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Oregon Desert Trail Inventory, Horse Butte to Newberry Crater Backpack

We will be inventorying approximately 25 miles of the proposed Oregon Desert Trail along cross country and old 4wd routes. One night of car camping, three nights of backpacking, and three full days of exploring and documenting this volcanic landscape.
When Aug 24, 2012 04:00 PM to
Aug 28, 2012 10:00 AM
Where Horse Butte
Contact Name
Contact Phone 541-330-2638
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BACKGROUND:
From the Badlands Wilderness outside of Bend to Lake Owyhee State Park near the Idaho border, the proposed Oregon Desert Trail is a route that traverses the expanse of Oregon's high desert region on public lands. The route as it is currently mapped is over 700 miles long, and over half of that mileage is off established trails and roads on cross-country routes in several Wilderness and Wilderness Study Areas. This project is in the stage of surveying and inventorying the mapped route...basically doing the research and homework to make sure the route makes sense. Doing this background work is necessary before ONDA moves forward with any sort of formal trail proposals to the various land agencies involved.

HERE is a Google map showing where Horse Butte is.

2012 ODT horse Butte hike description

View of the Cascade Range from the Badlands Wilderness at the foot of Horse Butte.


TRIP TIMELINE:

  • August 24, Friday PM.   Participants should arrive at Horse Butte, about 20 minutes SE of Bend, in the evening. We will car camp that night, and the next morning we will begin backpacking towards Newberry National Monument.
  • August 25-27, SAT/SUN/MON. We'll be inventorying as we backpack. On the 27th we'll arrive at Newberry and camp at one of the lakeside campgrounds.  We will either set up a shuttle beforehand, or arrange for a pick up at Newberry on the 28th.
  • August 28, Tuesday AM.   We'll pack up in the morning and then head home!


THE WORK:
Participants will use GPS cameras, GPS units, and good old-fashioned note taking to record what we find along the route. A mini-training on GPS technologies will be covered the first evening.

ODT Hart Trip description 2012

Many sections of the Oregon Desert Trail are old vehicle routes now closed to motorized traffic, such as this one in the Devil's Garden WSA.

CAMP:
We will car camp on the first night, and backpack camp for the second, third and fourth nights. To cover the most ground there will be a shuttle system of cars set up.


DIFFICULTY RATING:

4 out of 5. Participants on this trip must be in good physical condition and be able to backpack 10-12 miles per day (about 8-10 hours) on cross country routes.  There will be a 3000' elevation gain on this trip, with the high point at around 7000' above sea level. Click HERE for a description of the trip difficulty rating system.


PARTICIPANT RESPONSIBILITIES:
Participants are responsible for their own food, backpacking/camping gear as well as transportation to and from the trip. Sturdy off-trail ankle-high boots are required for this trip. This trip is offered to members free of charge.


PROVIDED BY ONDA:

ONDA will provide gear for the work and and excellent guidance in the field.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

This trip will be led by ONDA's Oregon Desert Trail Inventory Consultant Jeremy Fox jfox@onda.org
Space is limited to 4 volunteers.
This trip is offered to members free of charge.


REGISTRATION:
An ONDA registration application and medical form is required for this trip. Click HERE for the form.  You only need to fill this form out once per year: You can join additional 2012 trips by e-mailing the trip leader directly.

You will receive a confirmation e-mail within 10 working days of submitting the form.  The confirmation e-mail will provide information regarding which trips you are on the “participant list” for, and which trips are full and so your name has been placed on the “wait list”.  Five weeks before the trip starts the trip leader will send out an RSVP e-mail to make sure everyone is still available to participate.  Three weeks before the trip begins, the trip leader will send out an e-mail with additional information, maps, driving instructions, car-pooling options etc.  However, if you have any questions in the meantime, please don't hesitate to contact the trip leader at the e-mail address above.

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