Halfway to Baker City
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On the road from Halfway to Baker City you can feel the history of the Oregon Trail and the settlers and native people who came this way centuries before us. This ride unwinds itself from the Wallowas into high desert sage brush and sunshine before ending in the historic section of Baker City.
This ride doesn’t have the climbing of some of the others in the region, but the views are just as magnificent as you pass working farms, follow Rich Creek, and have the option to climb a short and steep hill up to the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center (mile 46.4). Then it’s a quick run into Baker City, where there are many lodging options — but the historic Geiser Grand Hotel comes highly recommended. The hotel is a Bike Friendly Business and a true historic gem. Needless to say, you’ll probably want to reward yourself with libations from Barley Brown’s tasting room. Filling up some growlers with their beer will remind you of the great vistas and roads of Eastern Oregon when you get home.