Author: TJ Paulsen | Published: January 30, 2023 | Category: How-To
Hikers will run into more gates than you might expect across the high desert. TJ Paulsen completed the entire 750-mile Oregon Desert Trail on bike and foot over the 2021-22 seasons and shared these helpful tips to help you understand how to safely manage the sometimes unruly wire fence gates you will encounter along the route.
I grew up in rural Eastern Oregon and learned at an early age a few tips about barb wire gates. As I hiked and biked the Oregon Desert Trail, I was reminded how challenging some gates could be and I thought sharing these tips with other trekkers of the ODT might help make the trip a little less frustrating and possibly save them from getting held up by a gate that is difficult to open or close.
Since we are discussing gates, let me first provide a reminder about the rule for gates. Always leave the gate the same way as you found it. Don’t leave it open, or assume that it should be closed if found open. Not following this rule could put animals in danger by not allowing them access to drinking water or allowing animals to forage in areas that could harm them, or the plants and soils there.