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In the mid-19th century, the Blue Mountains were a formidable obstacle on the Oregon Trail. While pioneers traversed this formidable challenge on horseback, cyclists today can take on the challenge of the Oregon Trail on their metal and carbon steeds.
There are plenty of rollers and a two big hills with a total elevation gain of about 8,000 feet. The ride is perfect for riders looking for a physical challenge in a remote and beautiful setting.
Breathtaking views of the Blue Mountains, well-maintained roads and barely any vehicle traffic make this bikeway a cycling paradise.
The 108-mile Bikeway is a scenic loop starting and ending in Heppner, Oregon, a full service community. The route is rich in history. Heppner itself was founded by Irish immigrants in 1887. It follows the Blue Mountain Scenic Byway east through the Umatilla National Forest to Highway 395, climbing 3280 feet followed by an exhilarating downhill to Ukiah, Oregon. The route then heads north climbing through forest to rangeland to Highway 74 back to Heppner.
Much of the economy in the Blue Mountains is agricultural related, mostly wheat, with hillsides full of wheat waving in the breeze.
The area receives a significant amount of snow in the winter, making the bikeway inaccessible from late December through May, sometimes earlier depending on the season.
In spring The rolling hills match the green Irish spirit of the small town of Heppner and ripen to a golden glow throughout the late summer months. Mountain prairies offer a wide array of wildflowers, while the forest is augmented with color in the late summer as the Western Larch trees turn a golden yellow.
Save the Date: Blue Mountain Century Organized Ride is planned for September 20th and 21st 2014. Ride limited to 50 riders. Gourmet barbeque dinner and sag support provided. Hosted by the Heppner Chamber and local proponents.