Wallowa and Hells Canyon Tour
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Six days riding with seven nights lodging.
Meet Saturday, September 8, 7.30 p.m. welcome meeting.
Ride September 9 - 14, 2018
Depart Saturday, September 15, 2018.
Total cost: $1,160 member price ($1,185 non member price)
Non-refundable deposit: $290 member price ($315 non member price)
Single supplement: $530 (paid at registration)
Final payment of $870 due by Wednesday, July 11, 2018.
Explore the stunning beauty of Eastern Oregon, where cowboy country and wilderness meet the deepest canyon in the U.S. Bucolic back roads populated by cattle, miles and miles of wilderness roads with nary a car in sight, diverse and breathtaking landscapes, historical landmarks, and activities to complement the scenery. Be sure to bring walking shoes to enjoy the art and bronze works in Joseph, the hiking trails on Mt. Howard (after the tram ride!), the interpretive walk in Hells Canyon (after your jet boat ride!) and the Oregon Trail interpretive center. Bring your swimsuit for Wallowa Lake and of course your camera to capture it all!
What to expect
This tour provides the STANDARD Level of support as described on the Club Tours FAQ page.
This tour is rated Moderate. Tour mileage (320) and total elevation gain (21,000’) are appropriate for a moderate pace rider who is comfortable with significant climbing. The late season and many back roads will significantly reduce traffic, but riders should be aware that some of our mileage is on highways.
Mid-September sees highs in the high-70s and lows in the high 30s with a less than 10% chance of precipitation. Be prepared for warmer or colder weather, as well as rain, since Mother Nature is full of surprises. We will also be in Hell's Canyon, and traveling over 6,000' on another day, which may lead to dramatic changes in temperature and climate.
This tour will provide most breakfasts as well as all snacks, and lunch on riding days. Dinners are not covered. Restaurants are available at all of our overnight stops.
All lodging is above average, quite comfortable and clean.
Go Green! we encourage carpooling. The start point is approximately 380 miles from Seattle.
The mileage and elevation gain on all routes will be done on Ride with GPS. As such, you may find slightly different totals if you use a different program.
Saturday, September 8, Baker City
We meet the first night in Baker City, OR and get to know each other during our first meeting.
Day 1, Sunday, September 9
Baker City to La Grande - 64 miles, 2500'
Grasslands, desert landscapes, wooded hills, wide open valley floors – you get it all today! Sometimes the road is so desolate, it’s hard to imagine you are so close to civilization.
Day 2, Monday, September 10
La Grande to Enterprise - 72 miles, 3700'
We follow quiet highways and back roads, rolling hills and the Minam and Wallowa rivers. We quickly leave traffic behind as we roll through grasslands and mountain vistas touching down in three small towns along the way. You’ll get a nice 25 mile warm up before the only significant climb of the day and enjoy a great descent.
Day 3, Tuesday, September 11
Enterprise to Wallowa Lake, 14 miles, 950'
Today is your own! Just bring your bike lock and manage to check in at your lodging at Wallowa Lake by 4pm. Perhaps you would like a late breakfast and more time to check out Enterprise. Then, relax and enjoy this short 14 mile day with plenty to see along the way. We climb slowly out of Enterprise to Joseph, a great little town where you can admire several of the town foundry’s bronze sculptures displayed in public areas, or just enjoy window shopping in the many cute shops. Joseph is a great place for lunch, with restaurants, coffee shops, and brew pubs. Leaving Joseph, you follow the shoreline of Wallowa Lake to your overnight lodging. When you arrive, check out the state park with its swimming beach. And don’t forget to pick up your ticket for the tram ride. You’ll gain 3,700’ before you disembark to enjoy the views from miles of interpretive walks. If you haven’t had lunch, there is a grill and outside patio with amazing views!
Day 4, Wednesday, September 12
Joseph to Halfway, 76 miles, 5200'
This day is challenging, with three significant climbs and plenty of descending. Most of the day is spent on a forest road with virtually no traffic. Enjoy lunch at a scenic viewpoint where you will get your first look at Hell’s Canyon – our next day’s highlight. At road’s end, we rest our weary legs at a great B&B we take over for the next two nights.
Day 5, Thursday, September 13
40 - 80 miles, 1800' - 4700'
Day 5 offers mileage options, the hero option is an 80 mile round trip to Hell’s Canyon. Or you can choose to ride either to or from Hell’s Canyon taking the sag for the other leg. The day’s ride follows the Snake River through Hells Canyon to the end of the road where we treat you to a jet boat ride and an interpretive walk through an historic homestead site. We return to our B&B for one more night to enjoy the working ranch atmosphere around us.
Day 6, Friday, September 14
Halfway to Baker City, 53 miles, 4100'
The last day has climbs with wonderful vistas of rolling hills and fabulous descents on quiet roads. If the scenery were not enough, your treat toward the end of the day is the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, offering living history demonstrations, interpretive programs, exhibits, and more than four miles of interpretive trails. Yes, we’ll be there with your walking shoes! Feel free to spend time here, back in Baker City you can relax with one more night’s lodging, leaving you fresh to start your journey home the next morning wonderful memories that will bring us back again to this wonderful area.