Cycling in Baker County Oregon is a bicyclist’s paradise with three Oregon Scenic Byways, the Grande Tour Scenic Bikeway, boast of scenic back roads and great trails. There are also several great biking events, including the Baker City Cycling Classic and Anthony Lakes Mountain Bike Festival.
Baker City Cycling Classic
Baker County’s signature cycling event is the Baker City Cycling Classic a 3 day, 4-stage bicycle race in Baker City and the surrounding Elkhorn Mountains. The Baker City Cycling Classic is headquarted at Baker High School in Baker City, making for racer-friendly logistics. The scenic road stages are challenging and allow for strategic racing, but a no-time-cut policy means that newer riders can focus on finishing the spectator-friendly time trail and create an exciting atmosphere for participants, teams, and family. With quality fields from all over the Western US and Canada.
The third and final day features an epic climb through the Elk-horn Mountains to Anthony Lakes Ski Resort. This route serves as both the final stage of this four day race and as the Gran Fondo route for those looking to enjoy a challenging but noncompetitive ride.
Fr more information about the Baker City Cycling Classic including course routes and registration information visit their website at www.bakercitycyling.org
For those more interested in mountain biking, Baker County has a variety of mountain bike trails for riders of all skill levels with extensive trail systems at Phillips Lake, Anthony Lakes Ski Resort, and Virtue Flats. For more information including trail maps visit the Wallowa Whitman National Forest’s website at www.fs.usda.gov/detail/wallowa-whitman/recreation/bicycling/?cid=stelprdb5284120
Anthony Lakes Ski Area
Anthony Lakes Ski Area also hosts an annual mountain bike festival the First weekend in August. Riders can take the chairlift to the top of the mountain and ride down, test demo bikes, and enjoy live music at the end of the day of great riding.
For those wanting to explore the Wallowa’s and Elkhorn’s with the help of a guide Range Tour & Shuttle Co. offers mountain bike tours throughout the Wallowa – Whitman National Forest, including the Elkhorn Mountains, Phillips lake, Anthony Lakes, Blue mountain OHV trail system, Halfway/Fish Lake area, and Wallowa county Salk Creek Summit trials. For more information about specific tours or rides visit their website at www.rangetour.com
Those who prefer the open road, the Grande Tour Scenic Bikeway offers cycling opportunities for rides of every skill level. Serious cyclist looking for a challenging ride can ride the entire 134 mile “figure -8” route between Baker City and La Grande. Cyclists wanting a more leisurely trip can ride smaller sections of the Bikeway.
Riding the entire bikeway or just a portion, cyclists will be surrounded by Northeast Oregon’s stunning beauty. Riders have views of the Elkhorn Mountain Range, the Blue Mountains, and the Wallowa’s. For more information about the Grande Tour Scenic Bikeway visit www.oregon.gov/oprd/bike/pages/gtsb_main.aspx
Ride through the county in the open roads with little or no traffic with stunning views around every corner that you’re looking for. Cycling in Baker County is at the intersection of three Oregon Scenic Byways including the Elkhorn Scenic Byway, the Journey through Time Scenic Byway and Hells Canyon Scenic Byway. These three byways offer some of the best open road cycling opportunities in Oregon with minimal traffic and breathtaking views along the way. More casual cyclists can still ride the road and enjoy sweeping panoramic views along the many back country roads crisscrossing the Keating and Baker Valleys.
For more information about cycling in Baker County visit the Baker County visit the Baker County Tourism website at www.basecampbaker.com