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Fremont National Recreation Trail Work along Oregon Desert Trail

Difficulty Rating: 5 of 5 June 22 (Thursday AM) to June 25 (Sunday PM) For the first year, ONDA has several opportunities for trail work along the Oregon Desert Trail (ODT) corridor. We will be clearing trees from the shared trail corridor in the Fremont National Forest with the help of a trained sawyer, brushing and maintaining the trail tread in a stunning ridge-top section of the Fremont National Recreation Trail.
When Jun 22, 2017 12:00 PM to
Jun 25, 2017 04:00 PM
Where Fremont Forest
Contact Name
Contact Phone (541) 330-2638
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The Fremont National Forest offers a setting of classic Western beauty derived from the land’s volcanic legacy. The ecosystem ranges from towering snow-capped peaks to wide-open sage basins. The Fremont National Recreation Trail traverses most of the length of the forest from north to south, and the Oregon Desert Trail ties into over 60 miles of this trail system that was designated as a National Recreation Trail in 1979.

HERE is a map of the approximate area for reference.


ONDA created the Oregon Desert Trail (ODT) route a few years ago to link existing trails, old two track roads, and cross country travel as a way to introduce hikers to the stunning landscapes found in Oregon's high desert. The ODT's overlap with the Fremont National Recreation Trail is the largest section that ties into existing trail tread for over 60 miles starting at the Chewaucan Crossing near the town of Paisley.

Volunteers will work with a trained sawyer to clear downed trees over the trail, and also use a variety of tools to brush the trail, and maintain the trail tread.

We typically head to the work site at 8AM and stop work by 4PM in order to leave time in the afternoon to clean-up, relax, and cook a well-deserved dinner. The work will involve moving bucked trees "swamping" off the trail, using loppers and hand saws to clear brush from the corridor of the trail, as well as a variety of other trail tools to clear and maintain the corridor according to the Forest Service trail standards. The section of trail we will be working on is along a stunning ridge line with expansive views! ONDA will provide all instruction and necessary tools to do the job; no previous trail building experience is needed to attend this trip. All that is required is a love of the high desert, a big smile and a willingness to learn.

Fremont NRT
We will be clearing trees like this one over the trail


  • Enjoy the unique character and beauty of the Fremont National Forest.
  • Help define the Fremont National Recreation Trail and Oregon Desert Trail for future recreation.
  • Maintain the longest stretch of trail tread along the ODT route, and improve conditions for a variety of users including hikers, bikers, and horseback riders.
  • The work will be physically strenuous and temperatures can be hot during this time of the year.



    • Thursday, June 22nd (12PM): We will meet at the Paisley Ranger Station and receive instruction about the trail work and standards of maintenance, then carpool to our basecamp site at Avery Pass, set up camp, and spend the afternoon hiking or exploring the area.
    • Friday, June 23rd: After breakfast, we will hike towards Morgan Butte with required tools and begin removing trees and maintaining the trail tread. Volunteers should plan to be out all day and be prepared for a full day of hiking and doing physical work in full sun.
    • Saturday, June 24th: After breakfast, we will continue the trail work south towards Morgan Butte, and if time allows will begin working north towards Chewaucan Crossing. Volunteers should plan to be out all day and be prepared for a full day of hiking and doing physical work in full sun.
    • Sunday, June25th: After breakfast, we will pack up camp and continue the trail work until 2PM when volunteers will return to Avery Pass, and carpool back to the Paisley Ranger Station and head home. (Leave time for a post-trip beverage and meal at the Pioneer Saloon!)


        Hiker on the Fremont NRT
        A hiker on the Fremont NRT at Avery Pass where we will be camping


        We will be camping at Avery Pass along the Fremont National Recreation Trail. We will be meeting at 12PM at the Paisley Ranger Station before heading to camp. Click HERE for driving directions from Bend. Click HERE to view Avery Pass on a map.


        5 out of 5. This trip will require volunteers to be hiking long distances, carrying and using trail tools and moving bucked up trees all day. Click HERE for a description of the trip difficulty rating system.


        Participants are responsible for their own food, camping gear as well as transportation to and from the trip. Sturdy off-trail ankle-high boots are required for this trip. Participants should be prepared to be away from camp all day each of the work days.


        ONDA will provide tools for the work, some group camping equipment (shade tent, tables for cooking, wash bins for kitchen cleanup, a privy, camp chairs, and campfire supplies), potable water, expert leadership, and we can talk about long distance hiking on the Oregon Desert Trail!


        This trip will be led by ONDA's Oregon Desert Trail Coordinator, Renee Patrick
        Group size is limited to 15 participants.
        This trip is offered free of charge.

        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 2017 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”. Six 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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