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Jeremy Fox

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Sage Steppes

Sage Steppes

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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.

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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 751.7 miles

  • 10% Trail
  • 35% Cross country
  • 50% 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 one National Recreation Trail: The Fremont National Recreation Trail near Lakeview and Paisley, OR
  • The Desert Trail is a “route” more than a “trail” and runs from Mexico to Canada. The ODT ties into this existing route system for 75 miles from South Steens Campground to the southern tip of the Pueblo Mountains. (ODT Sections 14-16)
  • The ODT shares a 50.4-mile section of the Fremont National Recreation Trail with long-distance bikepacking route the Oregon Timber Trail
  • 16 different towns and cities along the route can provide hiker services
  • Multi-sport information has been developed for bikes, equestrians, boats and skis/snowshoes
  • 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 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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