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There is far more to Oregon than Portland. Portland gets most of the attention due to the fact that 2.5 million of the 4.2 million residents of Oregon live in the Portland metro area.
Oregon is the ninth-largest state in the United States and ranked 27th in population. There is a lot of nowhere in Oregon. There are some back roads and state highways that require you to keep a close eye on the gas gauge. One close friend of mine lived in Eastern Oregon and the nearest grocery store was 60 miles away. Make sure you get everything on the list.
The Oregon Desert Trail is an unmarked 750-mile trek that crosses seven mountain ranges. It can be hiked in sections. Some say it is 800 miles long.
Whether you are looking to go a day hike, enjoy a multi-day trip or attempt a complete thru-hike, our Plan A Trip page has the resources you need. All sections of the trail can be explored on foot, and some sections can be travelled on horseback, by boat, by bike, or on skis. Some sections offer easy walks along well-marked paths, while many areas require GPS skills, significant outdoor experience and serious preparation — particularly for water sources. (Follow our water caching advice and you will surely avoid dysentery!)
The first video is of the map, a few seconds long. The second video is 5 minutes long and covers the scenery that can be seen on the 750-mile trek.