Happy Birthday!
Oregon Desert Trail Turns Five

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Oregon Desert Trail Map

Oregon Desert Trail Map

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Western Meadowlark Dawn Chorus

Western Meadowlark Dawn Chorus

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Sage Steppes

Sage Steppes

Oregon Desert Trail as Inspiration

The Oregon Desert Trail has inspired many hikers to look beyond established trails and try to create routes of their own.

Notable 2018 thru-hikers Ras and Kathy Vaughan (or team UltraPedestrian) linked together the Oregon Desert Trail with the Pacific Crest Trail, Pacific Northwest Trail and Idaho Centennial Trail to form a 2,600-mile loop. Read more about their adventure and make a plan to attend one of their upcoming presentations taking place all around the Pacific Northwest this spring.

UpNorth Loop Tour

4/3/19 Mountaineers Tacoma, WA 7pm
4/4/19 Seven Hills Running Shop Seattle, WA 7pm
4/5/19 Mountain Shop Portland, OR 7pm
4/8/19 Fleet Feet Vancouver, WA 6pm
4/9/19 REI at WildCraft Cider Works Eugene, OR 7pm
4/11/19 Footzone Bend, OR 7pm
4/15/19 Tall Town Bike & Camp Lakeview, OR 6pm
4/22/19 Fleet Feet Tacoma, WA 6pm
4/23/19 Fleet Feet Seattle, WA 8pm
4/24/19 Mountain Supply Bend, OR 7pm
4/25/19 Fleet Feet Portland, OR 6pm
4/26/19 Obsidians Lodge Eugene, OR 7:30pm
4/27/19 Peak Sports Corvallis, OR 3pm
4/29/19 Fleet Feet Spokane, WA 6pm
4/30/19 REI Kennewick, WA 7:15pm
5/1/19 REI Boise, ID 7pm
5/2/19 Fleet Feet Meridian, ID 6pm
5/3/19 Boise State University Boise, ID TBD
5/6/19 Mountain Shop Portland, OR 7pm
5/7/19 Downtown Bend Library Bend, OR 6pm
5/9/19 Christmas Valley Boosters Hall Christmas Valley, OR 6:30pm
5/10/19 Paisley Community Hall Paisley, OR 1:30pm
5/10/19 Lake County Library Lakeview, OR 6:30pm

 

Happy Birthday!
Oregon Desert Trail Turns Five

In the spring of 2014, ONDA released a basic map-set for an ambitious route we’d started to call the “Oregon Desert Trail.” It wasn’t long before a few hikers set their sights on completing the route. Over the past five years, we’ve developed and refined many new resources to make our challenging eastern Oregon...

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Best Bets for Fall

As the days cool down and our thoughts turn to cozy campfires and the first few flakes of snow, Oregon Desert Trail Coordinator Renee Patrick has rounded up a few best bets for experiencing Oregon’s high desert in fall 2018. Remember, Oregon’s high desert is a dynamic place, so, as always, check current conditions...

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10 Summer Adventures in Eastern Oregon

Escape the heat, or at least take your mind off the dog days of summer, with these 10 adventures found around Oregon’s high desert and along the Oregon Desert Trail (ODT). From festivals to star-gazing and bike riding, we have something for everyone to enjoy east of the Cascades.

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Getting Started in the Pueblos

About the Pueblo Mountains Part of the Great Basin, the Pueblo Mountains are a remote north-south oriented mountain range in southeastern Oregon and northwestern Nevada, just south of Steens Mountain and Alvord Desert. Although it is not as large as neighboring Steens, this 30-mile long range is also a fault block mountain. Most of...

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How to Stay Hydrated

Finding water in the desert can be difficult, but it’s not impossible. If you were hiking 2 million to 10,000 years ago, finding water in Eastern Oregon would be easy as the area was covered by large pluvial lakes. Today? Not so much! When you’re planning to head into Oregon’s high desert, where to...

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Ten Springtime Adventures

Have the longer days and warmer temps led you to experience bouts of day-dreaming and window-gazing? Put that wanderlust to work! Plan on your trip to the desert, and get out there! With flowers blooming, birds migrating and roads drying out, spring is just about the best time to explore southeast Oregon. Here, we...

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Ten Winter Adventures
in the High Desert

Five for No Snow, Five for Snow. Winter in Oregon’s high desert can look and be quite different from one year to the next. In winter 2017, copious snowfall covered much of the sagebrush sea with feet of fun for skiers and snowshoers. The 2018 winter season lent itself more to hiking than snow...

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2017 Oregon Desert Trail Milestones

ONDA members played a big part in the successes this year on the Oregon Desert Trail! Take a look below at some of the accomplishments this year:  

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REI Continues Support of the Oregon Desert Trail

The Oregon Desert Trail (ODT) has made a lot of progress in the past year thanks to the continued support of the hiking community, gateway community partners, ONDA members and the outdoor industry. Highlights include 8 completed thru-hikes of the 750 mile route, 23 Oregon Desert Trail presentations throughout Oregon and Idaho reaching over...

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Exploring Eastern Oregon by Boat

  ONDA Oregon Desert Trail Coordinator Renee Patrick shares a “water alternate” option to the hiking route on the Chewaucan River. She likes to say, “rivers are trails too” and hopes others are inspired to view our desert landscapes from a different angle. The remote landscapes of eastern Oregon are often best explored on...

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