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Dan’s Creek – Reynolds Creek Backcountry (Bates)

  • Length:
    13.5 miles
  • Difficulty:
  • Best Season(s):
    Summer through early autumn
  • Nearby Cities:
    Bates, John Day, Unity, Canyon City, Prairie City
  • Region:
    Eastern Oregon
  • Attributes:
    Double-Track, Gravel Road, Moderately Technical, Mountain Views, Wildlife Views

Trailhead Elevation: 5168 ft


In Oregon, a bicycle is legally considered a vehicle, and the same Oregon road laws apply. Please “be seen” and practice safe riding. Vehicle traffic, farm equipment and narrow shoulders exist on many Oregon roads, and you may find that construction projects, traffic or other events may cause road conditions or signage to differ from the map results, ride descriptions and directions. For travel options plus weather and road conditions, visit, call 511 (in Oregon only), 800.977.6368 or 503.588.2941. Routes listed on this website are for informational purposes and intended as a reference guide only.


Dans Creek Road (USFS 306) junction with SR 26, 9.37 miles east of Prairie City and 0.29 miles east of Dixie Summit. This route can be “looped” from Prairie City by biking the distance (climbing) to the start point, then finishing by adding the long downhill distance (@10 miles) back to Prairie City. Probably not for persons uncomfortable navigating in backcountry. Complete description and maps at (click the “Bicycle” tab).

Splendid views gained of the John Day River Valley stretching west to the town of John Day and beyond, with the Strawberry Mountains seen as the valley’s southern barrier. Overall the ride is technically quite easy, presenting good road surface except in two places, only one of which requires careful maneuvering and braking for being both steep and rough (a nearly two mile stretch within the route’s last three miles). Keep in mind though that you’ll be on some sections that see almost no traffic due to difficult access. BE CAREFUL!


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Storie Mooser

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