Stargazing Nighttime Pedal Adventure

  • Joseph to Middle of Nowhere

  • approx 1 Hour

  • 6 Mile Round Trip

  • Departs at dusk, times vary

  • $80 / Tandem Car
    $140 / Quad Car
      $20 / Jump Seat

  • Limited Time Offering

    May: 22nd & 29th 9:15pm
    June: 5th, 12th, & 19th 9:30pm,
    24th 9:15pm
    Aug: 14th 8:45pm, 28th 8:15pm
    Sept: 11th 8:00pm, 25th 7:30pm
    Oct: 9th 7:00pm

About this trip...

Enjoy this special pedal in the still of the night. You'll journey through the crisp night air along the dimly lit valley floor at the base of the silhouetted Wallowa Mountains.

With lots of fresh air, and a good possibility of "wildlife" sightings this trip is an amazing adventure.

Your trip begins in Joseph during late dusk. You'll start with a Wallowa River crossing (not that you'll be able to see much of it, but you'll hear it) and then venture into an area flanked by dense pine forest.

Beyond the forest the rails lead you into the wide open valley with (hopefully) a vast clear starry sky overhead.

Watch your step and enjoy the sky as we turn your cars around and then you will make your way back to Joseph.

This trip takes place in the dark and will be primarily lit by head lamp. It may be spooky for some.

Guests with children:
Children must be age 2 and up to ride but appropriate age is ultimately up to the guardian.
This event is a family friendly adventure but again may be spooky because it's in the dark.


💡 Important Tips
•  The sun will have set and temperatures will be cool so it should make for a very pleasant pedal but come prepared for cold temps.
  Colder evenings will feel like exercising in the cold on your return trip.
•  This trip has a gentle yet consistent downhill grade to our mid-point in the Valley. It is a gentle uphill grade back to Joseph.
   A relaxed pace is key, you will not need to pedal much on the downhill porition.
  Your return trip will be slow and steady as you take your time pedaling back to Joseph.
•   Most of our guests complete this trip without assistance if they follow these guidelines.
  However you may get assistance by our pedal hybrid electric assist system on our guide car if needed, we can only assist a limited number of cars.
  Our assistance option allows guests of a variety of fitness levels to enjoy this trip.

Seating Options

Please review the following seating options prior to booking
Our Nighttime trips are mainly sold by car type. You'll book by Railrider type. Choose from Tandem, Quad, add on Jump Seats, or a combination of these depending on your group.
No discount for empty seats. Each guest must have their own seat. Lap riding is not permitted.
Tandem Car  -  $80 (from $40/guest)

(8 available per trip)

  • The sports coupe of our Railrider fleet is great for pairs of any combination, they may be linked together to create a makeshift Quad Car

  • These cars have 2 sling style seats, each seat has 2 cup holders and a lap seat belt, there is room for a backpack or soft cooler

  • At least 1 guest age 16+ must be on board the car, these cars may be used by a single rider if needed

  • Most children 8+ can reach, age 3-7 ride without pedaling

  • Guests must be 16+ to ride by themselves

  • Jump Seats may only be added onto a Tandem Car, they can turn a Tandem Car into a 3 or 4 seat car for guests with younger children, see Jump Seat section for more details


  • How to Book:

    Select the number of Tandem Cars needed for your group

Quad Car  -  $140 (from $35/guest)

(2 available per trip)

  • With 4 seats and 4 sets of pedals this is ideal for families with children, groups of friends, or odd numbered parties

  • At least 1 guest age 16+ must be on board the car

  • Most children 8+ can reach, age 3 - 7 ride without pedaling

  • We only have 2 Quad Cars available per time slot

  • Each seat has two cup holders and a lap seat belt

  • Luggage space is limited to whatever you can sling off the rear two seats (backpacks or bags with straps work well)


  • How to Book:

    If available, Select the number of Quad Cars needed for your group

    Very important:

    Quad Cars have a max weight limit of 1000 lbs / 453 kg
    Jump Seats cannot be added onto Quad Cars

Seating Examples
Jump Seat  -  $20

(6 available per trip)

  • Non-Pedaling add on seat for use on Tandem Cars only,
    for Children ages 2 - 7

  • Add up to 2 Jump Seats per Tandem Car only

  • We have 6 Jump Seats available per trip

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

    How to Book:

    If available, Add the number of Jump Seats needed to your booking.

    Very Important:

    Do not book Jump Seats on a Quad Car, they may only be added to Tandem Cars


    Seating Examples

Review the following prior to booking

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Adult pairs will sit on Tandem Cars together
However, if we are fully booked with a rare configuration, some pairs may need to share a Quad Car, this situation rarely ever happens

No Animals Permitted
There is no safe way to transport an animal onboard a Railrider.
It is also strictly prohibited in our use contract with the Railroad, so ultimately it's out of our hands
Local Pet Boarding
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Groups larger than two will need to book multiple Railriders or a Quad Car
We do not hold seats for onsite booking or overflow. If your group has not reserved the proper configuration we may not have space available to accommodate everyone

Children must be age 2 and up
and must be accompanied by an adult guardian

This trip is a family friendly adventure however it may be spooky for little ones due to riding in the dark

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
Rescheduling Policy

Booking changes must be made at least 48 hours prior to your trip or your booking will remain as booked. Be sure you book the correct number of cars for your party. Booking errors are costly and will not be refunded.

Additional Policy Details

Inclement Weather Policy

We will operate in light rain. We have had many fun trips on days with predicted rains. The weather changes rapidly and much of the predicted precipitation tends to stick to the mountains.

Inclement Weather Procedures

In the event of foul weather we will start with a 15 minute delay and continue with delays in 15 minute intervals up to one hour until it clears. If it does’t clear we will be forced to cancel and attempt to reschedule the trip.

Weather Refunds

We reserve the right to cancel outings for any reason. If this happens we will make every effort to work with you to find an alternative time or date for you to enjoy Railriding. If we cannot make that happen we will issue a full refund.

Additional Policy Details

Cancellation Policy
For Small Groups (less than 10)

Cancellations must be made at least 24 hours prior to your trip to receive a refund.


For Large Groups (10 or more)

Cancellations must be made at least 48 hours prior to your trip to receive a refund.

Any approved cancellations made inside of these windows will receive a credit in the form of a gift card for future use.

Extenuating Circumstances
We are a family run human company, extenuating circumstances will be addressed on a case by case basis. We understand there is sometimes a need to cancel or adjust bookings, that’s life, but things like same day cancellations and no shows often prevent others who may want to go from having an opportunity to do so. We try to keep our policies fair but we also strive to limit these occurrences as much as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Additional Policy Details
When We Won't Ride

We generally are able to operate in most conditions with the exception of the following:

  • Thunderstorms, any sign of localized lighting
  • Heavy rain (not very enjoyable and we loose traction)
  • Wet conditions in weather colder that 45 degrees (not enjoyable)
  • Heavy fog
  • Smokey conditions where the air quality index is above 150: Unhealthy level or higher
  • Extreme winds or dust storms

Essentially it comes down to insuring the safety of everyone and making sure your Railriding experience is memorable for all the right reasons.

Additional Policy Details

Late Arrivals, No Shows, Booking Errors
Late Arrivals

Like a train, we run on a set schedule. Your instructed arrival time allows for check-in, safety orientation, and seat adjustments. We cannot wait, we will leave at our scheduled time.

Communication Is Key
If you miss your trip because you arrive late but reached out to us ahead of time: We’ll do our best to fit your party onto another departure time for the same day. If this isn’t feasible you will forfeit your tickets and will not receive a refund.

No-Call No-Show

If you simply do not show up by the time your trip departs, or at all, you are NOT ELIGIBLE to reschedule or receive a refund.


Booking Errors

If you make a booking error and overbook your trip you will not receive a refund for unused cars/seats. These errors cost our company potential guests who may have wanted to go and couldn't. Underbooking We do not hold cars aside for walkups. If you underbook for what your party needs there is a likely possibility that we won't have enough space for everyone to ride. We will not refund the items already booked if this happens.

Additional Policy Details
Don't be late, or too early... Arrive 20 minutes prior to your departure time
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Trip Specific Questions

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Who is this trip for?

If you enjoy stargazing, animal spotting, and potentially spooky adventures this trip is for you!

This trip isn’t best for infants or really young children under age 2. It is family friendly but may be spooky due to riding in the dark.

We have a 300lb weight limit per seat.

What happens on the trip?

Start

You will meet your guide for a safety briefing prior to departing from Joseph. Please keep your headlamp on at all times, stop at our marked crossings, and keep an eye out for critters.

 

Midpoint

At our midpoint you may carefully get off of your Railrider. This is a great time to stretch your legs as your guide turns around your Railriders. You will re-board after your guide rotates them for your return trip. This is a great time let your guide know if you need a seat adjustment.

 

Return Leg

This is the “uphill” portion. It is a gentle yet consistent uphill grade back to Joseph. It will be nice and cool so this shouldn’t be much trouble for anyone.

Pace is key, take it easy and the pedal will be easier.

 

Home Base

Congratulations you made it! Checkout our souvenir shop and museum area in our office.

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.

What should / may we bring?

Storage is limited but there is room for some essentials.

*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)
  • Appropriate Outerwear (sweater, jacket, enclosed shoes, etc.) Please research your riding conditions so you come prepared, Joseph nights can certainly get chilly.
  • Picture Taking Apparatus (Camera, cellphone, goPro, whatever you have if it can take pictures in low light you might spot something worth capturing)

We offer drinks and snacks for sale at our Joseph departure site at reasonable rates.

 

Nice things to have

  • Smiles
  • Fun stories
  • A keen eye for wildlife
  • Cash/card for souvenirs
  • A treat for your guide
  • Your guide will be armed with bear spray in case there are any unexpected visitors.

 

💡 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. It’s typically cool at night all year long.

What happens at the mid-point?

Your brief midpoint stop in the middle of the Wallowa Valley is a great place to stretch your legs and sit back in your seat and soak in the stars.

Remember to watch your step and take your time moving about.

Your guide will turn around the Railriders and will have everyone sit back down afterwards before the start of your return journey. There will be no restroom at the mid-point.

What does Joseph have to offer?

During the day, Joseph has all sorts of services; adventure, shopping, food, drink,  public restrooms, parks, motels,  lodges, BnBs, RV parks, and more.

Need Help Finding Lodging? CLICK HERE

 
Things to see and do in Joseph.

There is a lot to do in Joseph, we’ll offer some of our favorites.

  • Ride with Joseph Branch Railriders, of course.
  • Take out a one-of-a-kind Glass Bottom Kayak with JO Paddle.
  • Soak in the Joseph main street Artwalk. Larger than life bronze statues occupy nearly every corner throughout town.
  • Explore the many wonderful shops and restaurants on Main Street offering everything from souvenirs to fine art and dining.
  • Visit Wallowology a science and natural history funseum that will immerse you in the natural history of Wallowa county.
  • Ready for more adventure? Seek out Winding Waters River Expeditions. There are thrills around every bend when you venture out on white water. They also offer fishing tours and rent recreational equipment.
  • Joseph is surrounded by some of the most astounding nature one can dream of. Visit the Forest Services’ Wallowa Mountains Office for loads of info on great places to hike, camp, and explore.
  • Wallowa Lake State Park is a great place to explore, you can also enjoy the lake on the North side at the county park / boat launch.
  • History buff? Check out the Wallowa County Museum and the Maxville Heritage Center for a glimpse of Wallowa county past.
  • Wallowa Lake, spend time there, don’t miss it if you can help it.
  • Also don’t miss Joseph City Park. The brand new playground was hand built by the community of Joseph. We’re super proud of it and we welcome you to enjoy it with us. There is a splash pad too that operates in the summer which is a great way to cool down.

 

That’s a lot to soak in, but that’s just scratching the surface of what Joseph and Wallowa County has to offer. Visit the Wallowa County Chamber of Commerce for more places of interest.

When will you not operate?

We generally are able to operate in most conditions with the exception of the following:

 

  • Thunderstorms, any sign of localized lighting
  • Heavy rain (not very enjoyable and we loose traction)
  • Wet conditions in weather colder that 45 degrees (not enjoyable)
  • Heavy fog
  • Smokey conditions where the air quality index is above 150: Unhealthy level or higher
  • Extreme winds or dust storms

 

Essentially it comes down to insuring the safety of everyone and making sure your Railriding experience is memorable for all the right reasons.

Please refer to our Policies page for weather related cancellation details and more.

Check-in Procedure
  • Arrive in Joseph See Map 20 minutes early
  • Visit restroom if needed
  • Provide your name to crew member
  • Sign waiver if you did not sign online
  • Listen to safety briefing
  • Get seat adjusted
  • Have fun!
Important safety information

Road Crossings

This trip requires you to cross three active road crossings in the dark, it is very important that you stop and look both ways before you cross and always keep your head lamp on.

We do not have the right-of-way and people will not be looking for you so this needs to be taken seriously.

 

Balance and uneven ground

Most of your trip will be illuminated by head lamp. The ground surrounding the tracks is uneven and has lots of loose gravel. Remain on board until you are instructed otherwise. Walk slowly and watch your step.

 

Insect Bites

It’s certainly possible to get some mosquito bites out there. However it’s pretty rare. We recommend using bug spray if you are concerned.

If you have a serious allergy please come prepared with your EpiPen or medication if needed and notify your guide of your allergy prior to riding.

 

Seat Belts

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

 

UFOs

We are not responsible for loss or damages due to the acts of “mythical creatures”.