Enjoy the unique experience of pedaling the inactive portion of the Historic Joseph Branch Railway in Oregon’s beautiful Wallowa Valley. Nature enthusiasts, bicyclists, and rail fans are sure to relish the peace and tranquility of one of two 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 and grain to the Grande Ronde Valley 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. The lush Wallowa Valley is complete with natural meadows, cottonwood and pine trees, wildflowers and bubbling streams. Cattle and horses look up from their grazing. A pair of osprey call to you from their nest. Mule and white-tail deer bound through the grass and hide in the shade. You will be lulled by the sights, smells and silence of the countryside, while invigorated by the fresh air. Take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and pedal a railrider.
OPTION ONE is a 2 hour, 12-mile round trip from Joseph to Enterprise. Most guests are able pedal the average 1.5% grade back up to Joseph but our guide will provide a power assist if you need help on the return trip. You will need to ask. Tickets are $20, 12 years and older, $10 (under 12). Young children are welcome to use a car seat if they can not reach the pedals and must be accompanied by an adult.
OPTION TWO is a 26-mile round trip day adventure that starts in Minam and travels a gentle 1% average grade to Wallowa then back. Option two is designed for the more adventurous and hearty folk. Tickets for the day excursion are $45 per person.
FIVE DAYS A WEEK! The 2016 season runs May 21 through October 2, with trips available Thursday through Monday. For reservations, call 541-910-0089, 541-910-0981 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets may be purchased during the operating season at 304 North Main Street, Joseph, Oregon. Reservations are encouraged for large groups or tight schedules.