As the Oregon Desert Trail becomes more established, we'll be sharing the latest updates on resources, trail conditions, and more.
- Eastern Oregon experienced a heavy winter, and it's shaping up to be a wet spring! Many of the higher elevations still have considerable snow, and some of the lower elevations are quite muddy. May will probably be a good time to head out and explore some of the sections, but note higher elevations, especially in the Steens Mountain (over 9,000'), will most likely have snow well into the summer.
- Coming soon: Trail Conditions Google Doc - did you spend some time along the route? Want to see if anyone has visited a section you want to explore? The trail conditions doc will help us keep track what's on the ground.
- All materials are being revised and should be released in early April.
- 10/27/16 - Reroute south of Fields (Section 16) From Fields continue South on Hwy 205
for 3 miles. Turn right on a dirt road, staying left at a fork in the road until you meet up with the original route just south of the Starr Homestead. (reroute is a total of 7.5 miles)
- 10/6/16 - NEW: Lodging option near Denio. More info coming soon, but for $85 you can rent the 2-room rustic bunkhouse. Full kitchen, shower, etc. Call Katie for more details or to book. 503-550-4799
- 8/23/16 - NEW: Section Overview Maps - Each of the 25 sections now have an overview map, databook info & elevation profile. Download here
- 8/23/16 - Region 1 & 4 maps have been updated with some reroute information. Guidebook, databook and waypoints also reflect changes. See all materials here.
- 8/22/16 - Section 25 should be avoided at this time due to the Cherry Road Fire. Stay up to day here: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4974/
- Fire season is in full swing in eastern Oregon. Remember open fires are prohibited, including campfires, charcoal fires, cooking fires and warming fires, except at designated locations. Portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels are allowed.
Keep up to date here:
- Driving directions to Tumulus Trailhead: The western terminus of the ODT is just 13.5 miles from Bend. Head east on Hwy 20 for 6.5 miles, take a left on Dodds Road for 6 miles to an unmarked dirt road where you will turn right. Take a right at the fork in the dirt road until you reach a parking area at the canal. The Tumulus trailhead is over the canal walkway.
- Pine Mountain Observatory is on ODT mile 27.2, and since the first 27.2 miles are dry we are happy to announce Observatory Supervisor Mark Dunaway has offered to receive food or water caches from hikers at the top of Pine Mountain. Please call ahead or email to arrange a time to drop off your cache: 541-382-8331, firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your ETA data and discuss with Mark where the cache will be located when you are hiking through. Make time to visit the Observatory for a show if the timing is right! Friday and Saturday evenings from late May through last Friday/Saturday in September, weather permitting. Programs start at 9pm through mid-summer, then move back to 8:30 & 8pm start times by September as darkness falls earlier. $5 donation per person. Skies need to be clear, "Dark Moon" weekends are best. http://pmo.uoregon.edu/
- Reroute north of Rome (Section 23) The alternate is 10 miles vs. on the 7 mile older route. Until we get the maps and guidebook updated here is a graphic & track log to get you where you need to go. From waypoint OC110 to OC116
Section 8: Mill Lake Trailhead to Vee Lake has had some blowdowns that made hiking the route pretty difficult. The Fremont Forest Service reported clearing a path through, so this would be a great opportunity to go check out the Abert Rim area!
UPDATED: Maps for the ODT
Added declination, revised mileages & section headers, modified regions
(higher resolution maps are available by emailing us)
NEW: Databook/Water Chart on Google Docs
Download the Data Book/Water Chart as a PDF or Excel file in the upper left corner of the page. Click here for directions on how to use and update the water chart while on the trail.