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Oregon Desert Trail Inventory, Trout Creek and Oregon Canyon Mountains

We will attempt to inventory upwards of 60 miles of the proposed Oregon Desert Trail along cross country and old 4wd routes. This trip will include four nights of car camping at Willow Creek hot springs and three full days of exploring this little-visited landscape.
When Jun 28, 2012 04:00 PM to
Jul 02, 2012 10:00 PM
Where Willow Creek Hotsprings
Contact Name
Contact Phone 541-330-2638
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BACKGROUND:
From the Badlands Wilderness outside of Bend to Lake Owyhee State Park near the Idaho border, the proposed Oregon Desert Trail is a route that traverses the expanse of Oregon's high desert region on public lands. The route as it is currently mapped is over 700 miles long, and over half of that mileage is off established trails and roads on cross-country routes in several Wilderness and Wilderness Study Areas. This project is in the stage of surveying and inventorying the mapped route...basically doing the research and homework to make sure the route makes sense. Doing this background work is necessary before ONDA moves forward with any sort of formal trail proposals to the various land agencies involved.

HERE is a Google map showing where the Trout Creek Mountains are.

Trout Creek ODT trip descroption

Here we are surveying the Oregon Desert Trail route through the Pueblo Mountains in 2011, just to the west of the Trout Creek Mountains.

 

TRIP TIMELINE:

  • June 28, Thursday PM.   Participants should arrive at Willow Creek Hot Springs in the evening.
  • June 29-July 1, FRI/SAT/SUN.  We will be away from camp for about 8 hours each day doing inventories and returning to the same car camp site  at Willow Creek Hot Springs  in the evenings.
  • July 2, Monday AM.   We will pack up and head home in the morning.


THE WORK:
Participants will use GPS cameras, GPS units, and good old-fashioned note taking to record what we find along the route. A mini-training on GPS technologies will be covered the first evening.  The inventorying will be a combination of day hiking and driving on rough 4wd roads.

CAMP:
We will car camp at Willow Creek Hot Springs (about 45 minutes east of Fields, OR) all four nights.


DIFFICULTY RATING:

4 out of 5.  Participants on this trip must be in good physical condition and be able to hike 10-12 miles per day (about 8 hours) on off-trail routes.  Although this will not be a backpacking trip, it is likely that many of the day-hike routes will be particularly demanding due to elevation changes and rough terrain. Conditions could vary from hot and dry to cold and stormy. Click HERE for a description of the trip difficulty rating system.

ODT Trout Creek Mountains 2012 description
A smile as big as his blisters: Off-trail hiking has its rewards but can be hard on the body.

PARTICIPANT RESPONSIBILITIES:
Participants are responsible for their own food and camping gear as well as transportation to and from the trip. Sturdy off-trail ankle-high boots are recommended for this trip.   This trip is offered to members free of charge.


PROVIDED BY ONDA:
ONDA will provide gear for the work and and excellent guidance in the field.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

This trip will be led by ONDA's Oregon Desert Trail Inventory Consultant Jeremy Fox jfox@onda.org
Space is limited to 8 volunteers.
This trip is offered free of charge.


REGISTRATION:
An ONDA registration application and medical form is required for this trip. Click HERE for the form.  You only need to fill this form out once per year: You can join additional 2012 trips by e-mailing the trip leader directly.

You will receive a confirmation e-mail within 10 working days of submitting the form.  The confirmation e-mail will provide information regarding which trips you are on the “participant list” for, and which trips are full and so your name has been placed on the “wait list”.  Five weeks before the trip starts the trip leader will send out an RSVP e-mail to make sure everyone is still available to participate.  Three weeks before the trip begins, the trip leader will send out an e-mail with additional information, maps, driving instructions, car-pooling options etc.  However, if you have any questions in the meantime, please don't hesitate to contact the trip leader at the e-mail address above.

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