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I'm planning this year's big trip and need some input from the folk who know Easter Oregon. I'm overnighting in the Pendleton/La Grande/Baker City area and heading up to northern Idaho. One route I'm looking at starts at Baker City and takes OR-86 East to do the Wallowa Mountain Loop, but there's where it gets wonky on me.

The route goes like this: OR-86 to Pine Road to NF-39 to...National Forest Development Road??? Really?

I'd like to know if Pine Road, NF-39, and NFDR are "real" roads or if they turn to dirt halfway up the mountain (which it seems like a lot of roads I start to explore end up being) making me double back and waste time.

The fly-through on Google Earth looks awesome, so I'm hoping I can pull the trigger on this segment!

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Here's the route if anyone knows the area...

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Never been to Baker Cuty but have spend some time in eastern Oregon......where will you be the night before Baker Cuty? ie what's the route taken to get to that point

Are you going to hit up the painted hills while in Oregon?

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Eugene, OR...coming up 101 from Eureka, CA to Eugene, then around Mt. Hood and heading east to the Pendleton/Baker City area.

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Route 39 is a good road the south end of it is a little rough but not too bad, not bad enough to detour a bunch of BMW carsand Miatas the last time I went over it. I would highly recommend it if your in that area. Any time I get to ride Eastern Oregon I jump on it lot's of great riding there.


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I'm planning this year's big trip and need some input from the folk who know Easter Oregon. I'm overnighting in the Pendleton/La Grande/Baker City area and heading up to northern Idaho. One route I'm looking at starts at Baker City and takes OR-86 East to do the Wallowa Mountain Loop, but there's where it gets wonky on me.

The route goes like this: OR-86 to Pine Road to NF-39 to...National Forest Development Road??? Really?

I'd like to know if Pine Road, NF-39, and NFDR are "real" roads or if they turn to dirt halfway up the mountain (which it seems like a lot of roads I start to explore end up being) making me double back and waste time.

The fly-through on Google Earth looks awesome, so I'm hoping I can pull the trigger on this segment!
Are you going to Baker City for the Hells Canyon Run in July? I'm going for the first time this year. I've heard a lot of good things from friends who've done the HCR before.

A suggestion: Hiway 38 between Reedsport and Drain (on I-5) is a really nice road. It follows the Umpqua River and has very little traffic - beautiful scenery and lots of curves. You'll meet I-5 about 25-30 miles south of Eugene.

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Cutting thru Hells canyons? The Home Bar in n. id is nice, can camp there.
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Looks like you have another great epic adventure planed .

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Are you going to Baker City for the Hells Canyon Run in July? I'm going for the first time this year. I've heard a lot of good things from friends who've done the HCR before..
I'll be in Ory-gone around 06/30. Maybe another time for me.

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A suggestion: Hiway 38 between Reedsport and Drain (on I-5) is a really nice road. It follows the Umpqua River and has very little traffic - beautiful scenery and lots of curves. You'll meet I-5 about 25-30 miles south of Eugene.
Yup! That's exactly where I'll be!

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Looks like you have another great epic adventure planed .
Hope it is...leave KC on 06/21 and return back 07/06...~5600miles.

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5+Rattlesnake+Grade+runout+in+Oregon+11257145982.jpgIt looks like your heading north through Walla Walla? Unless you need wine I would go north on 39 like you posted before and go to Joseph. If you continue on to Enterprise you'll find Hwy 3 which will head north on one of the best roads in the area. It's called the Rattlesnake grade in the AMA's best roads list. This will take you to Lewiston which looks like were you were headed anyways.


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