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Beech Creek

  • Length:
    50.2 miles
  • Difficulty:
  • Best Season(s):
    Spring, Summer, Fall
  • Nearby Cities:
    John Day, Seneca, Canyon City, Mount Vernon, Prairie City
  • Region:
    Eastern Oregon
  • Attributes:
    Extended Climbs, River Views, Rural, Wildlife Views

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Start east on W Main St 0.6 miles (997 meters)
Head northeast on US-26 E/John Day Hwy 8.8 miles (14133 meters)
Continue north on Bear Creek Rd/Keeney Forks Rd 3.5 miles (5621 meters)
Head northwest on Keeney Forks Rd 6.2 miles (9913 meters)
Head southwest on E Beech Creek Rd/National Forest Development Rd 36 3.8 miles (6162 meters)
Continue west on E Beech Creek Rd/Co Rd 32/National Forest Development Rd 36 9 miles (14439 meters)
Head south on US-395 S/Co Hwy 28/Pendleton-John Day Hwy 1.8 miles (2894 meters)

Woe to ye who must endure Hwy 26 to get to where the route should begin—Bear Creek Rd., AKA County Hwy 18. Then, it’s a leisurely roll until one good, steep climb to the vista looking south toward the Strawberry Mountains. Next, uphill through the redneck woods where gunpowder is fired like a fireworks display. This should have been titled Magone, but I got lost and only give the route I took. I suspect the better way into Magone Lake takes off farther north of where I turned onto Beech Creek Rd./Hwy 32. It follows the creek, hard-pack gravel, easy coast down hill. Hwy 395 isn’t bad for traffic. But then, that Hwy 26 again with convoys of traffic… ruins the whole deal, sorry. Clyde Holiday state park is just east of Mt. Vernon.

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  1. Can’t wait to ride this tomorrow!

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