A Rugged Adventure on the Blue Mountain Century Scenic Bikeway
Scenic Bikeway Itinerary
In 2013, we at Ride Oregon partnered with Path Less Pedaled to create a series of short, inspirational videos featuring our Oregon Scenic Bikeways. For each video, we sent a small group of cyclists out to experience our Scenic Bikeways and the towns they pass through. Scenic Bikeways are more than just bike rides; these routes, suggested by local proponents, offer a chance to experience community and beauty all across Oregon.
The Blue Mountain Century Scenic Bikeway is a challenging route under Eastern Oregon’s big, blue sky. Out here, roads still disappear into the horizon, ranches still operate and wild western charm is alive and well. For most people, the 108-mile Blue Mountain Century isn’t the kind of century you complete in one day. Here’s how our Ride Oregon and Path Less Pedaled group approached the route:
The route begins and ends in the bike-friendly town of Heppner. Our team stayed overnight at the Northwestern Motel in downtown Heppner so they could get an early start.
From Heppner, follow the bikeway route southeast through beautiful valleys along Willow Creek, then climb through the Umatilla National Forest and enjoy a relaxing downhill into Ukiah.
A meal, a drink, and maybe a game of pool await you at the Thicket Café and Bar on Main Street. Afterward, restock your panniers and enjoy a delicious ice cream cone at Rhodes Supply. Retreat to the Antlers Inn, just a couple of blocks away, to get some shut-eye before tomorrow’s leg.
In the morning, head out on the second half of the bikeway. Today, your bike will meet gradual climbs and slow rollers as you travel north and west toward Heppner.
Enjoy a slow descent into Heppner for the last 10 miles of the Blue Mountain Century Scenic Bikeway. Take your time — watch the Blue Mountains fade into that big sky and listen as the wind whistles through your wheels.