Oregon Desert Trail (Seg. 9): Colvin Timber to Plush
ElevationAscent: 1,682' 513 m
Descent: -3,678' -1,121 m
High: 6,537' 1,992 m
Low: 4,489' 1,368 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 21% (12°)
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“After leaving Colvin Timbers, the route is in exposed sage country.”— Renee Patrick
After crossing a small draw (WB154), the ODT meets back up with a two-track road east of Webb Lake (WB155) and continues east-northeast. The ODT crosses under a large transmission line (the same one that the trail crossed under near Christmas Valley) and climbs on the rough two-track road to a saddle to the east (WB157), where it meets with a more well-traveled two-track road and drops briefly to the next junction (WB158), then climbs again to the northeast to a fork in the two-track road (WB159).
Here the ODT takes the right (east) fork, climbs gently over a saddle and meets back up with a two-track road at WB161. From WB161 the trail follows the two-track to the east-southeast and, after a short climb, descends to a road junction just north of Mud Springs (WB162; dry). The ODT continues east on the two-track up and over another saddle, passing by a water trough (WB163; had a trickle of water coming out July 2012, dry June 2013; see photo) to another road junction at Juniper Spring (WB164; dry). The trail climbs steeply again to the northeast to reach a saddle (WB165) above Miners Draw, and passes by George Spring (WB166; full water trough with algae July 2012, dry June 2013) as it descends several miles down Miners Draw.
There is another unnamed spring at WB167 (full July 2012; dry June 2013) just below a road junction; this is the last potential water source until Plush. The ODT follows the two-track road as it winds down to the Hogback Road at WB169, with the mass of Hart Mountain standing in the distance. Turning south at the Hogback Road, the ODT follows this gravel-then-paved road to the Plush Turnoff (WB171) and then a mile later to the town of Plush (WB172).
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