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Walla Walla Cycling & Mountain Biking

Pedal through Walla Walla paradise

Beloved for the rural farm roads that meander through rolling wheat fields, Walla Walla is celebrated as Washington’s top road cycling destination. The nearby Blue Mountains offer experienced riders steep climbs and sharp turns to attack, while the flatlands and paved trails that run through Walla Walla’s historic neighborhoods and farmlands are perfect for when you just want to cruise.

Coming to town and looking for company on your ride? Visit Walla Walla Valley Cycling, for information on group rides happening around town. Local bike shops, Allegro Cyclery and Bicycle Barn are also great resources for all things riding.

Walla Walla also hosts one of the top bike racing events in the state. The Tour of Walla Walla take place over three days and includes four different races to crown a General Classification winner across all rider classifications.

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Have fun and remember, rubber side down!

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Cycling in Walla Walla Leaves you Breathless

By J. Andrew Rodriguez

Cycling in Walla Walla leaves you breathless. Not because you’re going up the occasional winding hill, flanked on either side by wheat fields in their emerald youth. Nor because you are screaming down another hill overlooking acres of vineyards or apple orchards. It’s that the Walla Walla Valley just feels like a cyclist’s dreamscape. That’s because it is; I’ve dreamed on these bicycle rides many times. No, every time. Here there is abundant sunshine. On a ride you are likely to encounter the glancing shadow from a circling red-tailed hawk, deer, elk, coyote and other wildlife. This area has a network of rural roads that give you dozens of options for rides of any length. The foothills of the Blue Mountains, crown jewels of this valley, offer beautiful settings for challenging or easy-going mountain biking. You’ll want to linger here, where the breezes sing harmony with resident and migrant songbirds. Once, very early on a bright summer morning, I heard a lone Western Meadowlark atop a telephone pole on Hood Road. I stopped to be serenaded. I pulled out my smartphone to record the angelic sound. On a whim, I cranked up the volume, hit the play button, and pointed it in the Meadowlark’s direction. At first, silence. Then he sang back. It was the Meadowlark’s song, but we traded it over and over again until I moved on. It was just the two of us, lingering. Cycling Group 300x200This cyclist-friendly community has, well, a lot of cyclists. No need to worry about riding alone when in town; you’ll find plenty of company. Local cyclists are happy to show you routes, invite you on a ride, make dining suggestions, point out their favorite wineries and help you fix a flat. And they won’t stop talking about the great cycling here. Walla Walla’s two excellent bicycle shops, Allegro Cyclery and the Bicycle Barn, lead rides throughout the week. Check both sites for the most up to date info.
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