What To Do
Powerline to Birch Creek (Intermediate)
This 20.2 mile loop heads south from Walla Walla and enters Oregon before making its way through the southside wine district. Mountain views to the east offer a breathtaking backdrop to a variety of crops along the way. This route is paved with limited shoulder space and/or designated bike lanes.
South Wine Loop | A & South Wine Loop | B (Beginner, Intermediate)
Both routes ride through the heart of the southside wine district. From tried and true to relatively new, the wineries on the south end of town enjoy expansive views of the Blue Mountains. Clocking in at just over 15 miles per ride, its a leisurely yet active way to engage with wine country. This route is paved with limited shoulder space and/or designated bike lanes.
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
Is there a bad time to ride your bike to a winery? 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
Within 1.5 Hours
Day Tripper, Adventurer
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
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. Impress all your cycling buddies with your newfound knowledge. 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.
There are no public restrooms along the routes. Wineries offer services to those partaking in their fruit. Make sure to set out on the ride with ample water supply.