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Explore the Oregon Desert Trail by Boots, Bike or Boat
Panel Presentation October 10 will highlight different recreation options on Oregon’s newest long-distance route
(PORTLAND, OR) The Oregon Natural Desert Association (ONDA) and the Mountain Shop are hosting a panel presentation in Portland that will introduce new opportunities to recreate on public land in Oregon’s high desert. The 750-mile Oregon Desert Trail (ODT) stretches from the Oregon Badlands Wilderness outside of Bend, and traverses mountains, deserts, rivers, and canyons to end in the stunning Owyhee Canyonlands near the Idaho border.
Four expert desert adventurers will share their stories from spending time along the Oregon Desert Trail via backpacking, ultrarunning, bikepacking, and packrafting. Panelists include thru-hiker Brian “Tomato” Boshart, bikepacker Gabriel Amadeus, ultra-runner Christof Teuscher, and packrafter and ODT Trail Coordinator Renee "She-ra" Patrick to discuss their adventures in the high desert, and the importance of public lands for recreation.
Join ONDA on Monday, October 10 at the Mountain Shop in Portland at 5 p.m. (1510 NE 37th Ave, Portland, OR 97232) for Explore the Oregon Desert Trail by Boots, Bike or Boat.
Enjoy free beer from Base Camp Brewing, explore lightweight gear options from Six Moon Design, and score some great raffle prizes from Six Moon Designs, Oboz, Sawyer, Clif Bar, TOAKS, Gerber, Gossamer Gear, Trail Butter, Superfeet and more. Doors open at 5 p.m., with the panel beginning at 6 p.m. Space is limited, so register for the free event at ODTBootsBikeBoat.eventbrite.com.
Hot springs, wide-open vistas, and incredible geology await explorers on the ODT, and one will be much more likely to see herds of pronghorn antelope and the well-camouflaged sage-grouse than other people. The route’s guide, maps, and GPS track data offer hiking, biking, and horseback riding opportunities ranging from day jaunts to long-distance backpacking trips. Find all the information at ONDA.org/OregonDesertTrail.
The Oregon Natural Desert Association is a Bend-based nonprofit organization that has worked to protect, defend and restore Oregon’s high desert for nearly 30 years. We’re actively working to protect stunning, ecologically significant areas in the Central Oregon Backcountry, John Day River Basin, Greater Hart-Sheldon Region and Owyhee Canyonlands. Learn more at ONDA.org.