Oregon Designates new ‘Oregon Outback Scenic Bikeway’ in Southeastern Oregon

The route is nestled in the beautiful Warner Mountains, where the forested Cascades meet the high desert basin and range. Bicyclists will have the opportunity to view the high peaks, sheer cliffs and gorgeous lakes while experiencing quiet and ample solitude, shared only with pronghorn antelope, wetland birds, bighorn sheep and sage grouse.

This ride is best enjoyed in spring and fall when nature is at its finest in this region, and photo opportunities abound. Spring snowmelt draws wildlife and migrating birds to the lakes, while beautiful wildflowers bloom on the hillsides. In the fall, the backdrop of brilliant yellow quaking aspen lights up the hillsides, while antelope and mule deer cavort openly as mating season ensues.

The Oregon Scenic Bikeway program is a superb collection of cycling routes that inspires people to experience Oregon’s natural beauty and cultural heritage by bicycle while offering economic and social benefits to the communities and residents along the routes.

Local bicyclists propose new bikeways, and the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission designates routes based on scenic quality, road conditions and general riding enjoyment. Only the best routes meet the selective criteria developed by the State Scenic Bikeway Committee. Once designated, OPRD pays to install directional signs along the route. OPRD and Travel Oregon post information online for riders to plan their trip, including printable ride maps, elevation profiles, services and points of interest including Travel Oregon’s Bike Friendly Businesses recognition program.

The Oregon Scenic Bikeways program is the first and only of its kind in the country. Launched in 2005, the program is a partnership between Cycle Oregon, Travel Oregon, Oregon Department of Transportation and OPRD.

SOURCE Travel Oregon; Oregon Parks and Recreation Department