FAQS

Jeremy Fox

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The Last Darkness

The Last Darkness

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Sage Steppes

Sage Steppes

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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.”

The current route is 753.5 miles

  • 9% Trail
  • 35% Cross country
  • 51% Unpaved/dirt roads
  • 5% paved roads
  • The route is unmarked
  • The driest section of the ODT is between Bend and Paisley, the first 160 miles
  • The longest water carry depends on the season, could be about 40 miles, often much less
  • Spring and fall are the ideal times to hike
  • The ODT ties into two National Recreation Trails: The Fremont National Recreation Trail & Desert Trail
  • 16 different towns and cities along the route can provide hiker services
  • The highest point on the trail is 9,552’ in the Steens Mountain
  • The lowest point on the trail is 2,655 at Lake Owyhee State Park

Renee Patrick

Community

Connect with other hikers, share your trip reports, explore the trail towns along the route, or plan to attend a future trail presentation. As we build our network of supporters and hikers, we would love to involve you as much as possible. Do you have a service you would like to offer hikers along...

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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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