is strictly non-motorized. I'm not even sure they allow mountain bikes. AZ would not budge on it, so the GWT people finally gave-in and adopted it. The official GWT site isn't a great resource for horse-related info. It is mostly old and related to hikers and motorized folks. I know there are folks who have done most, or all, of the trial, but in pieces only. As far as I can tell, nobody has done the whole trail at one shot, so total mileage and travel time are pretty much guesses.

The guys from "Unbranded" are planning their own route. They expect at least 6 months travel time, but Ben told me they won't even do the trip if they don't reach their funding goal of $150K by Feb 1. I'm hoping they make it, because I'm going to follow their progress and pick their brains to make my trip have a better chance of success.
     
    01-22-2013, 05:56 PM
  #35
Foal
It looks like you follow a lot of the CDT and I'm good friends with the northern regional director of the CDT lf it does i've got you covered.....
     
    01-22-2013, 06:12 PM
  #36
Weanling
I'll have to check that. I'm spending my time right now just studying the AZ portion. I was under the impression that the GWT lies a bit west of the CDT, but I guess it probably joins up somewhere north of Utah. Thanks for telling me about your contacts. I may need them. Over the next several months I'm going to start collecting USGS topos and trail maps and figure out exactly where the route goes and the elevations, for planning purposes. I'll start with AZ first, since I'm pretty familiar with that region. My traveling buddy is supposed to be doing the same for the Utah portion.

By the way, guys. Thanks for the info on pack saddles and related gear. I did a blog post on what I have found out. While I was doing it, I convinced myself to go with Decker-style saddles and Iron Cloth Utah paniers. I'm going to take a shot at making a set, just for the experience. If that doesn't work out, I'll be checking out Trailhead Supply :)
     
    01-23-2013, 01:07 PM
  #37
Foal
So----where's your blog?

I'd like to read about your progress. Have you thought about the Pacific Crest Trail?

My sawbuck is from Outfitter's Supply. My Decker is being "stored" for a friend so I guess it's basically mine. I have a set of canvas panniers with flaps and plastic inserts and a set of molded plastic panniers that have legs that screw in to make a table when you are in camp. I like not having to balance my stove on a rock/log/stump or bend over to cook. But it adds time to set-up when you move every day, which it sounds like you will do.
     
    01-23-2013, 01:25 PM
  #38
Foal
Wanted to add that I have purchased stuff from Trailhead Supply and they have good products and are a wealth of information.
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    01-23-2013, 02:23 PM
  #39
Foal
From my understanding there are parts of the PCT that in closed to stock travel
     
    01-23-2013, 03:39 PM
  #40
Foal
All of the PCT is open for horse/mules.

If a portion is closed it would be because of downfall that had not been cleared and was awaiting maintenance (usually early in the season). But the trail itself allows stock the entire length. I think it was legislated that way in the beginning. Check their website.
     

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