Sunday, December 31, 2006

OBM1200 ISEP Day 3

Elgin to Halfway

This is a 200k route from Elgin to Halfway. The elevation estimate for this route is 8,500 feet provided by Bikely.com. The route has significant elevation, climbing several times to almost 6,000 feet. The route passes through Wallowa, Lostine, Enterprise, Joseph and Hells Canyon Overlook before stopping for the day at the motel in Halfway. The route follows OR-82 from Elgin to Joseph. The leg from Joseph to Halfway is 72 miles long without commercial services. There are a number of campgrounds along Forest Road 39 that may have water drinking (Black Horse and Ollokot).

Update 11-Jan-2008: Updated the route to follow OR-82 all the way from Elgin to Joseph. The route passes through Enterprise Oregon. The route branches from Forest Road 39 to the Hells Canyon Overlook. From the Information Control at the Hells Canyon Overlook, the route returns to Forest Road 39. Caution, the 3965 road is mislabled in Google Earth and Bikely maps. The 3965 road departs 39 just east of the 39 and 520 junction. The Google Earth and Bikely maps have the 3962 road labled as 3965.

References:
Hells Canyon National Recreation Area
Hells Canyon Scenic Byway
Wallowa National Forest Recreation Sites
Hells Canyon Overlook VR Panorama
VR Panoramas from Blue Mountains and Eastern Oregon

Lodging:Lodging in Halfway Oregon can be found at
Halfway Motel & RV Park
Telephone: 541 742-5722

Update: RUSA approved #378

Ride History:
Rider                 Date         Time
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Rick Blacker 22-JUN-2008 12h49
John Kramer 22-JUN-2008 12h49

Route Sheet: Route Sheet is Here

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