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High Vista Traverse Loop

  • Length:
    25 miles
  • Difficulty:
  • Best Season(s):
    Summer through autumn
  • Nearby Cities:
    Prairie City, John Day, Canyon City, Mount Vernon, Bates
  • Region:
    Eastern Oregon
  • Attributes:
    Dirt Road, Gravel Road, Moderately Technical, Mountain Views, Wildlife Views

Trailhead Elevation: 3543 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.


Start in Prairie City or……get SAG lift up the 9+ mile climb to Dixie Summit on SR26, where from there the route takes off on USFR 096.This ride easily delivers the most bangs for the buck — “bangs” being scenic reward and “buck” being the amount of effort required. That is especially true if you “sag” the 9+ mile climb up US 26 to where FSDR 096 begins. The first several hundred yards is not a difficult climb but even at that it’s the steepest overall, beyond it the climb continues for another mile or so but at lesser grade. From there on the route is essentially level to downhill.


Unpaved road surfaces are, for the most part, very good as packed dirt and gravel, with only a few stretches where uneven surfaces and larger rock chunks require more careful maneuvering. However, at the 15.54 mile point where the route drops steeply, heavy rains have gullied that section severely, making necessary careful maneuvering. Be sure your breaks are in top notch condition.


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