Old Oregon Trail

Pendleton, Oregon

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You’re on a high-forest plateau; soon start a downward cruise with some curves. But stay in your lane—for some reason all the nasty pavement patchwork is just on the other side of the center line. Do a little dance across the freeway before Meacham, which tops Kamela by actually having a store—but then again, Main Street here is gravel. After another freeway crossing, Emigrant Springs State Park on the left is a cool oasis; it has all the amenities, including the comfort of porcelain flush toilets. Then cross the freeway again; when you come to a viewpoint turnoff, consider walking the steep gravel road (it’s only 0.1 mile) for a splendid view of a deep canyon extending far away, with side drainages forming stripes of trees amid the grassy slopes.
75 Classic Rides Oregon

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75 Classic Rides Oregon

by Jim Moore (The Mountaineers Books)

You’re on a high-forest plateau; soon start a downward cruise with some curves. But stay in your lane—for some reason all the nasty pavement patchwork is just on the other side of the center line. Do a little dance across the freeway before Meacham, which tops Kamela by actually having a store—but then again, Main Street here is gravel.

After another freeway crossing, Emigrant Springs State Park on the left is a cool oasis; it has all the amenities, including the comfort of porcelain flush toilets. Then cross the freeway again; when you come to a viewpoint turnoff, consider walking the steep gravel road (it’s only 0.1 mile) for a splendid view of a deep canyon extending far away, with side drainages forming stripes of trees amid the grassy slopes.

© 2012 Jim Moore /The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Road Biking
Nearby City: Pendleton
Distance: 42.0
Elevation Gain: 1,266 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Riding Time: 2.5-4 hours
Season: Spring-fall
Driving Directions: Directions to Old Oregon Trail

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