Stories from the Oregon Desert Trail

Courtesy of Carly Swisher

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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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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

  • The adventurer known as Douchpacker has both bikepacked and hiked sections of the route.

  • Oregon Desert Trail Coordinator Renee Patrick section hiked the entire route in 2016, including a "water alternate" packraft of the Owyhee, and also skied a short section of the route.

  • See the video section for more about Sage Clegg's biking portions of the ODT in 2013.

  • Runners can check out the videos above about Christof Teuscher's speed run of the ODT in 2015 & 2016, and Jeff Browning and Jesse Haynes trip in 2016.


  • Photo by Renee Patrick

If you have a blog or link from your trip that you would like to share, please send us the link, and we’ll get it posted.