Eastern Oregon isn’t just one of the most breath-taking places for biking in the nation, it’s also one of the most bike friendly. Home to endless highways and back roads ranging from alpine to high desert, our epic country offers the expert and beginner road and mountain biker unthinkable diversity. And while the journey may be the destination, don’t forget to enjoy an Oregon brew at the end of a long day of cycling.
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Check out our upcoming cycling events:
Red 2 Red Mountain Bike Race March 2, 2013 – Echo Oregon
Anthony Lakes Triathlon March 16, 2013 – North Powder, Oregon
Grand Tour Spring Ride May 5 & 6, 2013 – La Grande, Oregon
Century Ride of the Centuries May 25-28, 2013 – Pendleton, Oregon
3 Rivers Race June 1, 2013 (?) – La Grande, Oregon
Brian Trimmer Half Marathon June 8, 2013 – Burns, Oregon
Great Owyhee Ride June 15, 2013 – Ontario Oregon
Baker City Cycling Classic June 28-30, 2013 – Baker City, Oregon
Xterra Solstice Triathlon July 20, 2013 (?) – La Grande, Oregon
Wallowa Lake State Park Triathlon Sept. 14, 2013 – Joseph Oregon
2nd Annual Blue Mountain Scenic Bikeway Ride Sept. 21-22, 2013 – Heppner, Oregon
There are many established routes across the region which will take you across some of the most beautiful and varied terrain to be found anywhere.
If you know of any routes which are not included here, please let us know! We’d be happy to include them.
All of our businesses in Eastern Oregon appreciate cyclists stopping by while out on a ride, but you can click HERE for a list of ones we know would love to see you while you’re passing through.
Grande Tour Scenic Bikeway Your wheels will sing under the big sky as milesofremoteopen road beckon and your cares melt away on the Grande Tour Scenic Bikeway. Relax, inhale the fragrant sage and crank on through beautiful northeastern Oregon! Adventure cyclists seeking a challenging ride can tackle the entire 134-mile “figure-8” route. Cyclists wanting a more leisurely trip can divide their ride into segments of the route.
La Grande to Baker City the Back Way This is a good example of how to get from one town on the freeway to another town on the freeway while completely avoiding the freeway. Enjoy canyons, small towns, wildlife areas and low traffic.
La Grande to Summerville Beautiful views of the Grande Ronde Valley on this flat, wide-open ride.
La Grande to Union Reward yourself with a brew and some shuffleboard in Union during this 15-mile (30 total, out and back) ride across the valley.
Hilgard State Park to Baker City This bikeway passes through the heart of the Blue Mountains in northeast Oregon. Start eight miles west of La Grande at the location where the Old Oregon Trail Immigrant Road crossed the Grande Ronde River and headed uphill across the Blue Mountains, then turn up the river, west and south, over the most rugged portion of the Blue Mountains offered by paved road.
Elgin to Enterprise This route starts in Elgin and rises through rollers to the top of the Minam Grade, where it plunges down to the Wallowa River Canyon. After snaking through the canyon, it emerges in the lush Wallowa Valley, passing through the towns of Wallowa and Lostine before arriving at Enterprise. An optional loop swings out to the picturesque town of Joseph at the foot of stunning Wallowa Lake (detour through town to see the lake if you have time) before looping back to Enterprise.
Old Emigrant Hill Bikeway Draped over the historic and scenic Blue Mountains in northeast Oregon, the Old Emigrant Hill Road Bikeway spans the history of the Oregon Trail, early settlement stage lines and Interstate 84. It traverses through Ponderosa pine forests and open ridges, then drops to the rolling wheatlands of the lower Palouse Country.
The Wild Wheeled West Northeastern Oregon is its own piece of heaven, and this route samples all its pleasures: Small-town hospitality, quiet country roads, Hells Canyon, an epic climb between Halfway and Joseph, glacially carved Wallowa Lake, and more.
Ant Flat Spur This route is a short steep spur that is a good add-on to flatter valley routes, or can be a stand-alone for a brief but vigorous ride (5.6 miles out and back). The route gains more than 400 feet before the pavement ends. It offers commanding views of the Wallowa Mountains on the return, as well as pasture and grasslands, with several hawk species, ground squirrels and bison.
Gold Rush Bikeway Starting where the Oregon Trail crosses the Grande Ronde River, the Gold Rush Bikeway heads uphill through theTony Vey Meadow and west and south over the most rugged portion of the Blue Mountains offered by paved road in northeast Oregon.
Alder Slope Spur This out-and-back route offers one of the best views of Idaho’s Seven Devils Mountains, along with views of the Wallowa Valley and the Wallowa Mountains. It covers mostly pastureland, with historic farms and ranches, farm animals and wildlife.
Enterprise Near-Town Route This is an excellent ride for beginners and families. It offers beautiful views of the Wallowa Mountains, historic farms and ranches. You’ll see farm animals and wildlife, including sheep, goats, cows, horses, birds of prey and great blue herons.
Rancho Loop This route avoids main highways and offers wildlife viewing including hawks, eagles, swallows, red-winged blackbirds, kingfishers, marmots and white-tailed deer. You’ll pass historic farms and ranches, and enjoy beautiful views of the Upper Wallowa Valley and the Wallowa Mountains.
Hell’s Canyon Byway Beginning in La Grande, the Hells Canyon Scenic Bikeway crosses varied terrain, through some of the most diverse and breathtaking scenery in the country.
OK Gulch Spur Add a steep climb and exciting narrow winding spur to the Rancho Loop ride, as the terrain transitions from valley pastureland to bunchgrass prairie. It offers outstanding and expansive views of the Wallowa Valley and Wallowa Mountains from the top of OK Gulch. Wildlife includes many birds of prey, deer and small mammals.
Hurricane-Dobbin Route This is one of the locals’ all-time favorite rides – a perfect ride for seeing much of the Upper Wallowa Valley. You’ll enjoy stunning views of the East Moraine of Wallowa Lake as well as the Wallowa Mountains. There are several variations and add-on spurs to create a longer ride or add elevation gain – see OK Gulch Spur and Tenderfoot-Walker Loop.
Redmont Trail Network This network offers the region’s best single-track trails in the heart of the Wallowa Mountains, with wonderful views of the Wallowa and Seven Devils mountain ranges from forested terrain.
Salt Creek Summit Climb This route travels across the Wallowa Valley and into the heart of the Wallowa Mountains. It offers beautiful mountain and valley views, from farmland to forest, and along mountain streams. The route connects to the Salt Creek Summit mountain bike area.
Wallowa Mountain Rambler This is possibly the premier loop tour in all of Oregon, an epic adventure that includes a wide variety of topography and scenery, charming small towns and long stretches of wide-open spaces.
Halfway to Wallowa Lake This is one of the premier bike rides in the state in terms of both scenery and challenge.
John Day River Territory:
Strawberry Mountains Loop This spectacular loop route through the Strawberry Mountains features deep forests and expansive meadows in one of Oregon’s least populated areas.
Old West Scenic Bikeway Here’s a rugged piece of the Old West that you can check out by bike – a route spectacular enough to be designated an Oregon Scenic Bikeway. This two- to three-day route offers a cornucopia of terrain and scenery, from rushing rivers to hot springs to fossil beds – and some attention-getting climbs.
Murderers Creek This route has parts that are snowed in during the winter. Much of the route is so remote that traffic is often non-existent. It starts in Ponderosa forest, opens to high desert meadows, follows a stunning creek valley, climbs back into forest with unique rock outcroppings, and returns to John Day along the ranchland of the John Day River valley. This remote and beautiful ride goes through famous wild-horse and bighorn sheep range.
North Fork of the John Day This route has minimal traffic, unique geological formations, friendly small communities, beautiful river valleys and internationally respected fossil beds. Much of the route follows two branches of the John Day River; it passes through the John Day Fossil Bed National Monument.
Unity Century Loop Though this route is a daunting challenge, for those fit enough the rewards are worth it — great diversity of scenic landscape, including a range of climate zones, wildlife, and some stretches of road that are more like what you expect to find in Europe.
Summit Prairie Loop The steepest climb on this ride is toward the first summit, the hardest part of which comes in the last two miles – which is really a hard pull, the pitch being steeper than you’ll encounter on most paved roadways. The other two high points are easier, followed by a wonderful, nearly 20-mile downhill run back to Prairie City.
Middle Fork of the John Day This is a sumptuous route. It features low traffic, no climbs, lush riparian river shoreline, the river meandering right alongside the road all the way, rugged rocky bluffs sometimes crowding the road and river, and a backdrop of mountains that transition from conifer-covered on the east end of the route to open slopes of semi-arid grassland toward the west end.
Old West Scenic Bikeway is quickly becoming a favorite in the entire of state Oregon – a place made for cycling. With a diverse landscape of ancient occurrences, beautiful ranch land, and wild & scenic rivers, it will surely become a favorite Eastern Oregon cycling secret for you too! Remember that throughout the region Two-Wheel is spoken here, and people are waiting to help you along your journey. What for the signs.
Oregon’s Rugged Country:
Umatilla River (Pendleton to Echo) This is an easy ride in terms of effort, but a great one for the scenery. From the rough-and-ready town of Pendleton, follow the meandering Umatilla River 23 miles to the historic town of Echo. The lightly traveled road winds along next to the river, affording views of water, wildlife and vegetation.
Pendleton to Elgin This route features an epic climb. After some early up-and-down and then a gorgeous stretch along the Umatilla River, it climbs up a perfect grade – find your gear, spin along and enjoy the scenery.
Pilot Rock This route gradually and gently ascends a total of only 700 feet, with one short stretch of 4% grade the steepest. This makes a great mid-length out-and-back of 30 miles, with the return pretty much all downhill.
Pendleton-Echo-Despain Gulch This ride takes the easy downhill along the Umatilla River from Pendleton to Echo and makes it a slightly more challenging loop ride back to Pendleton. Riding through the gulch offers a splendid sense of isolation.
Blue Mountain Century Scenic Bikeway The 108-mile Blue Mountain Century is one of Oregon’s Scenic Bikeways, a breathtakingly beautiful loop starting and ending in Heppner, a full-service community with secure places to leave your vehicle while you ride. New to the region is TREO Bike Tours, offering great advice, transportation, and a comfy bed & breakfast.
Ukiah to Heppner Loop This big ride features a broad expanse of terrain and vegetation types – and a lot of climbing. You’ll see everything from the bare hills around Heppner to the forests of the Blue Mountain Scenic Byway.
2006 Cycle Oregon Route: The Blue Mountains This route encompasses all that Cycle Oregon stands for: back roads, low vehicle traffic, small towns, unparalleled beauty.
Burns to Frenchglen If you like to experience isolation, wide-open panoramas and nature on a bike, this ride through southeastern Oregon’s “empty quarter” will make an impression.