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The Oregon Desert Trail invites you to get inspired

Presentations in Willamette Valley will highlight 750-mile trail in Oregon’s backyard

The Oregon Natural Desert Association (ONDA) is presenting a series of events west of the Cascades that will inspire you to head over the mountains and discover the high desert on your next hiking trip. The 750-mile Oregon Desert Trail begins right outside of Bend in the Oregon Badlands Wilderness, and through a series of trails, old 2-track roads, and cross-country travel, hikers will discover mountains, deserts, rivers, and canyons to end in the stunning Owyhee Canyonlands area.
Oct 24, 2016

(BEND, OR) The Oregon Natural Desert Association (ONDA) is presenting a series of events west of the Cascades that will inspire you to head over the mountains and discover the high desert on your next hiking trip. The 750-mile Oregon Desert Trail begins right outside of Bend in the Oregon Badlands Wilderness, and through a series of trails, old 2-track roads, and cross-country travel, hikers will discover mountains, deserts, rivers, and canyons to end in the stunning Owyhee Canyonlands area.

Join ONDA for a series of Oregon Desert Trail Presentations in Eugene, Salem and Corvallis.

  • November 8, Eugene REI (306 Lawrence St., Eugene), 7 p.m.
  • November 10, Salem Public Library (585 Liberty St. SE, Anderson B Room., Salem), 6 p.m.
  • November 12, Corvallis Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall (2945 NW Circle Blvd., Corvallis), 7 p.m. (sponsored by the Great Old Broads for the Wilderness)

The quintessential Oregon that comes to mind for many is one of wet, lush forests, rocky coast lines, and snowy peaks. But just on the other side of the Cascade Mountains lies a high desert landscape that covers almost half of the state. Hot springs, wide-open vistas, and incredible geology await explorers to this part of the state, 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.

Trail Coordinator Renee Patrick will cover the basics of hitting the trail and share some new resources that will help in planning your next adventure in the high desert. Drawing on her 10,000 backpacking miles and recent triple crown accomplishment (completing the AT, PCT & CDT), Renee is applying all her knowledge and passion for trails to this new route; and don’t miss a chance to win some raffle goodies provided by Oregon Desert Trail sponsors.

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.

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Bend, OR 97702
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