18 routes · Mountain Biking · Gravel Biking · Hiking · Stand Up Paddle
Fox Hill Road -> Rob's Hill Road Loop
Short but steep gravel loop from downtown La Grande.
Gravel Biking Difficult
- 25 km
- 588 m
- 588 m
- 1-2 hrs
- Low Point
- 845 m
- High Point
- 1.3 km
Once up the main grunt, the grade mellows out considerably, and the road enters the national forest. This section of the forest is truly gorgeous, with towering trees, pastureland, and the occasional meadow. Where the trees open up, you’ll enjoy views of the rolling tree-covered Oregon mountains in all directions. Without a single sign of civilization, you’ll feel like you’re in the middle of absolutely nowhere—and that feeling is actually quite accurate.
The descent off the mountain down Rob’s Hill Road is fast and furious! Feather the brakes to ensure you don’t overheat your braking surface, because this descent is steep for a gravel road. It can get squirrely in places, so exercise caution.
The loop finishes with a section of Interstate riding, which could be sketchy. The shoulder is wide, but pedaling down an Interstate with big rigs passing just a few feet away is less than fun, However, the upper section through the forest more than makes up for the challenging sections!