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The mountains are calling, and it is time to go for a ride! Trade the wheat fields for sagebrush and Douglas-fir trees. The change of scenery is profound. If you are in search of a ride that feels like it can transport you to another place, head east. Climb past the crops and wander through the mountains near a river or two. A handful of paved roads offer a portal to a completely different landscape.

  • What To Do
    • Biking

      Mill Creek Out & Back (Intermediate)
      This ride is one of the best ways to escape the valley and surround yourself with the splendor of the Blue Mountains. If you make it far enough, you can cross your wheels into Oregon and brag that you rode two states in one day. Expect subtle elevation gain with the change of scenery. A few wineries line Mill Creek Road, so it is totally possible to partake in the full Walla Walla experience. Note that this two-lane country road is windy with little to no shoulder.

      Five Mile Loop North to South | A (Beginner, Intermediate)
      If there was an award for iconic Walla Walla bike ride, this loop would top the podium. This 16.1 mile loop never disappoints. Enjoy wide, paved shoulders for a portion of Russel Creek, which then narrows to a classic two-lane country road with variable shoulder conditions.

      Five Mile Loop North to South | B (Intermediate)
      Taking advantage of the many joys of the valley, this loop wanders through town, along the creek, and skirts the mountains for spectacular views. This ride is 19.4 miles on two-lane country roads. The shoulder condition varies.

      Bike Path to Rooks Park Out & Back (Beginner)
      Since Walla Walla is decidedly the town so nice they named it twice, this route mirrors that sentiment as it might win nicest bike path! Expect joggers, kids learning to ride any number of wheeled accessories, and folks making unexpected stops to bird watch! Clocking in at 8.7 miles, it is a perfect way to balance a busy itinerary (or chores) with a rejuvenating jaunt along the river.

      Cottonwood to Russell Creek Loop (Beginner, Intermediate)
      Enjoy the epic ride of our valley! Wide open views from north to south, east to west will make it hard to focus on the road ahead. Don’t forget to travel this route throughout the year to view the valley in all four seasons. The road is a two-lane country road, and expect to travel 17 miles.

  • What To Expect

    In the spring, the sprouting fields are so deliciously green, and, as summer fades, the golden hues of a bountiful harvest really steal the show. As magical as that seasonal promise of routine and tradition truly is, it also means there are some really, really big farm equipment on the road. The share-the-road mantra is next level in the Walla Walla Valley.

    This warning is not to deter your inner cyclist, but rather prepare you for the fact that during certain parts of the year, wheat that was casually blowing with the breeze finds itself in the back of a large truck going at least 35 miles an hour. As someone who can put harvest driver on her resume, I implore you to realize that it is incredibly hard to ask a fully loaded truck to respond in a timely fashion.

  • When To Go

    Cycling the Walla Walla Valley is a four-season sport. If you are local, grab your helmet anytime the mood strikes you. With an average rainfall hovering around 20 inches per year, that leaves hundreds of dry, sunny days to explore many roads less traveled. Always consult the weather report to avoid triple digit heat without appropriate access to hydration. Also of note is the fact that many of these roads are chip-sealed as part of regular maintenance in the summer months.

  • How To Get There

    We love to collaborate with fellow outdoor recreation enthusiasts. Many thanks to Allegro Cyclery for curating these routes. Consider downloading the Ride with GPS application (app) to access a shared tour, event, or route. Creating a login will allow users to sync rides, track your ride, and enable sharing, among other features. All routes presented are built with the Ride with GPS application to track elevation gain & distance, create cuesheets, and offer offline tools. Locals and tourists alike will appreciate the attention to detail, and if you create a loop you would like to share, let us know.

Please do not solely rely on Google Maps as their route might not always reflect what is maintained.

  • Your Public Lands

    Washington State Department of Transportation, Walla Walla County, Oregon Department of Transportation, Umatilla County

  • Distance:

    Within 1.5 Hours

  • Difficulty Level:

    Day Tripper, Adventurer

  • Seasons:

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

  • Elevation:

    942 - 1,607 feet

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  • Regulations

    The State of Washington considers those on a bicycle a vulnerable user of a public way. Washington does not mandate helmets, but please wear a helmet. The state does not define which lane riders use, but if slower than the flow of traffic, ride as far to the right as possible. Perhaps of most use is the vehicle detection error law that allows riders to proceed through a traffic signal if that signal fails to respond to the rider. For more light reading, visit the Washington State Legislature website on the Revised Code of Washington, specifically Chapter 46.61.760. In Oregon, similar laws apply, although helmets are required under the age of sixteen. Remember, bicycles are considered vehicles, and it is illegal to operate a vehicle while under the influence.

  • Amenities

    There are no public restrooms along the routes. Make sure to set out on the ride with ample water supply.

  • Wildlife Awareness

    We are all so fortunate to recreate in and around the Walla Walla Valley. With hundreds of miles of roads to explore, there is also great responsibility to appreciate that we are mere visitors and should all take pride in being good stewards. Review Leave No Trace principles. Expect to see deer, turkeys, coyotes, fox, and other small animals across the valley.

  • Field Notes

    Let's talk about skill level. Our rating system considers a beginner as someone who is new to the sport, averages approximately 8-10 miles per hour for 10-15 miles. This rating is also suitable for those interested in a leisurely and scenic ride. An intermediate designation assumes cycling is a hobby and that you are equipped for slightly more challenging or technical rides. Intermediate riders travel at roughly 12-16 miles per hour, perhaps extending the ride to 16-30 miles. Expert rides are designed for cyclists who are in peak condition, traveling around 18-25 miles per hour for 30-50 miles plus. Advanced riders likely participate in a few tours throughout the year. You are in luck—the Walla Walla Valley has a road route suitable for everyone!