Explore Oregon’s “big sky country” on this scenic and remote ride. This is a century ride with moderate climbs and descents, little traffic, and big views. The longest climb comes in the beginning of the ride, mile 0 to 27. Descending from Franklin summit (mile 91) is really fun – big views, serpentine turns with good sight lines, and little braking required. Fun!
We like this ride best as a one-day century starting in Heppner, OR. However, it can be done as a two-day ride, supported or unsupported. Read more here.
If you can, ride this on a weekday, you will have less traffic. Also, the route is very exposed to wind and sun. Pick the right day for this adventure!
This ride is part of the Ride Oregon Ride series. They did the initial mapping and documentation of the route. Our ride description is meant to supplement their work.
– Loop: 111 miles / 8300 ft gain
– Location: Heppner, Oregon
– Date Posted: September 2017
– Terrain: Big, rolling terrain with moderate grades of 5% or less (with one short exception of one mile on the way to Ukiah, where it is 6 to 8%)
– Pavement: Mostly county and state roads. Light to moderate chip seal, some smoother sections.
– Traffic: Little to moderate (on highway 395).
Heppner city park on Main Street.
**Food / Water
Ukia (mile 47) for food and water. Cutsforth park (mile 21) and Battle Mountain park (mile 59) for water only.
**GPX Track File
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