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.