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Grande Tour Scenic Bikeway in Three Days (Leg 1)

  • Length:
    48 miles
  • Difficulty:
    Moderate
  • Nearby Cities:
    Union, La Grande, Cove
  • Region:
    Eastern Oregon
  • Attributes:
    1 Day Rides, Mountain Views, Rural, Wilderness

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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 tripcheck.com, 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 north on N Main St 0.6 miles (937 meters)
Turn right on OR-237 N/E Bryan St/N Cove St 105 feet (32 meters)
Head east on OR-237 N/E Bryan St/N Cove St 0.6 miles (1019 meters)
Head north on OR-237 N/Union Cove Hwy 7.9 miles (12773 meters)
Head north on OR-237 N/Cove Hwy 1.1 miles (1849 meters)
Head west on Lower Cove Rd 7.6 miles (12297 meters)
Head west on Market Ln 5.8 miles (9345 meters)
Continue south on OR-82 W/Wallowa Lake Hwy 1.7 miles (2777 meters)
Continue west on Booth Ln 3.1 miles (5007 meters)
Continue west on Mt Glen Rd/Mt Glenn Rd 289 feet (88 meters)
Continue south on Mt Glen Rd/Mt Glenn Rd 1.6 miles (2573 meters)
Head east on Fruitdale Ln 0.5 miles (811 meters)
Turn left onto Leffel Rd 492 feet (150 meters)
Turn right on Fruitdale Ln 0.1 miles (202 meters)
Head east on Fruitdale Ln 0.1 miles (215 meters)
Continue east on Fruitdale Ln 1.4 miles (2176 meters)
Turn right on S McAlister Rd 0.9 miles (1466 meters)
Continue south on S McAlister Rd 0.6 miles (963 meters)
Continue east on Buchanan Ln 1.8 miles (2846 meters)
Continue east on Gekeler Ln 0.5 miles (801 meters)
Turn right on Pierce Rd 0.3 miles (518 meters)
Head south on Pierce Rd 1.9 miles (2978 meters)
Continue southeast on OR-203 S 9.5 miles (15300 meters)

On day one of your Grande Tour Scenic Bikeway three-day split, you’ll ride from Union to La Grande via the Union-Cove segment of the Bikeway, and return to Union along the La Grande-Baker Highway. Stay the night in Union. To get started finding lodging accommodations and great places to eat and visit on your trip, check out this helpful list of bike-friendly businesses from the Visit Eastern Oregon blog.

View Leg 2 and Leg 3 of the Grande Tour Scenic Bikeway in Three Days

About the Grande Tour Scenic Bikeway

This 134-mile ride encompasses sections of the original Oregon Trail and takes riders near historic small-town communities in northeastern Oregon. Ride under a scented canopy of Ponderosa pine forests, past stunning views of the Blue Mountains and the Wallowa Mountains and across dramatic, sagebrush-covered rangelands near La Grande and Baker City.

The Grande Tour Scenic Bikeway is a great trip for riders of all skill levels as its roads are wide and have limited traffic. This Bikeway’s proximity to all types of services and amenities means riders can fashion a challenging non-stop ride or break the trip into leisurely segments.

Download a turn-by-turn cue sheet for this route: Grande Tour Cue Sheet
Download a detailed map of the overall route: Grande Tour Map
Download an inset map of La Grande: La Grande Inset Map
Download an inset map of Union: Union Inset Map

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