Joseph Branch Railriders

Gail and Mavis

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  by request on the return trip. 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 6 hour 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. Advance registration required.

FIVE DAYS A WEEK! The 2016 season runs May 21 through October 2, with trips available, five days a week, Thursday through Monday. For reservations, email or  call 541-910-0089. Tickets may be purchased at the ticket pavilion  located at 304 North Main Street, Joseph, Oregon, during the season. Reservations are encouraged for large groups or tight schedules.

New OREGON COAST RAILRIDERS.  Pedal Bay City to Tillamook for a two hour pedal powered excursion  through and over estuaries, historic rail road bridges and farm land.  Ideal way to check on the shore birds. You will find a taste of the Oregon Coast on the inactive portion of the Port of Tillamook Rail Road. Be sure to check out the Oregon Coast Scenic Excursion train that travels North of Garibaldi.  We travel South of Garibaldi and OCSR travels North, just in case you had a concern.  Oregon Coast Railriders, Permalink:


16 thoughts on “Joseph Branch Railriders”

  1. Those who enjoy the out of doors, nature, peace and tranquility plus the novelty of pedaling on an inactive railroad while riding the rails on a railrider rail bicycle are sure to enjoy this outdoor experience. Our recumbent style seats are adjustable to accommodate just about everyone. Two guests per railrider.
    Railroad enthusiasts might even hear a train whistle if they allow their minds some creative wandering. No doubt about it playing on this rail line is an awesome experience.

  2. Thank you for the comments. We are well into our second season. We encourage you to come and try this adventure before the season ends Oct 4th.
    Prices, $20, 12 years and older and $10 for younger children. Joseph to Enterprise for a two hour, twelve mile round trip pedalling on the inactive Joseph Branch of the Wallowa Union Rail Road.
    The Minam adventure at $45 a person is a real bargain for a 6 hour guided trip where you will travel along the free flowing Wallowa River then enter the lower Wallowa Valley which is home to wild and domestic animals and birds. Plan for lunch in Wallowa before you start you 13 mile 1% descent back to Minam.

    Summers is passing…..see you soon.

  3. Yes, Ed and Nick of Oregon Public Broadcasting did a great job. We filmed September 2014. To view the short again Goggle Oregon Field Guide, Episode Joseph Branch Railriders Season 26, Episode 8. Or, just cut to the chase and goggle Oregon Field Guide Joseph Branch Railriders. We had a lot of fun filming. The short does represent well what we are doing. For more information or reservations email me at
    Happy Railriding,

  4. We watched your PBS story & emmediatly got exited,
    We thought we had written down your web site, but did
    not get it all. So I goggled the Joseph city hall & wa la
    they gave me your correct web site. We both are very
    much interested in doing this fun trip.
    Mary Has a relation that lives in Enterprise
    Don Lorentz so we can do a double fun thing & visit him
    & do your ride too.

  5. Joseph Branch Railriders will open May 16th, 2015 and end the season October 4th, 2015.
    We hope to see you this summer.
    To feel as though you are railriding from your chair check our Oregon Public Broadcasting, Oregon Field Guide.
    Google Oregon Field Guide-Joseph Branch Railriders.
    Email jbrailriders for information and registration.

    Happy Railriding,

  6. Thank you Ron.
    We were thrilled to have you as a speaker on the panel for the Joseph Branch Trails Consortium and as a guest. The message that you and the panel delivered was exactly what we all needed to hear.
    We still have a lot of work to do on that project but…someday we hope to be railriding and mountain biking the corridor.
    We hope to ride your trail.

    Thank you again.

    Happy Railriding,

  7. Thank you Kim and Anita for the truly unique experience of the Rail Rider. I thought that I have done just about everything there was to do in the outdoors but this one surprised me. Have you ever thought about riding a bike on a rail road system…..well this will be about close as you can get to that. And along the way you can take in some Oregon’s best scenery and wild life. On our trip we saw at least a couple dozen whitetail deer running and jumping over fences in the farmers fields. And there was even an Osprey flying above us with a freshly caught trout in it’s talons. I have recommended this great outdoor adventure to my bike riding friends and family. Give it a try!

  8. Joseph Branch Railriders opens the summer season of events May 16, 2015. JBR will offer 3 departures daily Friday through Monday. Reservation are encouraged starting this March. Season ends Oct 4, 2015.
    Guests OPTION 1: a 2 hour, 12 mile guided round trip from Joseph to and from Enterprise Oregon.
    Or OPTION 2 new this year, a day adventure for the more adventurous individuals. Travel from Minam Town to Wallowa at your leisure. You have up to sevens hours of fun if you want. This is also guided. for more information or email We hope to see you soon. The rail is a callin. Whew whew.

  9. Dwyn,
    We are pleased you enjoyed your ride. Thank you for the review on Trip Advisor. We appreciate the help letting people know about the fun experience.

  10. My guy Steve and I did the Rail Riders last Saturday. We so much enjoyed it!
    I just posted a very positive review in Trip Advisor; not sure when it will be posted. Thank you for a fun experience.

  11. Lynda,
    Thank you for your enthusiasm for the Joseph Branch Railriders. We hope you can come take a ride sometime. Tickets are $20 for adults and the riders are currently offered Friday, Saturday and Sunday, at 9 a.m., noon and 3 p.m. Check this page for more information about the business.

  12. I would love to see any future information that is published on this amazing rail ride experience. Could you also send me the ticket price, your days of operation and any additional information you have to share.

    I love the idea of preserving the old rail lines, rather than tearing them out. Fabulous idea! I am a novice cycler and an avid rail fan. Your ideas thrill me. Thanks and great success to you.

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