The Great Western Trail 150

Total Miles
11.6

Elevation

2292.71 ft

Duration

Hours

Technical Rating

4

Moderate

Best Time

spring, summer, fall

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Trail Overview

Difficulty

Intermediate

History

The Great Western Trail is a 3,100 mile north-south long distance multiple use route that runs from Canada to Mexico through the five western states of Arizona, Utah, Idaho, Wyoming and Montana. In Arizona the trail consists of 800 miles of mixed-use trail that parallels the existing Arizona Trail. The route was originally traveled in 1776 by two Spanish priests Dominguez and Escalante who camped with Paiute Native Americans at the base of Kaibab Plateau in Northern Arizona. The natives showed them the trail that they used to travel north and south through the great geological formations of the west. The designation of The Great Western Trail was not established until 1970-1985 in Utah and was not completed as a through hike until 1988 by Simon Cordial and James Mayberger. In 1999 it was designated as a National Millennium Trail.

Technical Rating

4