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Union – North Powder – Catherine Creek

  • Length:
    71.4 miles
  • Difficulty:
  • Best Season(s):
    May to October
  • Nearby Cities:
    Union, Baker City, La Grande, Bridgeport, Hereford
  • Region:
    Eastern Oregon
  • Attributes:
    Extended Climbs, Rollers, Rural, 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, 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 southwest on OR-237 S/La Grande-Baker Hwy 7.6 miles (12203 meters)
Turn right on OR-237 N/La Grande-Baker Hwy 69 feet (21 meters)
Head east on OR-237 N/La Grande-Baker Hwy 69 feet (21 meters)
Turn right on OR-237 S 7.2 miles (11587 meters)
Head southwest on OR-237 S 1 miles (1591 meters)
Continue south on U.S. 30 E 12.8 miles (20585 meters)
Slight right to stay on Chandler Ln 4.3 miles (6922 meters)
Head east on OR-203 N/Medical Springs Hwy 11.6 miles (18637 meters)
Head northwest on OR-203 N/Medical Springs Hwy 26.8 miles (43184 meters)

A long, challenging ride through varied terrain with views of the Elkhorn and Wallowa Mountains. Portions of this route were included in the 1994 Cycle Oregon tour and are popular for regional bike competitions.

Difficulty: Difficult, due to length and several climbs of 400-600 feet each.

Distance/Time: 73 miles (7 hours) beginning in Union, or 106 miles beginning in La Grande.

Route Surface/Traffic: Asphalt and concrete paving, with light to moderate traffic. Some parts of the route have been signed for bikes.

Water and Food: Union, Pondosa, North Powder & Haines. Seasonal water at Catherine Creek Picnic Areas.

Watch For: Deer, other wildlife and historical markers near roadway.

Hazards: Log trucks between Union, North Powder, Pondosa and Haines. Portions of the route do not have paved shoulders and riders must use road.

Click here for directions and a mile-by-mile route description.


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