7 Day / 6 Night tour that covers the very heart of Oregon from Shaniko to Baker City.
Day One – Shuttle from Portland to Shaniko to begin the ride late morning. From the ghost town of Shaniko we ride south to Antelope and along beautiful painted hills scenic bikeway to lunch area at Hancock Field Station, paleo beds. There will be time to stretch your legs and explore the beautiful rocks. Overnight at camp in Fossil and wake to a hearty breakfast in camp to fuel for the ride.
Day Two – Leaving Fossil we head to the ghost town of Mayville and through miles of high desert wheat fields to a roadside lunch before we tackle the first stretch of gravel road. Beautiful vistas of ghostly homesteads with mountain peaks on the horizon with miles of roads without any other traffic await. This route is a perfect example of why people love gravel roads. We will follow Hale Ridge down to the ghost town of Hardman. Then it is on to camp at Anson Wright Park with hot showers and a gourmet meal around the campfire (smores of course).
Day Three – Start from Anson Wright Park. First left turn on to Sunflower Flats Rd, beginning of gravel. Another morning of gravel through through pine forests and back onto pavement just in time for an epic downhill ride into Monument. After lunch will be riding the Old West Scenic Bikeway into the ghost town Lone Creek for a night in a real bed at the Long Creek Lodge.
Day Four – This is a short ride day, all on pavement through the Maleur National Forest and into John Day. You will have the afternoon to shop and we recommend as visit to Kam Wah Chung park and museum (this is a ghost town all of its own in the heart of downtown John Day). With multiple eateries and it’s own microbrewery, dinner is on your own this evening.
Day Five – Start from John Day once again seeing a piece of the Old West bikeway to the covered wagon viewpoint just outside of Prairie City. This is you chance for a morning snack and to refill your water bottles before the climb up Dixie Summit (5200 ft) with views of the Strawberry Mountians on the horizon. We leave the bikeway after lunch for the scenic ride past the Whitney Cemetery and on into camp at the Sumpter Stockade. Hearty appetizers in camp can serve as dinner or check out the nightlife in this seasonally inhabited ghost town.
Day Six – Spend the morning to seeing the sights of mining area boomtown and ride along the route of the Sumpter Steam Train and just touch the Grand Tour Bikeway as we head to Baker City and our final night in the Geiser Grand Hotel. No ghost town tour would be complete without the night in the beautifully restored (and supposedly haunted) Geiser Grand. Celebrate the finish of this epic ride as a group in the hotel or strike out on your own to see all the beauty and culture that this beautiful little city has to offer.
Day Seven – This is a shuttle ride back to Portland with stops to stretch and take pictures along the way. Even though this day doesn’t include any biking, you will see the Blue Mountains, Historic Pendleton, catch site of wind surfing as we pass through Hood River and the Columbia River Gorge.