Discover the Desert in a Day

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John Cunningham, ONDA member and volunteer

John Cunningham, ONDA member and volunteer

Restoration is hard slow work. It takes hold, or it doesn’t, in fits and starts. The immensity of the need can be discouraging, but we must carry on. I am so thankful ONDA carries on.

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Ryan “Dirtmonger” Sylva, ODT thru-hiker 2017

Ryan “Dirtmonger” Sylva, ODT thru-hiker 2017

“To me, it’s a thru-hike in an isolated place that promotes a conversation in land management, ethics and usage. Hiking across a vast and remote landscape and having a random and chance encounter with cowboys and hunters to discuss how ‘all of us’ should treat the land, how we all have a responsibility, no matter our political leanings, really showed me the pulse of the people in rural areas, especially here out west.”

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Western Meadowlark Dawn Chorus

Western Meadowlark Dawn Chorus

Discover the Desert in a Day

Author: Renee Patrick  |  Published: March 29, 2024  | Category: Where-To This article originally appeared in The Bulletin on March 22, 2024. These short hikes will give you a taste […]

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Thoughtful Gear Choices for an Oregon Desert Trail Hike

Author: Renee Patrick  | Published: September 6, 2023  | Category: Deep Dive Gear is always a hot topic of conversation among long-distance backpackers. Good gear choices for a challenging route […]

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How-To: Experience the Best of Oregon’s High Desert – practical advice from ODT hikers

Author: Renee Patrick |  Published: February 3, 2023 |  Category: How-to Taking on a challenging remote hike like the Oregon Desert Trail can be intimidating, but hikers from all experience […]

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How-To: Tips for Opening and Closing Barb Wire Gates

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 […]

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12 Explorers We’d Love to Bump Into on the Oregon Desert Trail

Authors: Renee Patrick and Lace Thornberg  |  Published: October 25, 2022  |  Category: Profile Go out for a long hike in Oregon’s high desert and you will see more pronghorn […]

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Oregon Desert Trail Impact Monitoring

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Wonders by Day and Night

Author: Scott Bowler  |  Published: January 14, 2022  |  Category: Where-to    A  month-by-month guide to appreciating Oregon’s high desert As the tenth largest state in the union, Oregon offers […]

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Stories from the Oregon Desert Trail

Author: Renee Patrick  |   Category: Where-to Getting ready to go on a day-long, week-long or month-long adventure on the Oregon Desert Trail? You can learn so much by seeing how […]

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Your Next Autumn Activity:
Volunteering

As golden aspen leaves and frosty mornings mark the arrival of fall in Oregon’s high desert, welcomed rains are bringing fire danger down and allowing volunteers to resume work on […]

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Return to the Oregon Desert Trail

Carly “Quill” Swisher started a thru-hike of the Oregon Desert Trail in the late spring of 2020, but had to get off in McDermitt, Nevada. Undeterred, she went back June […]

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