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Ryan “Dirtmonger” Sylva, ODT thru-hiker 2017

Ryan “Dirtmonger” Sylva, ODT thru-hiker 2017

“To me, it’s a thru-hike in an isolated place that promotes a conversation in land management, ethics and usage. Hiking across a vast and remote landscape and having a random and chance encounter with cowboys and hunters to discuss how ‘all of us’ should treat the land, how we all have a responsibility, no matter our political leanings, really showed me the pulse of the people in rural areas, especially here out west.”

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Oregon Desert Trail Map

Oregon Desert Trail Map

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Sage Steppes

Sage Steppes

Discover the Desert in a Day

Author: Renee Patrick  |  Published: March 29, 2024  | Category: Where-To This article originally appeared in The Bulletin on March 22, 2024. These short hikes will give you a taste […]

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Imagine Sutton Mountain

Author: Renee Patrick |  Published: November 10, 2023 This article originally appeared in the Fall + Winter 2023 Desert Ramblings Hiking for a plan to permanently protect this landscape. When […]

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Thoughtful Gear Choices for an Oregon Desert Trail Hike

Author: Renee Patrick  | Published: September 6, 2023  | Category: Deep Dive Gear is always a hot topic of conversation among long-distance backpackers. Good gear choices for a challenging route […]

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How-To: Experience the Best of Oregon’s High Desert – practical advice from ODT hikers

Author: Renee Patrick |  Published: February 3, 2023 |  Category: How-to Taking on a challenging remote hike like the Oregon Desert Trail can be intimidating, but hikers from all experience […]

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How-To: Tips for Opening and Closing Barb Wire Gates

Author: TJ Paulsen |  Published: January 30, 2023 |  Category: How-To Hikers will run into more gates than you might expect across the high desert. TJ Paulsen completed the entire […]

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Dark Night Skies in the High Desert

Author: Renee Patrick  |  Published: March 21, 2022  |  Category: Profile Meet ONDA volunteer Rachel Kato and learn more about her contribution to help people understand the importance of the […]

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Meet Lily Pifferini-Carter

In 2021, ONDA launched the Hillis Internship, a paid internship program that offers young people a more equitable pathway to become our next conservation leaders. Lily Pifferini-Carter started in October […]

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Stories from the Oregon Desert Trail

Author: Renee Patrick  |   Category: Where-to Getting ready to go on a day-long, week-long or month-long adventure on the Oregon Desert Trail? You can learn so much by seeing how […]

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Return to the Oregon Desert Trail

Carly “Quill” Swisher started a thru-hike of the Oregon Desert Trail in the late spring of 2020, but had to get off in McDermitt, Nevada. Undeterred, she went back June […]

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18 Trail Towns
Along the Oregon Desert Trail

Author: Renee Patrick  | Updated: August 24, 2021  |  Category: Where-To Curious about where to find a shower, meal, or museum while you are exploring the high desert? The extensive […]

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