Oregon, Idaho, USA

Bend to Boise Epic

DURATION

9 Days

PRICE

$3,698

LEVEL

Advanced

DAILY DISTANCE

60-105 Miles

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES

Cycling (bikes included)

INCLUDED MEALS

All breakfasts. One lunch and one dinner on your own.

Discover and explore what we ultimately strive for in a cycling vacation–which is to simply “Pedal Happy”.

Spin an epic route – not for the faint of leg – through miles of incredible scenery. And what better place to meet than in the athlete-and-brewpub mecca of Bend, Oregon? Start pedaling in the otherworldly region of the Painted Hills and John Day Fossil Beds. Enjoy a century ride on the “Old West Scenic Bikeway”. Tackle the peaks, pine-forests and valleys of the Strawberry Mountain Wilderness. Relax, or go for another great ride, at Wallowa Lake. Ride Oregon’s famously quiet, smooth, bike-friendly roads through Eagle Cap Wilderness and the high pastures of central Idaho. Top it all off with a ride into Hells Canyon … and return home to tell the tale – wow!

Day 1

Cycle from the Painted Hills to the John Day River.

Meals

– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Monument Motel

Ability Level

Advanced

Distance

83 miles

Elevation

+5,040 ft / -5,773 ft

What better way to start than with a ride to one of the Seven Wonders of Oregon! View millions of years of geological history – one gloriously colored layer atop another – in the Painted Hills. From there head up and over a pass (or is it three passes?) to meet the John Day River, the longest undammed river in Oregon and host to one of the few remaining wild fish runs in the entire Pacific Northwest. Continue upriver to the Monument Motel in the tiny town of Monument (pop: 128), one of the only accommodations in this remote region.

Day 2

Monument to Prairie City.

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Hotel Prairie

Ability Level

Advanced

Distance

72 miles

Elevation

+5,790 ft / -4,294 ft

Warm up riding through bright green orchards and idyllic ranches bordering the John Day River. At valley’s end, begin climbing on twisty roads. The scenery is quickly transformed into colorful rocks and soils filled with carefully stored fossils. Pass through ghost towns and beautiful open forests of juniper and ponderosa pine until you cross Long Creek Mountain Summit and hit the long descent into the town of John Day. Savor beautiful views of the Strawberry Mountain Wilderness on the horizon as you cruise into Prairie City (pop. 878). Stay at the historic Hotel Prairie.

Day 3

A century ride on the "Old West Scenic Bikeway."

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Hotel Prairie

Ability Level

Advanced

Distance

105 miles

Elevation

+7,270 ft / -7,267 ft

No need to pack your bags. Just grab your trusty steed and head out the door. There is a lot to see and a lot to ride hereabouts. Today, we cycle a century loop from Prairie City on the eastern portion of what Travel Oregon has dubbed the “Old West Scenic Bikeway”. Enjoy some of the quietest, lowest traffic, paved roads anywhere on this mountainous loop with a pair of mile-high-summits and great views both local and up-close. Rivers, forests, wildlife, and big skies abound! Stay a second night in Prairie City.

Day 4

A trifecta of mountain passes pave the way to Baker City.

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Geiser Grand Hotel

Ability Level

Advanced

Distance

67 miles

Elevation

+4,603 ft / -4,712 ft

Pack your bags – we are on the move again. Pedal over three passes in the southern part of the Blue Mountains region. Pass through quiet places and (mostly) deserted towns. Peaceful is the word of the day. The scenery is as spectacular as the cycling is challenging. On the other side of the mountains, enjoy a long leisurely descent into the beautiful town of Baker City. You earned it! Rest up at the Geiser Grand Hotel.

Day 5

Massive peaks beckon us to Wallowa Lake.

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Wallowa Lake Lodge

Ability Level

Advanced

Distance

60 miles

Elevation

+3792 ft / -2004 ft

Begin today with a shuttle through some of the more populated areas hereabouts. Ride beside the Wallowa River as it twists along beside the northern Wallowa Mountains of northeastern Oregon’s Columbia Plateau. Closer to today’s destination, the roads open out into farmland with tiny glimpses of Eagle Cap Peak. Come around a corner, and – boom! – you are suddenly face to face with Wallowa Lake and the Eagle Cap Wilderness. Thirty peaks topping out at over 8000 feet tower over a majestic lake. Stop for a photo, or maybe a dozen. Ride the lakeshore to tonight’s lodging at Wallowa Lake Lodge. Watch for deer and eagles. Spend the next two nights enjoying spectacular views of the mountains and the tall pines.

Day 6

Wallowa Lake layover day.

Meals

– Breakfast

Wallowa Lake Lodge

Ability Level

BADV_AbilityLevel_IconsIntermediate

Distance

Layover Option Route: 71 miles

Elevation

Layover Option Route: +3,671 ft / -3,671 ft

Take today off. (This place is too good to miss.) Ride the Wallowa Lake Tramway – a terrific way to ascend 3,700 feet! Swim, hike, or rent a canoe or paddleboard. Head over to the art-rich town of Joseph to shop, visit museums or the chocolate factory. Check out one of the several breweries. Or spend the day in peace by the lodge watching the deer on the lawn. Not enough biking yet? There are two very good options for rides: a mountain bike ride from the tramway down or a road ride to Imnaha with a 30-mile descent… followed by a 30-mile climb. Lunch and dinner are on your own today.

Day 7

Hells Canyon Overlook

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Pine Valley Lodge

Ability Level

Advanced

Distance

83 miles

Elevation

+5,819 ft / -7,626 ft

Ride from Joseph into the Hells Canyon Wilderness today. Non-stop views accompany us as we climb the high Wallowa Mountain Loop / Hells Canyon Scenic Byway to the Hells Canyon Overlook. Peer down the deepest river gorge in North America. Try not to get dizzy as you snap a few incredible photos. Tomorrow we head into the canyon itself. For now, pedal on to Halfway, Oregon and spend the next two nights at Pine Valley Lodge.

Day 8

Ride to hell ... and back!

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Pine Valley Lodge

Ability Level

Advanced

Distance

63 miles

Elevation

+3,494 ft / -4,427 ft

Today is utter hell … Hells Canyon, that is! Leave Halfway and pedal (or coast) all the way down to the Snake River. Savor a ride along the banks of the river into a rugged and remote location of Hells Canyon. Continue beyond the dam to the Visitors Center to see what the natural flow of the river looked like before the dam. Wild! This stretch of road is so quiet and free of traffic you will have plenty of time to reflect on the past week. Who knew eastern Oregon was so magnificent! Return to the Pine Valley Lodge in Halfway for a dinner celebration. Now you can truly say you have been to Hell and back!

Day 9

Cross the Snake River and enter Idaho.

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch

Ability Level

Advanced

Distance

57 miles

Elevation

+3,744 ft / -3,711 ft

Enjoy another cruise back downhill to the Snake River this morning. Cross over into Idaho and cycle south along the river (now a lake) above the Oxbow Dam. Climb out of the gorge through aromatic sage and grasslands all the way up to the pines before coasting the final 15 miles downhill to the quaint little town of Cambridge. Following a celebratory lunch, we will load up and shuttle to Boise.

Dates
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Single Supplement
Price
$994
As an optional extra, a person traveling solo or on any inn-to-inn trip may reserve a room for his or her exclusive use. This will guarantee you a private room and private bath every night.
Dates
June 9, 2022
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This means that the tour will definitely depart as scheduled and not be canceled.
Price
$3,698
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