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John Day Fossil Loop

  • Length:
    234.7 miles
  • Difficulty:
    Challenging
  • Best Season(s):
    Summer
  • Nearby Cities:
    Prineville, Redmond, Powell Butte, Mitchell, Ashwood
  • Region:
    Central Oregon, Eastern Oregon
  • Attributes:
    1 Day Rides, All Ages, Road

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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 west on SE 2nd St 328 feet (100 meters)
Turn right onto SE Knowledge St 0.2 miles (296 meters)
Turn right onto US-26 E/NE 3rd St/N Ochoco Hwy
Continue to follow US-26 E/N Ochoco Hwy
36.2 miles (58321 meters)
Turn right toward W Branch Rd 0.6 miles (1032 meters)
Turn left onto W Branch Rd 0.9 miles (1483 meters)
Slight right onto US-26 E/Ochoco Hwy 9.3 miles (14964 meters)
Continue east on E Main St 0.4 miles (709 meters)
Turn right 3.5 miles (5686 meters)
Turn left toward US-26 E/Ochoco Hwy 1.5 miles (2407 meters)
Turn right onto US-26 E/Ochoco Hwy 9.2 miles (14819 meters)
Turn left to stay on Antone Ln 18.3 miles (29379 meters)
Continue straight onto Co Rd 40 2.5 miles (4011 meters)
Continue onto Co Rd 40 0.6 miles (1030 meters)
Turn right onto US-26 E/John Day Hwy
Continue to follow US-26 E
35.7 miles (57466 meters)
Turn right onto SE Hillcrest Ave 0.3 miles (466 meters)
Continue north on SE Ica St 230 feet (70 meters)
Turn left onto SE Hillcrest Ave 0.3 miles (466 meters)
Turn left onto E Main St 0.1 miles (200 meters)
Turn right onto NE Dayton St 0.2 miles (331 meters)
Turn left onto NE 3rd Ave 0.2 miles (275 meters)
Turn right onto NW Bridge St 0.2 miles (343 meters)
Turn left onto NW 7th Ave 243 feet (74 meters)
Turn right onto NW Bridge St 0.3 miles (462 meters)
Turn right to stay on NW Bridge St 66 feet (20 meters)
Turn left onto NW Valleyview Dr 56 feet (17 meters)
Turn right 1.1 miles (1773 meters)
Slight left toward Co Rd 32 3.2 miles (5119 meters)
Slight right onto Co Rd 32 1.5 miles (2409 meters)
Turn right onto US-395 N 20.8 miles (33548 meters)
Turn left toward Co Rd 87 0.1 miles (201 meters)
Turn right toward Co Rd 87 0.2 miles (302 meters)
Turn right onto Co Rd 87 2.4 miles (3853 meters)
Turn right onto W Main St 0.4 miles (570 meters)
Turn right onto Eagle St 400 feet (122 meters)
Turn left onto 2nd St 0.1 miles (161 meters)
Turn right onto Hardisty 187 feet (57 meters)
Turn left on 3rd St 0.1 miles (175 meters)
Head west on 3rd St 315 feet (96 meters)
Turn left onto 2nd St 236 feet (72 meters)
Turn right onto US-395 N/Pendleton-John Day Hwy 397 feet (121 meters)
Turn left onto OR-402 W/W Main St
Continue to follow OR-402 W
2.7 miles (4393 meters)
Slight left toward Co Hwy 402/Kimberly-Long Creek Hwy 0.6 miles (930 meters)
Continue northwest on OR-402 W/Long Creek Kimberly Rd 17.5 miles (28239 meters)
Continue northwest on OR-402 W/Long Creek Kimberly Rd 14.2 miles (22791 meters)
Turn right onto OR-19 N/John Day Hwy 12.5 miles (20112 meters)
Turn left onto Thorn St 0.3 miles (465 meters)
Continue northeast on Cox Ave 0.3 miles (554 meters)
Turn right onto Thorn St 0.3 miles (465 meters)
Turn right onto Main St 0.3 miles (476 meters)
Continue onto Parrish Creek Rd/Parrish Creek-Waterman Flat Rd/Spray-Waterman 407 feet (124 meters)
Slight right onto Parish Cr Rd 0.3 miles (504 meters)
Continue onto Waterman Rd 25.7 miles (41385 meters)
Continue onto Badger Creek Rd 0.5 miles (862 meters)
Turn right onto US-26 W 7.9 miles (12673 meters)
Turn left onto Dollarhide Rd 0.6 miles (999 meters)

Scenic views of the John Day River, Fossil Beds and local agriculture. Varying tree lines, sunshine most of the year, great scenic route to watch river rafters, large game, eagles. Not a lot of traffic. Just enough stops between rides at small towns and scenic byways.

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