Walla Walla River

This is a mountain bike destination! An appealing characteristic of this area is the multiple trails with several entry points on highways or logging roads. Each trail exit is usually close enough to connect to another trail on your bike, usually by riding on gravel roads. There are also several campgrounds that offer the potential of multi-day riding, preferably point to point with support crews.

Mountain bikers commonly refer to these trails as simply “awesome!” The Walla Walla has developed quite a reputation in the Northwest as a spot for great mountain biking, yet many locals haven’t even experienced the trails. Don’t let these trails evade you. Any mountain biker that travels within a couple hours of Walla Walla MUST come check these out. The trails are very, very long and so addicting that you might find yourself riding into one of the most epic MTB rides of a lifetime.

The trails are characterized by smooth singletrack, perfect for climbing hard and descending fast. Motorcross riders keep the trails mostly cleared of debris. Most descents are so smooth and predictable, you’ll wonder why you aren’t going faster. At times, you're so busy enjoying the trail that you don’t realize how beautiful the views passing you by. However, some of the views are so stunning you can’t ignore. A break in the trees can reveal surreal view of the massive river canyons.

Traditionally the Walla Walla area is very hot in the summer, but these trails offer surprising relief from the heat. The main advantage is that the steep canyon sidewalls block the sun, and most of the trails are under thick forests because they follow creek and river beds.

From La Grande, these trails can be accessed Mottet Springs or Target Meadows. The most common and less physically demanding place to start riding these trails is Harris Park, outside of Milton-Freewater, Oregon but this is a long drive from La Grande. If equipped with a really sturdy 4-wheel drive vehicle and a sense of adventure, the upper end can be accessed via Tiger Canyon.

This guide includes over 8 different rides and includes connectors between trails for coverage of all of the trails around Tollgate, Oregon. The additional featured trails are available with the online packages for Walla Walla River, mountain biking access pack or the all access pack. Even better, buy a bike from La Grande Ride at our low prices and you'll gain access with your purchase.

Bobsled Trail

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Bobsled has potential as a fun mountain bike ride. It is difficult to get to and isn't in that good of shape. It is basically unrideable right now so I didn't go too far down it and the track here just shows what I did to document there is something there. If repaired the trail should be good because it follows a scenic ridgetop and stays out of the trees. There are also two trails off of it that might potentially create some loops. However, I could not find any sign of the first trail that was supposed to go north down to Bobsled Creek.

Horseshoe Prairie Trail

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This secret trail is a backcountry gagsta way to make a loop of the Umatilla Rim Trail when you arrive at Ninemile Ridge Trailhead. This route gives you a more direct route back to the Horseshoe Prairie Trailhead. You'll want to take this trail if, (a) you abhor out-and-back and want to make a loop of the Umatilla Rim experience or (b) you think the Umatilla Rim is a wussy flat and fast trail and you want something more rugged.

Mountain Bike - Walla Walla River Package


Provides 12 months of online access to all of the maps and trail information for the Walla Walla River area including Tollgate and Spout Springs (e.g. Umatilla Rim Trail). Nearby towns include Pendleton, Walla Walla, La Grande, and Elgin. The Walla Walla is a fantastic mountain bike destination. This package features nearly 100 miles of mountain biking routes with elevation profiles, maps, data, photos, connectors, and descriptions. See a sample here.