Railrider Cycling Joseph Branch
- Recreation (All)
Enjoy the unique experience of pedaling the inactive portion of the historic Joseph Branch Railway in Oregon’s beautiful Wallowa Valley. Nature enthusiasts, birders, cyclists, and rail fans are sure to relish the peace and tranquility of one of two tour options or perhaps both.
Snow-capped peaks form the backdrop as you pedal past green pastures and red barns, on a track that was once used to transport lumber, cattle, grain and passengers to La Grande and beyond. You will enjoy amazing views of the rugged Wallowa Mountains which are home to the Eagle Cap Wilderness, Oregon’s largest wilderness area. There are 3 options for you to choose, the first one is Joseph to Enterprise. Allow 2 hours for this adventure. From Joseph to the city of Enterprise and back, this trip is for those seeking a fun adventure.
The second option is Minam to Wallowa. Allow up to 6 hours for this adventure. From the confluence of the Minam and Wallowa Rivers at Minam to the city of Wallowa and back, this ride is for those seeking more peaceful time on the rails. The 26 mile round trip begins in in the timbered canyon. Following the tumbling waters of the Wallowa River upstream, it passes through meadows and stands of cottonwood, before entering the town of Wallowa. The grade is a gentle 1%. A guide will accompany you throughout your journey.
Our new option: RIVER RUN from Minam, a 4 hour round trip adventure. Start your 4 hour trip at the confluence of the Wallowa and Minam rivers. The turnaround is when you cross the bridge at Rondowa and return to your starting point.