A 130-mile paved route from the Columbia River grasslands into the forested Blue Mountains. For the first sixty miles, you’re likely to wonder why this route has been designated a Forest Service Scenic Byway. The only trees are stands of poplars planted as windbreaks, oaks by creek banks, and a few isolated junipers on distant hillsides.
Meanwhile, you’ll travel through wheat fields, grasslands, sagebrush, lava outcroppings, small cattle and sheep farms, and scattered settlements of a few hundred people. This segment is relatively flat and winding. A creek and railroad tracks meander a few feet from the road, which stays in a valley between rolling hills and distant mountains. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.
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