La Grande Area

La Grande is on Interstate 84 in the middle of Northeast Oregon, offering hundreds of miles of gravel roads ready to be experienced on a cyclocross (or mountain) bike.

Jubilee Lake Climb


The Palmer Jct road is one of the best paved climbing roads in Union County because of the great scenery and random steep climbs it throws at riders. It is an out and back course on a road bike, but if continued on the gravel offers a long climb up to Jubilee Lake. The long consistent climb starts when crossing the bridge of Lookingglass Creek, and doesn’t give up until just before the lake. The climb is rarely very steep, but it is very consistent and long. Jubilee Lake is a very popular d...

Mt. Emily Climb via Fox Hill


This route to the iconic Mt. Emily gives you a punch in the gut right from the start, and then again after the ATV parking at MERA. Once you survive that, it is pretty mellow the rest of the way to the top. The roads follow the ridge the entire way up. It starts near the fairground at Fox Hill Rd. and then turns onto ATV1, the main gravel road from the ATV parking. You basically stay straight at each road intersection with one right turn just before the summit. Continue over the summit for about...

Mt. Fanny Climb


Mt. Fanny is a monstrous climb on a cross bike. If done properly from Phys Rd, the climb rises 4234 vertical feet in 19 miles, topping out at 7,123 at the summit. The road is steep only a in few places, but is otherwise a steady climb up to Moss Spring Campground. Then, the road gets rougher. In a few places, the road skirts the Eagle Cap Wilderness, offering a good view of the Wallowas. Notes
  • Take a right on French Road and head toward Moss Springs Campground.
  • At Mo...

Mt. Fanny Climb


Taken from Phys Road, this is one of the biggest climbs the Grande Ronde Valley serves up. It climbs on pavement for a bit after Cove and then you hit the gravel and some steeper sections on the switchbacks before you get some reprieve approaching Moss Springs Campground. After Moss Springs, the road becomes rockier and more rutted with some steep sections before you top out near the Eagle Cap Wilderness line. From there you have rolling terrain and even some downhill for awhile before the final...

Park Saddle Climb


Why you would want to do this climb, I don't know. Perhaps you just like climbing and you do it because it is there. However, there are many more compelling gravel climbs nearby and it would probably be better to do the one across the road up to the lookout. Maybe you just want to go up and visit Park Saddle, a crotch between Dry Beaver and Limber Jim. Probably the most plausible answer is that you are camped at Birdtrack, Red Bridge, or Spool Cart and don't want to get your shiny new Honda Elem...

Ruckel Traverse


One way to cross the Blue Mountains from west to east via dirt road is this climb from Mission to Summerville. The road is pretty rocky and bumpy so it may be best on a mountain bike. A few miles up the road from Mission you pass Umatilla Forks where there are several trailheads. At the top, you are at Ruckel Junction where the pavement ends for Summit Road if you want to head to Tollgate on this. Otherwise, continue over the top and down...

The Werst Race Course


Jason Werst was a fast runner and a fast cyclist. He frequented Morgan Lake Road in his training, which is just on the outskirts of La Grande a short distance from where he was a collegiate runner at Eastern Oregon Univeristy. The road is so steep, it prompted Jason to ponder the question: can I run up it faster than I can bike it? From this idea, The Werst Race was born to support Jason in his fight with leukemia. During periods of remission, he found the strength to compete in the race 4 of 5 ...

Cyclocross - La Grande Area Package

$6.00

Provides 12 months of online access to road and gravel riding in the La Grande, Oregon area. Cyclocross bikes are recommended, but road bikes with sturdy tires or mountain bikes will also work. These are also good winter riding routes with studded tires on. See a sample here. This package also includes a 12-month subscription to any premium content at LaGrandeRide.com. Read more about Cyclocross - La Grande Area Package

Price: $6.00
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