Gold Rush Bike Route

A scene from Goldrush Bikeway by Joe Kresse

Starting where the Oregon Trail crosses the Grande Ronde River, the Gold Rush Bike Route heads uphill through the Tony Vey Meadow and west and south over the most rugged portion of the Blue Mountains offered by paved road in northeast Oregon. Scenic forests and mountain grandeur abound on this route. Visit the gold rush town of Granite, see the Sumpter gold dredge and finally arrive in Baker City, home of the biggest gold nugget in the state of Oregon. This is a remote route with few services; bikers should be well prepared for this route due to the sparse services along the way. There are many accessible mountain streams along the way; so, a water filter can be very handy. Pack plenty of snacks and food; services are limited. This route contains numerous steep grades.

Download map HERE               Gold Rush Turn Sheet

One Response to Gold Rush Bike Route

  1. tdavis says:

    Just finished this route. Me and a buddy went lightly packed, and made it a 3 day adventure on mtn bikes. Its a tough route, but the scenery and solitude are magnificent. Carry what you need cuz getting things on this road is sparse. Plus, so I was told by a local, that not only did the USFS remove one of the spicket pipes outside of Granite (provided fresh spring water ), they are being removed throughout the forest? So a filter is a good idea. Truly awesome route! One of our great local treasures!

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