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Hells Canyon Route

  • Length:
    146 miles
  • Difficulty:
    Extreme
  • Best Season(s):
    Spring to Fall
  • Nearby Cities:
    La Grande, Union, Cove
  • Region:
    Eastern Oregon
  • Attributes:
    Extended Climbs, River Views, Rollers, Rural

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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 east on Fruitdale Ln 0.5 miles (726 meters)
Turn left onto Leffel Rd 492 feet (150 meters)
Turn right on Fruitdale Ln 482 feet (147 meters)
Head east on Fruitdale Ln 0.2 miles (271 meters)
Continue east on Fruitdale Ln 1.4 miles (2176 meters)
Turn right on B St/N McAlister Rd 0.3 miles (530 meters)
Head south on B St/N McAlister Rd 1.2 miles (1899 meters)
Continue south on Buchanan Ln 1.8 miles (2841 meters)
Turn left onto Gekeler Ln 0.5 miles (801 meters)
Turn right on Pierce Rd 0.6 miles (932 meters)
Head south on Pierce Rd 1.6 miles (2568 meters)
Continue southeast on OR-203 S/La Grande-Baker Hwy 8.8 miles (14202 meters)
Turn right onto N 1st St 377 feet (115 meters)
Turn right onto W Bryan St 0.2 miles (297 meters)
Turn left onto N 5th St 0.5 miles (855 meters)
Turn left onto W Arch St/Union Railroad of Oregon 509 feet (155 meters)
Turn right onto S 3rd St 0.7 miles (1159 meters)
Turn right onto W Oregon St 0.6 miles (990 meters)
Continue southwest on OR-237 S 14.5 miles (23320 meters)
Continue onto River Ln 3.9 miles (6241 meters)
Continue south on Ellis Rd 0.7 miles (1182 meters)
Turn left onto Anthony Lake Hwy 1 miles (1651 meters)
Continue onto Anthony Lakes Hwy 3 miles (4818 meters)
Slight left onto Anthony Lake Hwy 0.2 miles (291 meters)
Continue south on Pocahontas Rd 1.7 miles (2755 meters)
Slight left to stay on Pocahontas Rd 14.3 miles (23023 meters)
Turn right on 10th St 413 feet (126 meters)
Head north on 10th St 0.9 miles (1522 meters)
Head northeast on Campbell St 1.8 miles (2819 meters)
Continue onto Atwood Rd 0.3 miles (516 meters)
Continue north on Atwood Rd 1.2 miles (1941 meters)
Continue east on OR-86 E/Baker-Copperfield Hwy 37 miles (59562 meters)
Turn right on Sass Rd 394 feet (120 meters)
Head north on Sass Rd 394 feet (120 meters)
Head north on OR-86 E 12.5 miles (20114 meters)
Continue northwest on Halfway Spur/S Main St 1.1 miles (1827 meters)
Turn right onto OR-414 E/E Record St
Continue to follow OR-414 E
0.9 miles (1449 meters)
Head east on OR-86 E 9.1 miles (14694 meters)
Turn left on N Pine Rd 1.3 miles (2058 meters)
Head north on N Pine Rd 6.7 miles (10857 meters)
Head north on NF-39/Wallowa Mountain Loop 11.3 miles (18209 meters)

Beginning in La Grande, the Hells Canyon route crosses varied terrain, through some of the most diverse and breathtaking scenery in the country, including the Grande Ronde Valley. It passes through the towns of La Grande and Union, then on into Baker City at the foothills of the Blue Mountains, to the serene communities of Richland and Halfway. Eventually, the route emerges into Hells Canyon and the Snake River, one of the most unique features of Oregon’s landscape, flowing between the Idaho and Oregon border. The route then retreats into the rugged terrain of the Wallowa Mountains and eventually passes through the beautifully quaint communities of Wallowa County, before making its return to Union County and eventually back to Riverside Park in La Grande. All the communities along the way offer complete services.

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