LENGTH 174 Miles | DIFFICULTY Challenging | 100% Paved

Nearby cities: John Day, La Grande, Union, Baker City, North Powder, Cove

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Oregon’s Old West Scenic Bikeway starts at Kam Wah Chung State Heritage Site in John Day and passes through the communities of Prairie City, Long Creek, Monument, Dayville and Mt Vernon before returning to John Day. This two- to three-day route offers a cornucopia of terrain and scenery, from rushing rivers to hot springs to fossil beds – and some attention-getting climbs.

The Old West Scenic Bikeway offers a rich combination of ponderosa-pine forests, scenic rivers, abundant wildlife, fossil geology and sunny climate. A vast majority of the route is in Grant County on minimally used roads.

The Bikeway starts at the Kam Wah Chung State Heritage Site in John Day – the biggest town on the route. After passing through picturesque Prairie City the route ascends past the Conestoga Wagon Viewpoint to the highest point on the route at Austin Summit. A 6-mile downhill takes cyclists to Austin Junction and onto truly rural backroads passing Bates State Park and following the Middle Fork John Day River past the historic mining community of Galena.

After a short section on low-traffic Hwy 395 to Long Creek, the bikeway again follows a quiet, rural road through the tiny, unincorporated of Hamilton, through Monument, and along the North Fork John Day River to Kimberly where it reconnects with Hwy 26.

The final 56 miles of the route follow the John Day River through the Sheep Rock Unit of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument and the historic Cant Ranch and Thomas Condon Paleontology Center. After passing through Picture Gorge with its pictographs, the route continues through the communities of Dayville and Mt. Vernon, past Clyde Holliday State Park, and back to John Day.

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Information about road conditions from Oregon Department of Transportation’s TripCheck.