A wildlife biologist from Bend recently passed through Lake County as part of her hike of the new Oregon Desert Trail in its entirety, a distance totaling 750 miles.
The trail, which Oregon Natural Desert Association (ONDA) commenced in 2011, starts in the Bend area and ends at Lake Owyhee State Park. ONDA is an organization dedicated to preserving eastern Oregon’s high desert, and the project represented the brainchild of ONDA Exec. Dir. Brent Fenty.
The goal of the project is to provide access and recreation as well as provide a public opportunity to highlight areas deserving of protection, not to mention cultivate a public love of the desert.
A considerable segment of the trail passes through Lake County, with portions passing north of Fort Rock and Christmas Valley, the Summer Lake area and directly through Paisley.
The trail travels further south to just north of Lakeview before weaving east through Plush and over Hart Mountain National Wildlife Refuge before proceeding further east through Frenchglen, southeast to Fields and then making its final eastern and northern winding route to its end point in Lake Owyhee State Park.
For more information, visit www.onda.org for more information on the trail.