Pack Trail

The Pack Trail is essentially a continuation of the Bidwell/Bartleson Trail from Idaho and Utah.

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EAST HUMBOLDT RANGE

"We passed over the range of mountains ... by ascending one of its most elevated peaks. ... The descent on the western side was so steep and difficult, that our animals and ourselves slid or jumped down rather than walked." - Edwin Bryant, August 8, 1846


Bryant's book can be viewed at downloaded from the Library of Congress.

The Hastings Cutoff crosses Highway 93 just south of here and you can follow trail markers for it by clicking the button below.

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HARRISON PASS

"The Bidwell/Bartleson party in 1841, John Charles Fremont in 1845, and packers in 1850 used Harrison Pass to reach the west side of the Ruby Mountains."

The Hastings Cutoff continues south down Ruby Valley from here and you can follow trail markers for it by clicking the button below.

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EAST TO RUBY VALLEY

"Continued with some difficulty to follow Freemonts trail up the brook to a handsome little valy [Secret Valley] and over a ridge [Secret Pass] to a nother larger vally [Ruby Valley]" - James Clyman, May 23, 1846 (with Lansford Hastings)


Clyman's diary was published in the Utah Historical Quarterly.

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SECRET VALLEY

"Crossing a low range of hills [Secret Pass], we entered another valley, that takes its waters from the snowy mountains on either side." - Edward M. Kern, November 7, 1845 (Kern was with a Fremont party guided by Joseph Walker.)

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SECRET CREEK

"The stream [Secret Creek], after winding among the grass-covered hills, emerges into a plain, through which we could see Ogden's River [Humboldt River] flowing." - Edward M. Kern, November 7, 1845 (with Joseph Walker.)

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HARRISON PASS

"We ... passed over the mountains to the north [via Harrison Pass], where we struck a small stream running towards the N.W. [Corral Creek] on this we encamped and found plenty of grass." - John Bidwell, September 23, 1841


Bidwell's addresses and reminiscences, including his diary, is available to view and download from the Library of Congress.

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MOUND VALLEY

"The Bidwell-Bartleson party of 1841 and later emigrant packers on the Hastings Cutoff using Harrison Pass traveled through Mound Valley to the Huntington Creek Route to reach the South Fork Humboldt River"