Oregon Desert Trail (Seg. 4): Lost Forest to Burma Rim
ElevationAscent: 870' 265 m
Descent: -747' -228 m
High: 4,946' 1,507 m
Low: 4,410' 1,344 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)
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“With sand underfoot, look for Sand Rock, an interesting geological formation along your path.”— Renee Patrick
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There is no reliable water in this section. This section combines a series of cross country, and 2-track road walking.
Heading southeast from the pullout, the ODT crosses a well-traveled road (CV116) and heads southeast cross-country 1.4 miles through more scattered pine and juniper. The trail gradually transitions out of the live trees into a small, open valley full of the skeletons of these trees ( perhaps the water table dropped too much for these trees to make it here). The trail climbs gently, weaving among the tall sage and arrives at a 3-way junction of two-track roads. Continue straight onto the two-track heading southeast. After a little over 2 miles of following the road the ODT turns to the northeast (CV121) heading cross-country 9.1 miles to climb to the top of a ridge, then resumes the southeast/south travel among the junipers along this ridge. Below this ridge on both sides are low pockets of land that may catch a bit of snow or rain, but this porous soil does not hold water for very long.
The ODT follows this ridge southeast and south for several miles take the easiest route while staying near the ridgeline (trail on the east side of a ridge skirts around a parcel of private land that is directly to the west). From the high points along this ridge are great views to the northwest of the Shifting Sand Dunes Wilderness Study Area, and the general open, flatness of Christmas Valley to the west. The ODT drops down from the ridge and crosses a two-track road at, then climbs gently and curves to the southwest, still cross-country, passing a lone juniper.
The cross-country stretch drops down the west side of the ridge to a two-track road hidden in the sage at the south end of Hansen Valley (CV129). The ODT follows this road south for about a mile then turns west cross-country at CV131 for 1.7 miles (and a possible water cache spot), and heads around the southern edge of a prominent ridge down to the paved Christmas Valley Highway (CV133). The small town of Christmas Valley is about 19 miles to the west on this road, about 25 minutes by vehicle.
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