Hells Canyon Scenic Byway, Oregon
The total length of the byway is 208 miles, looping around the Wallowa Mountains. Bicycle Adventures guide Matt Paul favors the stretch from Joseph to Halfway. Picture smooth asphalt, no potholes, rumble strips, or even lane stripes, just blemish-free blacktop. Trees crowd up to the road’s edges, forming a tunnel of quiet green that occasionally opens to long vistas, and once, gives you a glimpse into the deepest gorge in North America, Hells Canyon, near the Snake River. As you climb and descend — each descent better than the last — the trees give way to open exposure and even longer, more luscious views.