Community

Renee Patrick

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 the route? Are you looking to find a hiking partner for a section of the route? Use our community resources below to communicate with past, current, and future hikers, and we always love to share your stories, so send us your blog or trip report.

A Route in the Making

Please share with us what you learn along the way. The Oregon Desert Trail was crafted with the best knowledge at the time and remains a work-in-progress. We incorporate feedback as we receive it and share that information with others.

A Fall Hiking Perspective on the Oregon Desert Trail

  The Oregon Desert Trail’s first fall thru-hiker, Bob “Huck Finn” Jessee, completed the route in 2015. Read about his adventure and tips for getting out in the shoulder season. The Oregon Desert Trail (ODT) may have been Bob “Huck Finn” Jessee’s second thru-hike, but following his successful 2013 completion of the 3,000-mile Continental...

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An Oregon Desert Trail Adventure on the Owyhee River

  Oregon Desert Trail Coordinator Renee Patrick shares her exploratory packraft alternate on the Oregon Desert Trail (ODT) in the Owyhee Canyonlands. Getting to the West Little Owyhee River where Oregon Desert Trail Section 21 begins is a logistical challenge. I had arranged for a variety of rides to get from Bend to the...

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Christof Teuscher Runs for Discovery on the Oregon Desert Trail

  “What I enjoy most about the Oregon desert are the wide open spaces, it’s so fascinating. Since I grew up in Switzerland, I find it very exotic. I’ve always been places with houses and fences, and the desert is a different world; I thrive in that. It can make you feel very small...

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Jeremy Fox

About the ODT

  An ONDA initiative since 2011, the 750-mile 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. While we have surveyed every inch of the route in crafting the Oregon Desert Trail, it remains a...

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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 hiking a section 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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