Grande Ronde Valley
If historic architecture, quiet roads, and scenic views are “your thing”, this ride is for you!
It is a mixed surface route starting and ending at the Grande Hot Springs RV Resort outside La Grande, OR. The longest gravel sector (High Valley Road) is particularly scenic as it climbs above the valley offering great views. But … the descent on High Valley Road is quite steep and can be loose, thick gravel.
Be sure to do a quick spin through the town of Cove, at ~ mile 20. “Cove is on the valley’s eastern slope, nestled between the Wallowa Mountains and adjacent ridges. Cove’s name comes from the niche created by the base of Mt. Fanny, Mill Creek, and the ridges to the south. The views are stunning, the sunsets are beautiful, and the soil rich.”
The Dirty Freehub Team has not ridden this route, thus the Training Route designation.
Ride description and pictures are by AlexA, a Bend friend of ours, he has ridden the route and made the recommendation to us.
Adventure / Gravel Route
– Loop: 32 miles / 1400 ft gain
– Surface: ~ 60% gravel, 40% paved
– eBike Friendly: Yes
– Location: La Grande, Oregon
– Published: July 2019
Easier+. There is one steeper downhill that begins at mile 16 and goes to mile 18.
Red = paved road
Brown = gravel / dirt road
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