October 14, 2011
Four years ago I read an article in Adventure Cyclist by Chuck Haney about a ride he had done in southeastern Oregon. It was the Steens Mountain loop.
Chuck mentions that the Steens loop sounded great, but he had always kept it on the back burner.
Well. If you like climbing, vistas to die for, glacial gorges, day hikes to mountain lakes, and don't mind pedaling off the pavement ... put this trip on your front burner.
Your window of time to visit is limited (the higher road didn't open until mid-July this year), but it is well worth the planning and the wait.
For mileage hounds, this is one of those trips where less is more. How could anyone want to rush with scenery like this?
Check out Chuck's article (pdf) for more details.
Photo by Willie Weir
SIGHTS AND SOUNDS is posted every other Friday. Willie Weir is a columnist for Adventure Cyclist magazine. His books, Travels with Willie and Spokesongs, will inspire you to hit the road, and might change the way you approach bicycle travel. He lives in Seattle with his wife Kat. You can read about their adventures at http://yellowtentadventures.com.