A very long and scenic riverside trail along the Minam River. We don't have a lot of trails that follow a major river in this region, but this one hugs the river magnificently for many miles, all the way to the headwaters at Minam Lake (although here we are just featuring the trail to the footbridge at Red's Horse Ranch). The problem is that the trail isn't well maintained and it is a complete cluster to access.

The trail surface is in great shape and the brush isn't too thick either, it is just the trees across the trail that hamper progress. As a hike it won't be too bad, except... Read more

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Red's Horse Ranch Trail & Minam Lodge - Trail #1908

Season:
May-October
Total Elev. Loss:
-2,877 ft.
Distance:
7.5 miles
Total Elev. Gain:
633 ft.

The Minam Lodge is a private holding within the Eagle Cap Wilderness that has recently been renovated under new ownership. Red's Horse Ranch is a Forest Service owned ranch nearby, also outside of wilderness restrictions. The area is secluded with no roads leading to it. Both have an airstrip in front of them. The trail featured here is the quickest and most direct way to get there without a plane. It is a mostly downhill hike from Moss Springs Campground and trailhead. It gets frequent horsemen use so the trail is blown out and dusty at times. ...  
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South Fork Walla Walla River Trail

Season:
March-November
Total Elev. Loss:
-5,899 ft.
Distance:
18.84 miles
Total Elev. Gain:
2,909 ft.

One of the very few river-side mountain bike trails in the region, the South Fork Walla Walla provides a brutally awesome ride in rugged country. The trail offers up unique obstacles and some exposed riding atop short cliff walls over the river. The surface is certainly more unique and varied than the other fun trails in the Walla Walla River canyons...  
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Starkey Ukiah Road Bike Century Loop

Season:
N/A
Total Elev. Loss:
-8,245 ft.
Distance:
98.98 miles
Total Elev. Gain:
8,241 ft.

Not often can you ride a paved backcountry road with nearly no traffic that is almost spot-on a century distance. As a bonus, this hidden jewel of a loop is not far from La Grande but rarely done by anyone, on any vehicle. You will experience great views, challenging climbs, pristine meadows, streams, rivers, and older creepy men in mini-vans (these are basically scattered throughout the entire Elkhorn Mountains). The loop is best done clockwise. From Starkey you start a long gentle climb up the Grande Ronde River before the big climb of Chicken Hill hits...  
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