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

Last-minute Local and Sustainable Father’s Day Gifts from the PNW

Father's Day gifts from the PNW—sustainable, local and well made.

3 weeks ago

Sign Up for Adventure

Subscribe get more trip, recipe, nesting ideas from us!  

2 months ago

An easy homemade upgrade to your Marinara

1859's Home Grown Chef Thor Erickson shares the secret to a gourmet alternative to marinara…

3 months ago

PNW Businesses Rush to Aid in the Battle Against COVID-19

Across the region, theater companies are making masks, distillers are bottling hand sanitizer, restaurants are…

3 months ago

Chanterelle Mushroom Compound Butter

Home Grown Chef Thor Erickson | photography by Charlotte Dupont Thud, thud, thud! The knock…

4 months ago

Don’t namaste put—get away to a rejuvenating yoga retreat

written by Cathy Carroll IN A DOME built into a hillside, a round skylight at…

4 months ago