Oregon Desert Trail (Seg. 5): Burma Rim to Diablo North
ElevationAscent: 2,452' 747 m
Descent: -1,775' -541 m
High: 5,510' 1,680 m
Low: 4,441' 1,354 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 26% (14°)
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“Juniper gives way to sagebrush in this wide-open country. Watch for wild horses!”— Renee Patrick
Need to Know
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Several cattle/wildlife water holes are along the way, but these muddy, often dry pools are not considered reliable water. This section combines a series of cross country, and 2-track road hiking.
After passing through the barbed wire fence gates at Midway Well, the ODT hits a two-track junction, and takes the two-track road heading northwest, crossing under a power line (the trail will cross under this transmission line again later in the Coyote Hills). Beyond the power line, the ODT reaches a fork in the two-track road (WB008, questionable water in water trough), and takes the left (southwest) track as it climbs gently toward the ridgelines in the distance.
The ODT stays right (southwest) at the fork and crosses simultaneously over a cattle guard and under a different power line at WB010 (two water troughs here, questionable water), taking the right (south) fork in the two-track roadnot the west-east power line road. The ODT stays on this two-track road as it heads generally southeast toward the more prominent ridges in the distance, passing a questionable water trough at WB011 and WB012. Avoid taking any lesser roads that branch off. Where the two-track road starts climbing the slope to the west at WB015, the ODT leaves the two-track and continues cross-country 9.2 miles in a southwest direction towards the low point between two rock rims.
At this saddle the ODT drops slightly, heading south into an open sage flat, but then climbs steeply toward a notch in the ridge directly to the south. From the notch, the trail turns southwest and drops into a basin with a gentle rise in the middle of it, (WB020) passing northwest of DePaoli and Packsaddle lakes (unreliable cow-water holes) toward the next notch in the ridge to the southeast. After crossing the rough two-track, the trail climbs steeply to the notch in the ridge.
The trail then drops downhill to the west from the notch, passing a rough two-track north of the Handy Waterhole (WB024 unreliable cow-water hole), then curves southwest and continues gently climbing again to a short, steep climb to a curious rock cairn perched on the next major ridge. Views here are vast! The ODT continues south on this ridgeline until reaching a barbed wire fence, then turns west to follow this fence on a steep descent. At the bottom of the slope where the fence turns southwest, the ODT continues northwest cross-country for about a mile, then turns west-southwest and drops farther to cross an overgrown two-track road. Shortly after crossing this old road the ODT joins another two-track road at WB030 and follows this to the northwest to County Waterhole No. 15 (WB031, unreliable muddy cow water hole). From here the ODT continues northwest on a rough two-track (actually turning into a singletrack cow trail) past another low spot and on to County Waterhole No. 9 (WB033, unreliable cow-water hole).
The trail remains on this overgrown two-track as it continues north towards the reddish Bunker Hill, gradually climbing and turning west as it passes the south end of the hill (WB034). The ODT stays on this two-track road as it leads northwest, past a barbed wire fence just south of County Waterhole No. 7 (unreliable, cow-water hole), to WB035 where the trail heads cross-country 1.1 miles downhill to the west-northwest to meet back up with the two-track at WB036, near the south end of Coffeepot Basin. Here the ODT follows this two-track road west, then southwest as it climbs up a canyon, the beginning of the climb toward Diablo Peak. At a fork in the two-track, the ODT continues on the left (south) track, climbing on the two-track road to the end of this section.