Traveling by handcart was common for Mormon pioneers
It is not exactly known how many pioneers came to Utah between 1847 and the coming of the railroad in 1869, but the accepted estimate is 70,000. It is also estimated that a total of 2,962 pioneers came using handcarts. That puts the percentage of pioneers that came using handcarts at 4.23 percent.
Sources: “111 Days to Zion,” by Hal Knight and Dr. Stanley B. Kimball; Deseret News archives; lds.org; “The History of Emigration Canyon,” The National Park Service; Mel Bashore and Chad Orton of the LDS Church History Library.