Volunteer on the ODT

Sarah Imholt

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The Last Darkness

The Last Darkness

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Connecting Trails

Connecting Trails

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

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Great Basin Spadefoot Toads – a sleepy chorus

Great Basin Spadefoot Toads – a sleepy chorus

Hard-working ONDA volunteers have planted thousands of trees, restored dozens of miles of streams, decommissioned old roads, and removed enough barbed wire to stretch from one end of Oregon to the other. They’ve also toiled endlessly in our offices, written letters, attended meetings and events, all toward one goal: giving our deserts a voice. View ONDA volunteer opportunities here.

Interested in giving your high desert adventure a purpose? Our Independent Stewards program adds self-directed and highly customizable restoration-oriented volunteer opportunities to our slate of guided field-based work trips, and includes an important monitoring program along the Oregon Desert Trail. Find out more here.

2017 marked the first time ONDA led trail-specific volunteer trips that included building new trail in the Oregon Badlands Wilderness, maintaining existing trail along the Fremont National Recreation Trail, and two trail maintenance projects in the Steens Mountain Wilderness.

The next round of Oregon Desert Trail stewardship projects will open for registration in February, 2020

Visit our featured projects in these two areas:

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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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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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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