FAQS

Jeremy Fox

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Connecting Trails

Connecting Trails

The Oregon Desert Trail ties into two National Recreation Trails: the Fremont National Recreation Trail and Desert Trail.

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Sage Steppes

Sage Steppes

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Great Basin Spadefoot Toads – a sleepy chorus

Great Basin Spadefoot Toads – a sleepy chorus

The current route is 753.5 miles

  • 9% Trail
  • 35% Cross country
  • 51% Unpaved/dirt roads
  • 5% paved roads
  • The route is unmarked
  • The driest section of the ODT is between Bend and Paisley, the first 160 miles
  • The longest water carry depends on the season, could be about 40 miles, often much less
  • Spring and fall are the ideal times to hike
  • The ODT ties into two National Recreation Trails: The Fremont National Recreation Trail & Desert Trail
  • 16 different towns and cities along the route can provide hiker services
  • The highest point on the trail is 9,552’ in the Steens Mountain
  • The lowest point on the trail is 2,655 at Lake Owyhee State Park

Renee Patrick

Community

Connect with other hikers, share your trip reports, explore the trail towns along the route, or plan to attend a future trail presentation. As we build our network of supporters and hikers, we would love to involve you as much as possible. Do you have a service you would like to offer hikers along...

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Sarah Imholt

Get Involved

  Thanks to thousands of volunteer and staff hours and generous support in the form of memberships and donations, the Oregon Desert Trail is now a reality. There are many ways to help shape the future of the route, including joining ONDA, volunteering for trail work, attending a presentation, and becoming a sponsor of...

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Renee Patrick

Plan A Trip

  To make planning easier, ONDA divided the full 750-mile trail route into four regions and a total of 25 sections of 20 to 40 miles each, all of varying difficulty. Be advised! It is critical to read the guide descriptions in detail and seriously consider any notes on water scarcity or challenging terrain...

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ODT Story

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Trail Resources

ONDA has created a number of resources to help you safely navigate the route. All are meant to be used together to help you safely travel through the high desert. **Materials will be updated over the 2018-19 winter. If you are planning a trip in 2019 please wait to print out any of the...

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Desert Travel Tips

These desert travel tips will help you travel safely through the high desert of eastern Oregon.

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Challenges and Risks

The Oregon Desert Trail is an extremely challenging route for hikers, both physically and logistically. Travelers on the ODT need to be aware of the remoteness, lack of cell communication and environmental hazards. There are several potentially dry stretches with no reliable water, and water caching ahead of time is necessary. Thru-hiking the entire...

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Community

Connect with other hikers, share your trip reports, explore the trail towns along the route, or plan to attend a future trail presentation. As we build our network of supporters and hikers, we would love to involve you as much as possible. Do you have a service you would like to offer hikers along...

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Get Involved

  Thanks to thousands of volunteer and staff hours and generous support in the form of memberships and donations, the Oregon Desert Trail is now a reality. There are many ways to help shape the future of the route, including joining ONDA, volunteering for trail work, attending a presentation, and becoming a sponsor of...

Read More

Plan A Trip

  To make planning easier, ONDA divided the full 750-mile trail route into four regions and a total of 25 sections of 20 to 40 miles each, all of varying difficulty. Be advised! It is critical to read the guide descriptions in detail and seriously consider any notes on water scarcity or challenging terrain...

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How to Talk to Your Friends about Public Lands

For most outdoor recreationists, talking about being out in nature comes, well, naturally. We share photos from our trips. We rave about the views we enjoyed and the wildlife we encountered. We invite our friends to join us on our next adventure. But, when it comes to talking about the policies that govern the public...

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REI Continues Support of the Oregon Desert Trail

The Oregon Desert Trail (ODT) has made a lot of progress in the past year thanks to the continued support of the hiking community, gateway community partners, ONDA members and the outdoor industry. Highlights include 8 completed thru-hikes of the 750 mile route, 23 Oregon Desert Trail presentations throughout Oregon and Idaho reaching over...

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