River Escape

  • Minam to Rondowa

  • Up To 4 Hours

  • 20 Mile Round Trip

  • $60 / Guest     $30 / Jump Seat

  • Departs from Minam at 9 am

  • Sunday & Monday

About this trip...

Enjoy this peaceful pedal through a timbered canyon alongside the tumbling Wallowa River. With amazing landscapes, plenty of fresh air, and a good possibility of wildlife sightings this trip is absolutely breathtaking. Keep your eyes peeled for birds, marmot, deer, elk, and maybe even a bear, it's wild out there.

Your adventure begins near the famed Minam Store at the confluence of the Wallowa and Minam Rivers and your midpoint is just across a
towering trestle at the confluence of the Wallowa and Grand Ronde Rivers, a spot that used to be home to an old logging town named Rondowa.

Once you arrive at your midpoint you'll enjoy a 30 minute rest overlooking the river from nearby the trestle or you may take a short trail down to the rivers edge. It's a perfect opportunity to relax and eat a snack / lunch that you pack in.

💡 Important Tips
Our Minam trips have a gentle grade and are pedal powered only, there is no electric assistance.
A relaxed pace is key. Our Minam trips are doable by most people and it's rare for someone to struggle if you take your time.
To put it into perspective: It's gentle enough that your guide pedals by themselves most days.
Guests with an average physical fitness level enjoy this adventure most.

Review the following prior to booking

This trip departs from Minam, Oregon.

Visit our Minam Directions page for a map, landmarks, and common travel times.

Minam trips must be booked at least 36 hours in advance.
However, a time slot within our 36 hour cutoff may have seats available even though it says "full".
Please call / email to find out, we might be able to fit you in.
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Groups larger than two will be split between multiple Railriders
If your group is odd numbered, one person will share a Railrider with a new friend or your guide.
Prefer a solo car? - You'll need to book two tickets for a private Railrider.

Children ages 13 and up may ride together on their own Railrider
A responsible adult must be present on the trip.

Safety Reminder: There is a 300lb / 136kg weight limit per each seat.
This is a limitation of our equipment and to ensure your safety it is a rule we cannot bend.
Standard Seats
  • Our standard Railrider seats is what you get when you book a $60 ticket

  • Most children 8 years+ can properly reach the pedals, Children ages 4 to 7 may use these seats and will ride along without pedaling

  • These seats have lap style seat belts

  • Children must be accompanied by an adult

    How to Book:

    Select the number of tickets needed for your group on the 1st page during booking

    To avoid double booking: If you need a Jump Seat do not book a $60 ticket for that guest, only add the jump seats needed.

Add On Jump Seat
  • Non-Pedaling add on seat for Children ages 2 - 7

  • Add 1 or 2 Jump Seats to one of our Two Seat Railriders

  • We have up to 2 Jump Seats available per Minam trip

  • 5-point or lap style seat belt depending on child size

    How to Book:

    Jump Seats will be offered on the 2nd page during booking. If you don't see one, they are not available for the trip

    To avoid double booking: If you need a Jump Seat for a child do not book a $60 ticket for that guest, only add the jump seats needed.

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email or use the button above to sign your waiver.

Your waiver must be completed prior to your trip.

Trip Specific Questions

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This is the one if you want to get away from it all. You can say goodbye to the world as you won't have cell service for more than 99% of your journey. If you love a variety of birds this trip typically delivers.

 

If you are someone who enjoys a good hike then you will do just fine on this trip. Typically guests with an average fitness level enjoy this trip most.

 

We have a 300lb weight limit per seat.

All times of the year and day are great. But if you have certain sensitivities to heat or cold you may want heed this advice.

 

Heat

We encourage you to take our trips during the spring or fall months. Always remember to hydrate and use sun protection.

 

Cold

You might want to choose a trip during the middle of our season.

 

Bonus Tip

The early months of the season offer spring blooms, and the later months offer fall colors both of which are a little extra icing on an already awesome slice of cake.

Start

You will depart as a group at 9AM. You will generally get some space in between Railriders as you travel between your start and midpoints.

This trip is nearly flat with a max of .5% grade. It has a mix of slight ups and downs.

 

Restroom Break

Around 7 miles in you will come to our outhouse. You may stop and use the restroom here if need be.

 

Midpoint

At our midpoint you may carefully get off of your Railrider.

This is a great time to eat a snack or an early lunch. This break will be 30 minutes. This is a good time let your guide know if you need a seat adjustment.

Depending on the river conditions you may be able to walk down to the rivers edge to get a closer look and take a breather while your guide turns your Railriders around.

 

Return Leg

Now you are energized for your return trip but remember a gentle pace is key, take it easy and the ride will be easier.

 

Restroom Break

Around 3 miles out from the midpoint you will come to our outhouse again. You may stop and use the restroom here if need be.

 

Home Base

Congratulations you made it! If you are heading to Joseph checkout our souvenir shop and museum area in our office at 501 W. Alder St.

Don't forget to share pictures and stories of your adventure with friends and family.

Now it's time to decide which trip to conquer next. They are all special in their own way.

This trip is away from it all, there will be no opportunity to buy food or get clean drinking water.

Storage is limited but there is room for some essentials.

First and foremost should be hydration. 

*remember the more you bring the more you pedal

Essentials you should bring

  • Water / Sports Drink (every seat has at least one cup holder that will fit a standard 20 ounce water bottle)
  • Weather Protection (sun hat, sunscreen, rain gear, jacket, etc.) Please research your riding conditions so you come prepared
  • Picture Taking Apparatus (Camera, cellphone, goPro, whatever you have there's a lot to capture)

 Nice things to have

  • Binoculars
  • Small snacks
  • Small soft sided cooler
  • Smiles
  • Fun stories
  • A treat for your guide

Tips for a fun trip
It can still be quite cool here in Wallowa County in May and June and once September comes around it starts again so a jacket or windbreaker may be helpful.

We strongly urge the use of sun protection. The air is very clean here and we’re closer to the sun than you might be used to so take this sun protection tip to heart.

Even the shortest amount of time out without protection can lead to a quick sunburn.

Your brief midpoint stop of about 15 minutes in Rondowa is a great place to stretch your legs and eat a snack or an early lunch.

 If river conditions are favorable, your guide will direct you to a pathway to get you down to the rivers edge for a closer view.

While you soak in the view your guide will turn around the Railriders for your return journey.

Short answer, not much.

You will find a small convenience store, rafting service with rentals available, and a state park in the nearby area.

  • Arrive 10 minutes early (in Minam) See Map
  • Visit restroom if needed
  • Provide your name to crew member
  • Sign paper waiver if you did not sign online 
  • Listen to safety briefing
  • Get seat adjusted
  • Load your gear
  • Have fun!

Road Crossings

This trip is the only trip we offer that doesn't have road crossings to worry about.

 

Hydration

Be sure to begin hydrating a couple hours prior to your trip. Bring along some water or sports drinks.

 

Sun Protection

The sun can be very intense at times in Wallowa County. We urge you to please use sun protection.

We recommend sunscreen, large hats, & sunglasses.

 

Stings & Allergies

This is the outdoors and we have bees, wasps, hornets, as well as a variety of grasses & hay.

Please come prepared with your EpiPen and notify your guide of your allergy prior to riding.

  

Snakes

In the lower canyon you are in Rattlesnake territory. Always carefully look where you step.

You are not Steve Irwin so please don't play with the snakes.

  

Seat Belts

A lap seat belt must be worn whenever your Railrider is in motion.

All Minam Round Trip units are two seat Railriders.

 

  • Both seats have the ability to pedal.
  • Pedaling is freewheel style, each side pedals independently .
  • You may rest while the other person pedals if needed.
  • Our Minam trips can be pedaled by a single guest.

Your guide typically pedals by themselves. If you are by yourself your guide would be happy to pedal with you to share the work and make the trip more enjoyable all around.