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Evans Creek/Wimer Loop

  • Length:
    47.9 miles
  • Difficulty:
    Challenging
  • Nearby Cities:
    Gold Hill, Rogue River
  • Region:
    Southern Oregon
  • Attributes:
    River Views, Rural, Small Hills

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Start north on Dardanelles St 187 feet (57 meters)
Head northeast on OR-234 E/Sams Valley Hwy 4.8 miles (7742 meters)
Turn left onto Ramsey Rd 1 miles (1642 meters)
Turn right onto Old Sams Valley Rd/Sams Valley Rd 2.2 miles (3473 meters)
Turn left onto Perry Rd 2.2 miles (3601 meters)
Turn right onto Dodge Rd 0.4 miles (687 meters)
Turn left onto Meadows Rd 5.8 miles (9377 meters)
Turn right to stay on Meadows Rd 0.4 miles (652 meters)
Head south on E Evans Creek Rd 14.7 miles (23611 meters)
Turn left to stay on E Evans Creek Rd 6.8 miles (11013 meters)
Continue onto Pine St 0.7 miles (1150 meters)
Turn right onto Depot St 417 feet (127 meters)
Turn right onto Valley of the Rogue State Pr 3.7 miles (6002 meters)
Continue onto Twin Bridges Rd 0.1 miles (233 meters)
Continue east on N River Rd 2.8 miles (4438 meters)
Continue onto OR-234 E/2nd Ave 2 miles (3268 meters)

This 50-mile loop is a great way to get off of the busy roads of the Rogue Valley and take mini-break from civilization without significant climbing. Regardless of direction, you’ll have one long but gradual climb and descent, with the majority of the ride on flat terrain with minor rollers. If ridden counter-clockwise, your only significant climb is Meadows Road, which at 3 miles and just over a 3% average grade is a fast climb. From there, it’s a 20-mile descent into Rogue River with more than a few little rollers. The north end of the ride from Sams Valley to Rogue River is transitions from the flatlands north of the Table Rocks to the narrow gorge of Evans Creek and the lush farmland between Wimer and Rogue River. The south end of the ride directly follows the Rogue River for 15 miles.

About This Ride:
If starting in Gold Hill as club rides frequently do, you’ll head north on 234 for several miles before hitting Meadows and the only climb of the day. Take a left at East Evans Creek Road and follow it to Wimer. Once in Wimer, you can take East Evans or West Evans Creek road – East Evans is shorter but has more traffic; West Evans has less traffic, a few more rollers and is generally a more scenic stretch of road. From Rogue River, the ride would normally follow N. River Road back to 234 and Gold Hill, but nothing says you can’t cross the river and take 99 back to the start.

Directions:
The Gold Hill Library on 4th St. is a central location and a common start for the ride. The 50-mile loop can easily be done starting anywhere in the valley by taking Table Rock Road to Sams Valley. The Table Rock Road Race in the spring uses part of this course and starts at Sams Valley Elementary School on Table Rock Road, near Meadows.

Motorized Vehicle Traffic: Light to moderate

Seasons: All

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