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Into Oregon's Outback: The Oregon Desert Trail

On June 5, Sage Clegg of Bend, Oregon began her hike of the Oregon Desert Trail, a 750-mile trail across Oregon's high desert created by the Oregon Natural Desert Association. It crosses some of eastern Oregon's most scenic places, including Hart Mountain Refuge, Steens Mountain and the Owyhee Canyonlands.

Join Sage Clegg of Bend, Oregon as she endeavors to be the first to hike the entire Oregon Desert Trail, a 750-mile route created by the Oregon Natural Desert Association. It winds through some of eastern Oregon's most scenic locales, including Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge, Steens Mountain and the Owyhee Canyonlands. Learn all about her journey here.

Assistance for science

Assistance for science

Posted by Heidi Hagemeier at Jul 25, 2013 09:12 AM |

In addition to gathering information for the Oregon Natural Desert Association, Sage Clegg also collected data for the nonprofit Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation while hiking the Oregon Desert Trail.

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More from the Owyhee

More from the Owyhee

Posted by Heidi Hagemeier at Jul 17, 2013 01:05 PM |

Sage Clegg shares more of her Oregon Desert Trail Owyhee Canyonlands photos with the Oregon Natural Desert Association.

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Sage looks back: West Little Owyhee

Sage looks back: West Little Owyhee

Posted by Heidi Hagemeier at Jul 16, 2013 01:27 PM |

Sage Clegg, now back in Bend, looks back at her hike through the West Little Owyhee River Canyon along the Oregon Natural Desert Association's Oregon Desert Trail.

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To the finish line

To the finish line

Posted by Heidi Hagemeier at Jul 15, 2013 03:04 PM |

Sage Clegg finished the more than 800-mile Oregon Desert Trail in 36 days, on July 11. A few of us from the Oregon Natural Desert Association greeted her there and heard more about her hiking and biking adventure.

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West Little Owyhee

Posted by Heidi Hagemeier at Jul 09, 2013 01:57 PM |

Sage Clegg leaves civilization in McDermitt for the canyons of the West Little Owyhee River along the Oregon Natural Desert Association's Oregon Desert Trail.

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On to McDermitt

On to McDermitt

Posted by Heidi Hagemeier at Jul 08, 2013 10:30 AM |

From the Pueblo Mountains to McDermitt, Sage Clegg's met birds, a badger and a pal on the Oregon Natural Desert Association's Oregon Desert Trail.

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The rainy Pueblos

The rainy Pueblos

Posted by Heidi Hagemeier at Jul 03, 2013 03:39 PM |

Before the heat wave, Sage Clegg hiked in the rain in the Pueblo Mountains along the Oregon Natural Desert Association's Oregon Desert Trail. She found cougar tracks and expansive views in this remote corner of the state.

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Amazing Alvord

Amazing Alvord

Posted by Heidi Hagemeier at Jul 02, 2013 03:04 PM |

Sage Clegg and her boyfriend, Adam, climbed down from the alpine wonder of Steens Mountain to the Alvord Desert. In another half day, they made it to Fields for a much-earned cheeseburger, then departed again for more adventures on the Oregon Natural Desert Association's Oregon Desert Trail.

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Summiting Steens

Summiting Steens

Posted by Heidi Hagemeier at Jul 01, 2013 11:15 AM |

In one day, Sage Clegg climbed up Big Indian Gorge on Steens Mountain and down to Wildhorse Lake. Check out her latest leg of the Oregon Natural Desert Association's Oregon Desert Trail.

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Hail in Hart and a bed in Frenchglen

Hail in Hart and a bed in Frenchglen

Posted by Heidi Hagemeier at Jun 26, 2013 03:08 PM |

Variable weather followed Sage Clegg as she continued her 750-mile journey across the Oregon Natural Desert Association's Oregon Desert Trail. And after more than two weeks, she finally spent a night in a real bed in Frenchglen.

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Petroglyphs and trail detours

Petroglyphs and trail detours

Posted by Heidi Hagemeier at Jun 25, 2013 11:05 AM |

The unexpected is expected on an adventure, as Sage Clegg has experienced on the Oregon Natural Desert Association's 750-mile Oregon Desert Trail. After a brief respite in Plush, she continued toward the Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge.

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High on the rim

High on the rim

Posted by Heidi Hagemeier at Jun 24, 2013 12:10 PM |

Sage Clegg has a taste of town and marvels at the view from atop the Abert Rim as her journey on the Oregon Natural Desert Association's Oregon Desert Trail continues.

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Into the forest

Into the forest

Posted by Heidi Hagemeier at Jun 20, 2013 12:00 PM |

Heat turned to hail as Sage Clegg climbed in elevation on the Oregon Desert Trail into the Fremont National Forest. The Oregon Natural Desert Association continues to follow her journey.

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A stellar sunset and perfect Paisley

A stellar sunset and perfect Paisley

Posted by Heidi Hagemeier at Jun 14, 2013 09:05 AM |

Sage Clegg reached the first town on the 750-mile Oregon Desert Trail, Paisley, for a much-appreciated respite on the journey from just outside Bend to near the Idaho border.

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An arrowhead, a bighorn and Diablo

An arrowhead, a bighorn and Diablo

Posted by Heidi Hagemeier at Jun 13, 2013 01:47 PM |

On Days 6 and 7 of her hike across the 750-mile Oregon Desert Trail, Sage Clegg enjoyed the cooler temperatures, splendid views from atop Diablo Peak and a few unexpected finds.

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A harrowing stretch

A harrowing stretch

Posted by Heidi Hagemeier at Jun 11, 2013 04:19 PM |

Sage Clegg heads into a largely treeless stretch of the 750-mile Oregon Desert Trail near Christmas Valley. She prepares to hike and bike the 70-mile stretch by giving her body a bit of a rest.

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Bicycles, warblers and cowboys on the trail

Bicycles, warblers and cowboys on the trail

Posted by Heidi Hagemeier at Jun 10, 2013 11:33 AM |

Bend's Sage Clegg is making time in the desert as she hikes the Oregon Natural Desert Association's 750-mile Oregon Desert Trail. She meets kind cowboys, appreciates some fine bird-watching and savors a salami dinner.

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First day

First day

Posted by Heidi Hagemeier at Jun 06, 2013 03:40 PM |

Bend, Oregon-resident Sage Clegg kicked off her first day on the Oregon Desert Trail, the Oregon Natural Desert Association's 750-mile hiking trail across Oregon's high desert. And even the beginning held surprises.

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Before the journey

Before the journey

Posted by Heidi Hagemeier at Jun 04, 2013 12:01 PM |

Sage Clegg on June 5 begins her journey on the Oregon Desert Trail, the Oregon Natural Desert Association's 750-mile hiking trail across Oregon's high desert. But before the journey comes a lot of work.

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