Blue Mountain Century Scenic Bikeway
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Official Maps and Cue Sheet from Oregon Parks and Recreation
Download a turn-by-turn cue sheet: Blue Mountain Century Cue Sheet
Download a detailed map of the entire route: Blue Mountain Century Route Map
Download an inset map of the start/finish in Heppner: Blue Mountain Heppner Inset Map
In the middle of the 19th century, the Blue Mountains were a formidable obstacle on the Oregon Trail – often the last mountain range American pioneers had to cross before reaching southeast Washington or passing down the Columbia River Gorge to the end of the Oregon Trail in the Willamette Valley. The range is located in the high, dry and much less traveled country of northeast Oregon.
While pioneers traversed this challenge on horseback, cyclists today can take on the Oregon Trail on their metal and carbon-fiber steeds. Besides the breathtaking views of the Blue Mountains, the well-maintained roads with barely any vehicle traffic make this bikeway a cycling paradise.
The 108-mile Blue Mountain Century Scenic Bikeway is a breathtakingly beautiful loop that starts and ends in Heppner, a full-service community with secure places to leave your vehicle while you ride.
The route is rich in history — Heppner was founded by Irish immigrants in 1887 — and initially follows the Blue Mountain Scenic Byway, rolling through valleys before climbing east through the Umatilla National Forest and then offering a thrill-ride descent to Highway 395, near Ukiah. There the route turns north, transitioning from forest to rangeland before heading west along Highway 74 through more of Eastern Oregon’s rolling hills and back to Heppner.
This route offers plenty of climbing — the top of the Umatilla Forest section is more than 3,000 feet above Heppner. But take your time and enjoy the ride, because you’ll have plenty to look at.
This ride can be accomplished in one day by more advanced cyclists, or in two days for those who like to stop and smell the sagebrush, with nice camping options in or near Ukiah.
Motorized Vehicle Traffic: Low, except for Highway 395, which is busier with a minimal shoulder at best
Seasons: Late spring to fall
Order a free copy of the Oregon Scenic Bikeways travel guide, which details the nine official Oregon Scenic Bikeways as of August 2012.
Important Traffic Information: Scenic Bikeway routes often include roads with car and truck traffic. Although the Bikeways are routed on low-traffic and low-speed roads whenever possible, most are designated for cyclists that are comfortable riding in some amount of traffic. For traffic-free riding, please check out the Tualatin Valley Scenic Bikeway section north of Banks and the first half of the Covered Bridges Scenic Bikeway.