Minam Rim Gravel Ride - Elgin & Cove, Oregon


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Distance:
37.48 miles (60.32 km)
Season:
July-October

Total Elev. Gain:
4,871 ft. (1485 m)
Total Elev. Loss:
-4,789 ft. (-1460 m)

Max Altitude:
6,959 ft. (2121 m)
Min Altitude:
3,249 ft. (990 m)
by Brian Sather — Posted Fri, Jul 28, 2017
A nice scenic and long trip that travels near the wilderness line for much of the way. Unfortunately, the road doesn't give you many views directly into the Minam, but all you have to do is get off your bike and walk up to the edge because you'll usually be close to the top of the ridge that overlooks the canyons of the Minam River drainage. The climb from the highway near Elgin is very gradual with a really good gravel surface. The route is pretty straightforward, as you stay on the main traveled road until one tricky junction just after Rock Springs where there is a left to go to Point Prominence and the signage hasn't always been good there. Once you're on that you stay on the main road all the way to Moss Springs and then head down to Cove. After the Point Prominence turnoff the road gets really rocky and then rutty and dirty. Some of the sections from there to Moss Springs might be better on a mountain bike. You undulate along the high points of the ride for several miles before a rough plunge down to Moss Springs where the road improves on your descent to Cove. There are a lot of side attractions and detours, including some ATV trail if someone wanted to make this part of a bike-packing trip.

Near the high point of the ride.
Pt. Prominence Lookout tower is a short side-trip.
Looking into the Minam.
Rock Springs has a primitive trailhead.