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Hart-Sheldon Hot Springs

  • Length:
    241.4 miles
  • Difficulty:
  • Best Season(s):
    Spring or Early Fall
  • Nearby Cities:
    Frenchglen, Ontario, Oxbow, Imnaha
  • Region:
    Eastern Oregon
  • Attributes:
    Dirt Road, Gravel Road, Mountain Views, Paved Road/Trail, River Views

Trailhead Elevation: 4198 ft

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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.

Starting in Frenchglen, this route loops through remote southeastern Oregon, linking up the Sheldon and Hart National Antelope Refuges. In addition to soaking in the Bog, Virgin Valley and Hart Mountain Hot Springs, highlights include camping on the playa of a dried-up, ancient lake bed, poking around historic ranches, climbing Hart Mountain and exploring the dramatic Thousand Creek Gorge.

This route is very committing, with no services anywhere along the route. There is also a very short window during the spring and fall when conditions are ideal. However, the rewards that await you at each new hot spring if you pull it off are unparalleled.

Please note: This route is made up of about 80 percent dirt and gravel roads, which become impassable for several days following any significant rainfall.

A sturdy bike with wide tires, preferably around 2 inches, is recommended for this route.

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  1. […] Explore Eastern Oregon’s remote expanses as you pass through the Hart Mountain and Sheldon National Antelope Refuges on the Hart-Sheldon Hot Springs route. There are no services available on this route, so you’ll have to pack everything you’ll need. View route […]

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