Oregon Desert Trail

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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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Karen Garber, volunteer since 2017

Karen Garber, volunteer since 2017

So glad we got to do a stewardship trip with ONDA this summer, and now I’m more inspired than ever to start hiking the Oregon Desert Trail in bits and pieces.

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The Last Darkness

The Last Darkness

Immerse yourself in Oregon's desert

The Oregon Desert Trail traverses some of the most spectacular natural areas of the state’s dry side, including Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge, Steens Mountain, and the Owyhee Canyonlands.

We invite you to use this information to explore and enjoy natural treasures throughout Oregon’s high desert and the interesting communities that surround them. We hope you’ll see for yourself the value of these unique natural landscapes and join us in advocating for their protection.

Wildhorse Lake on Steens Mountain

Renee Patrick

Abert Rim

Jamey Pyles   Website

Hart Mountain

Pueblo Mountains

Renee Patrick

West Little Owyhee

Tim Neville

Adventures await

To craft this 750-mile route located on public land and public rights-of-way, ONDA stitched existing trails, old Jeep tracks, and historical wagon roads together with stretches of cross-country travel. Our aims are to improve access to the wonders of the desert and to let explorers take a choose-your-own-adventure approach to getting to know this region.

Sections of the trail can be explored on foot or on horseback, or by boat, bike, or even skis in the winter. Some sections offer easy walks along well-marked paths. Other areas require GPS skills, significant outdoor experience, and serious preparation, particularly for water sources.

Where Recreation Meets Conservation

By connecting the remote and stunning regions in Oregon’s high desert with a navigable path, ONDA is immersing hikers in the lands we’ve been striving to protect since the 1980s. Our hope is that by introducing more people to these amazing landscapes, we’re creating new advocates and inspiring people to accept the responsibility to protect, defend and restore Oregon’s high desert for generations to come.

Jeremy Fox

About the ODT

Oregon Natural Desert Association developed the Oregon Desert Trail to showcase the most spectacular natural areas of the state’s dry side, including Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge, Steens Mountain, and the Owyhee Canyonlands and engage desert explorers in public lands conservation. While we have surveyed every inch of the route in crafting the Oregon...

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Renee Patrick

Community

Get Involved in Desert Conservation The Oregon Natural Desert Association’s mission is to protect, restore, and defend Oregon’s desert areas, and Oregon Desert Trail explorers are integral in these efforts.  To help us reach our conservation goals, ONDA conducts extensive wilderness inventories and science-based monitoring. Oregon Desert Trail explorers have first-hand experience of sensitive...

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Renee Patrick

Plan A Trip

Be advised! Stretches of the Oregon Desert Trail route are exceedingly remote. Read the Oregon Desert Trail guidebook descriptions in detail and seriously consider any notes on water scarcity or challenging terrain before setting out. To make planning easier, ONDA has divided the full 750-mile trail route into four regions and a total of...

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