According to the BLM, hikers can reach ‘the heart’ of the Oregon Badlands Wilderness by travelling the remote Tumulus Trail which winds around large lava blisters littered with dark hidden alcoves, dry moats and wide open juniper woodlands. BLM is quick to point out that it’s easy to get lost in the Badlands desert – and this trail in particular – so sufficient navigation skills are highly recommended.
Keeping your bearings is an important consideration when hiking just about any Badlands trail. They are all very dry and dusty treks along lonely stretches of juniper and lava strewn landscapes, and even if you are on a designated trail there will be tons of intersecting trails, pathways, roadways and unmarked turnouts along the way. Also, pack lots of water, wear a hat and keep an eye out for wildlife. Getting there is only half the battle. Surviving the experience will make you a seasoned Badlands badass hiker. Seriously. Just ask that eight-year-old. Read more ….