Stories from the Oregon Desert Trail

Courtesy of Carly Swisher

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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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The Last Darkness

The Last Darkness

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Oregon Desert Trail Map

Oregon Desert Trail Map

  • 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.