FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
New and updated materials now available for Oregon Desert Trail
BEND – New tools and updated information are now available to help plan your adventure on the Oregon Desert Trail, a 750-mile route through Oregon’s high desert that debuted in 2014.
The tools build on the resources that have been available for the past two years and include a databook and chart that offers information on the reliability of water sources (a companion piece to the Oregon Desert Trail map set); an app and website collaboration with REI’s Hiking Project that offers a real-time view of where you are on the trail even when you’re offline -- the first 270 miles are live, with the rest of the trail due to be added by the end of the year; and water caching guidelines to help plan a trip.
Additional offerings to be added this year include updated maps and town information as well as a soon-to-be-released guide. All of this is available at ONDA.org/OregonDesertTrail.
“With these new and updated resources, hikers will have more tools at their disposal when they head out into the desert for a hike on the ODT,” said ONDA Trail Coordinator Renee Patrick. “For gadget lovers, the gps data and new Hiking Project collaboration will make route finding easier, but for those who still love to rely on map and compass skills, the updated information will help you find and stay on route. As more people head out for a hike and relay their feedback and findings, we will continue to refine the information available for those planning or hiking along the trail.”
Beginning in 2011, the Oregon Natural Desert Association began surveying the Oregon Desert Trail, a route accessible in various sections by foot, bike, horse and even canoe or kayak. It showcases the most scenic and ecologically critical areas of Oregon’s high desert, including Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge, Steens Mountain Wilderness and the Owyhee Canyonlands. Highlights include encounters with eagles, bighorn sheep and pronghorn antelope; petroglyphs and obsidian worked by long-ago peoples; and unparalleled beauty and solitude. Its purpose is to build recreational opportunities and appreciation for eastern Oregon.
“While called a trail, the Oregon Desert Trail actually links trails, dirt roads and some route-finding,” said ONDA Executive Director Brent Fenty. “Some sections are perfect for day trips while others require significant outdoors experience and preparation.”
The Oregon Natural Desert Association is a Bend-based nonprofit conservation organization that has focused on protecting, defending and restoring Oregon’s high desert for almost 30 years. It works to protect stunning, intact areas in the Central Oregon Backcountry, John Day River Basin, Greater Hart-Sheldon Region and the Owyhee Canyonlands. Learn more at ONDA.org and about the trail at ONDA.org/OregonDesertTrail.