If you’re looking for a place where you can really get away from everyone and everything for a little while, the Oregon Desert Trail is it. Of course, it would be unwise to embark on a hike of any length on this 750-mile network of trails if you’re inexperienced with desert hiking, but if you know what you’re doing and are prepared to carry water for long distances, you’ll love the solitude you’ll experience on much of it.
This trail was established in 2011 and so far, only about 40 people have hiked it end to end — a feat that takes four to seven weeks to complete. You can hike portions of it as a day hiker though, and when you do, it’s unlikely that you’ll see many other people in most sections. Read on to learn more about this little-known trail and the path it covers through the deserts of Oregon.
Most of us aren’t anywhere near ready to hike the Oregon Desert Trail from beginning to end. However, you’ll enjoy hiking parts of it as a day hiker or short-term backpacker — just be sure to bring a lot of water! This part of Oregon is so beautiful and so few people visit it. It’s time you explored it yourself!