Renee Patrick


Karen Garber, volunteer since 2017

Karen Garber, volunteer since 2017

So glad we got to do a stewardship trip with ONDA this summer, and now I’m more inspired than ever to start hiking the Oregon Desert Trail in bits and pieces.


Oregon Desert Trail Map

Oregon Desert Trail Map


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.”









A great way to prepare for a hike along the Oregon Desert Trail, or to get an idea of what hiking a route is all about, is to read some hiker blogs and get different perspectives of the trail experience. If you have a blog you would like to share, please send us the link, and we’ll get it posted.


Did you complete the entire Oregon Desert Trail? Thru-hikers and section hikers who hike all 750 miles of the route (or a continuous path from the Western to Eastern termini) earn this ODT patch. Send us an email with your start & finish dates, and photos from the termini if you have them, and we’ll send you a patch!

If you spent time on the Oregon Desert Trail we’d love to hear from you by completing this survey. Anything from a day hike to a thru-hike of the 750-mile route qualifies, and we don’t want to just hear from hikers! If you biked, paddled, skied, ran, or walked any or all of the route please take a few minutes to give us your feedback and suggestions so we can further refine the route and resources available.

Congratulations on completing the entire Oregon Desert Trail!
Sage Clegg – 2013
Travis “D=rt” Anderson – 2014
Brian “Tomato” Boshart – 2014
Shane “The Rev” Von Schlemp – 2014
Bob “Huck Finn” Jessee – 2015
Christof Tuescher – 2016
Mary “Fireweed” Kwart – 2016
Nikki “Willow” Long – 2016
Adrian MacDonald – 2016
Renee “She-ra” Patrick – 2016
Alex “Dayhiker” Bosh – 2017
Kat Hampton – 2017
Heather “Anish” Anderson – 2017
Adam “Pistachio” Lint – 2017
Miguel “VirGo” Aguilar – 2017
Ryan “Dirtmonger” Sylva – 2017
Vernon Winters & dog Ari – 2018
Logan “Cargo” Boyles – 2018
Danny “Caribou” Aarchibald- 2018
Rory Gravelle – 2018
Brian Tripp – 2018
Ras & Kathy Vaughan – 2018 (Ras and Kathy hiked from Three Forks to Bend, but they also hiked a new connection route from the Idaho Centennial Trail to the Oregon Desert Trail at 3 Forks, so we think that’s worthy of recognition!)
Whitney “Allgood” LaRuffa – 2018
Katie “Salty” Gerber – 2018
Katlyn “Swept Away” Pickett – 2018
Arno Schuster – 2019
Joe Alonso – 2019
Kate “Drop N Roll” Hoch – 2019
Lindsay “Outro” Brisko – 2019
Dan “Breakaway” Solmon – 2019
Jeremy “Qball” Marble – 2019
Michael LaMay – 2019
Tyler Owen – 2020
Nick Rogers – 2020




A trail register records the comings and goings of trail users, and are typically notebooks housed in areas of high traffic for a hiker along a trail or route (post office, grocery store, hotel). They are very helpful for a number of reasons: communication between hikers, recording visitor information and use, passing on information about current hazards or trail conditions, and to aid in search and rescue efforts.

Please sign into trail registers at the following locations:

  • Paisley: Paisley Mercantile, ask for it at the register
  • Lakeview: Tall Town Bike & Camp
  • Plush: In-house register at Hart Mountain Store
  • Hart Mountain Refuge: In-house register at the visitors center
  • Frenchglen: In-house register at Frenchglen Hotel
  • Fields: In-house register at Fields Station


Fill out the form below and get yourself added to the online register on the bottom of this page. Why fill out the online register? If you have hiking plans along the ODT, are looking for a trail partner, or if you’re a trail angel or have other announcements and you want to get the word out, consider signing the register.

Even if your plans are only vague and tentative, we encourage you to sign the register for the purpose of building momentum within the trail community.


We host a variety of Oregon Desert Trail related events around the state each year. Visit our events calendar for all future happenings with the Oregon Natural Desert Association and the ODT.

Are you interested in hosting an Oregon Desert Trail presentation? Contact Trail Coordinator Renee Patrick for more information.



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Challenges and Risks

The Oregon Desert Trail is an extremely challenging route for hikers, both physically and logistically. Travelers on the ODT need to be aware of the remoteness, lack of cell communication and environmental hazards. There are several potentially dry stretches with no reliable water, and water caching ahead of time is necessary. Thru-hiking the entire...

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Jeremy Fox

About the ODT

  An ONDA initiative since 2011, the 750-mile Oregon Desert Trail traverses some of the most spectacular natural areas of the state’s dry side, including Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge, Steens Mountain, and the Owyhee Canyonlands. While we have surveyed every inch of the route in crafting the Oregon Desert Trail, it remains a...

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Sarah Imholt

Get Involved in the Oregon Desert Trail

The Oregon Desert Trail exists thanks to thousands of volunteer and staff hours and generous support in the form of memberships and donations. You can help shape the future of the route by joining ONDA, volunteering for trail work, attending a presentation, or becoming a sponsor of the trail. We want to hear what...

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Renee Patrick

Plan A Trip

  To make planning easier, ONDA divided the full 750-mile trail route into four regions and a total of 25 sections of 20 to 40 miles each, all of varying difficulty. Be advised! It is critical to read the guide descriptions in detail and seriously consider any notes on water scarcity or challenging terrain...

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