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Grande Ronde Valley Loop

  • Length:
    41.5 miles
  • Difficulty:
  • Best Season(s):
    April to October
  • Nearby Cities:
    La Grande, Baker City, Union, Milton Freewater, Hereford
  • Region:
    Eastern Oregon
  • Attributes:
    River Views, Rural, Wildlife Views

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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.

Start east on OR-82 E/Wallowa Lake Hwy 4.4 miles (7063 meters)
Continue east on Lower Cove Rd 6 miles (9653 meters)
Head south on Lower Cove Rd 5.4 miles (8662 meters)
Continue southeast on Lower Cove Rd 2.1 miles (3412 meters)
Continue south on Jasper St 0.7 miles (1150 meters)
Continue south on Jasper St 0.4 miles (693 meters)
Continue west on OR-237 S/Union Cove Hwy 1 miles (1680 meters)
Head west on OR-237 S/Union Cove Hwy 7.2 miles (11522 meters)
Head south on N Cove St 0.1 miles (225 meters)
Turn right onto E Bryan St 0.2 miles (397 meters)
Turn right on OR-203 N/La Grande-Baker Hwy 0.8 miles (1338 meters)
Continue northwest on OR-203 N/La Grande-Baker Hwy 10.1 miles (16254 meters)

A gentle, scenic ride through Grande Ronde Valley farmlands with stops in Cove and Union. Pastoral views of the valley and the winding Grande Ronde River. Optional short cut.

Difficulty: Moderate, mostly flat terrain. Excellent introduction to longer rides.

Distance/Time: 42.5 miles and 3 to 5 hours or with shortcut 33.2 miles and 2.5 to 3 hours.

Route Surface/Traffic: Paved roads through farm land are narrow but have light traffic; more traveled highways have wide shoulders. Some roads signed for bikes.

Water: Potable water in Island City, Cove and Union.

Watch For: Fields of grass seed, canola, grain, mint and hay. Wildlife around sloughs and the Grande Ronde River. On Union return option, Ladd Marsh View Point and Hot Lake.

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