Travel Spotlight: Joseph Branch Railriders

Take a ride through the Wallowa Valley with The Joseph Branch Railriders

written by Sheila G. Miller


The concept is simple—take unused railways that run throughout our state and find a way to ride a bike on them. Kim and Anita Metlen took that concept, researched similar projects, developed a railriding unit and Joseph Branch Railriders was born. The Railrider is a four-wheeled unit that rides on the rails. With recumbent and adjustable seats, you pedal at your pace, propelling your unit along the tracks. The cars can also accommodate kids in car seats.

The Joseph Branch Railriders offer two tour options through the Wallowa Valley. A two-hour, 12-mile roundtrip between Joseph and Enterprise is $24 for adults over 12 ($12 for those under 12), and a six-hour, 26-mile roundtrip between Minam and Wallowa—those tickets are $48 per person. Either option allows a pedal through farmland and forests with the huge, snowcapped Wallowa Mountains in the distance. Joseph Branch Railriders offer rides five days a week. Starting in 2016, Oregon Coast Railriders expanded operations to Bay City, offering a two-hour, 12-mile roundtrip pedal to Tillamook (also $24). This tour runs along the historic Port of Tillamook Bay Railroad tracks through estuaries and along the coast. And beginning this year, the idea is expanding further, this time to Shelton, Washington, for the Vance Creek Railriders. All locations will begin rides in May and run through early October.

Joseph Branch Railriders

Share
Published by
1859 Magazine

Recent Posts

Four Faves for Donuts—Don’t be so square!

            written by Jen Stevenson NOLA DOUGHNUTS Mardi Gras is just a king-cake-splattered March memory,…

4 weeks ago

Enviro-Breweries for a better world

written by Jeremy Storton I sat typing away at my keyboard one wintry day at a local brewery. A beautiful,…

4 weeks ago

Best places for a bountiful brunch

BEST PLACES FOR BOUNTIFUL BRUNCHING HUNNYMILK With both a West Burnside brick and mortar and an eastside weekends-only pop-up, this…

1 month ago

Modern Outdoor Finds—Make your patio pop with these products

    If you need an update for a decrepit picnic table, try the Aviara Aluminum Rectangular Dining Table from…

1 month ago

DIY Concrete Planter

illustrated by Esther Loopstra AS ANYONE WHO HAS EVER STROLLED through the nursery knows, outdoor pots can add up. Try…

1 month ago

A timber-frame outdoor pavilion draws a West Linn family outside

written by Melissa Dalton An Outdoor Pavilion, rustic and accommodating When Daniel Harkavy and his wife bought their West Linn…

1 month ago