Renee Patrick


Western Meadowlark Dawn Chorus

Western Meadowlark Dawn Chorus


Sage Steppes

Sage Steppes


Connecting Trails

Connecting Trails

The Oregon Desert Trail ties into two National Recreation Trails: the Fremont National Recreation Trail and Desert Trail.


2018 Blogs

2017 BLOGS

2016 BLOGS

2015 BLOGS

2014 BLOGS

2013 BLOGS

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




We host a variety of Oregon Desert Trail related events around the state each year. Visit our events page 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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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

  Thanks to thousands of volunteer and staff hours and generous support in the form of memberships and donations, the Oregon Desert Trail is now a reality. There are many ways to help shape the future of the route, including joining ONDA, volunteering for trail work, attending a presentation, and becoming a sponsor of...

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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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