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Grande Tour Scenic Bikeway

Scenic Bikeway

  • Length:
    134.5 miles
  • Difficulty:
    Moderate
  • Origin:
    La Grande
  • Attributes:
    All Ages, Mountain Views, Road, Urban/Rural Mix, 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 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.

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Route Description

Your wheels will sing under the big sky as miles of remote open road beckon and your cares melt away on the Grande Tour Scenic Bikeway. Relax, inhale the fragrant sage and crank on through beautiful northeastern Oregon! Adventure cyclists seeking a challenging ride can tackle the entire 134-mile figure-8 route. Cyclists wanting a more leisurely trip can divide their ride into segments of the route.

This Scenic Bikeway covers some of the route traveled by pioneers on the Oregon Trail. Be a pioneer yourself as you discover the clear streams and serene farmlands, scented canopy of Ponderosa pine forests, towering windmills and sweeping sagebrush rangelands of beautiful Eastern Oregon.

While you’re in the Oregon outback, watch for elk, bald eagles and pronghorn antelope as you take in stunning mountain views of the Elkhorn Range, the Blue Mountains and the Eagle Caps of the Wallowa Mountains. In the flatlands, you’ll enjoy pastoral views of cows and horses grazing. Stop and explore a pioneer cemetery or visit a world-famous bronze foundry. Reconnect with your soul.

This 134-mile ride takes riders near historic small-town communities in northeastern Oregon. It’s 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.

Your ride begins at Riverside Park in La Grande, population 13,000, with restaurants, motels, a bicycle shop and grocery stores. The halfway point of the route is historic Baker City, where you can refresh and spend a relaxing night enjoying excellent dining and accommodations, stop by the local bicycle shop or an award-winning microbrew.

Go home energized, renewed and ready to face your “other” life until your next cycling adventure!

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Order a free copy of the Oregon Scenic Bikeways guide and start exploring the best routes that Oregon has to offer — all from the seat of a bike.

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.

Did you know that the Wallowas are one of the 7 Wonders of Oregon? See one – or better yet, see them all.

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Comments

  1. Here’s a nice article about the Grande Tour Scenic Bikeway:

    http://www.friends.org/about/profiles/cycling-eastern-oregon

  2. sounds like a great tour!

  3. Recently rode the Grande Tour—it was wonderful. The scenery and air refreshed from the recent thunder shower. Dramatic scenery for sure.

  4. Here’s a short video of part of the Grande Tour between Baker City and Medical Springs:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qIgn1FdRZ3Q&feature=c4-overview&list=UU9APyQYJnUbgH5887kBLiPQ

  5. This tour is wonderful opportunity to enjoy the magnificent splendor of NE Oregon. In particular, is the very beautiful and quaint community of Union, Oregon. Offering riders and guests a splendid opportunity to relax, enjoy, and take a break in one of Oregon’s very historic towns.

  6. Just completed this amazing ride with dramatic views. Recommend you stay 2 nights at the historic Union Hotel. The 1st day ride the La Grande loop with a sack lunch from the hotel. Stop along Market at the picnic table under the tree with a turnstile gate for lunch. Also enjoy the best milkshake at the Cove Drive In. The next day with another sack lunch ride to Baker City along Catherine Creek and stop at the picnic tables at Pondosa Store for lunch. Stay at the Geiser Grand Hotel. Head back through North Powder stopping at the North Powder Cafe for lunch. Can’t wait to return!

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