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I did this route starting on June 7th, 2022. This is a wonderful ride circling the Wallowas. Although I did this midweek I thought the traffic on the paved roads was minimal and I never felt uncomfortable. Everyone seemed pretty friendly and courteous on the pavement. And cars on the gravel segments were mostly nonexistent.

Forest Road 39 out of Halfway had just officially opened a couple days before I got there but a call to the Ranger Station earlier in the week said a bike could get through even if the road was closed. The gravel section on Imnaha River Road is spectacular. Amazing views around every bend and you're right on the river.

Unfortunately the motel and campground in Imnaha is closed. It looks like the motel is torn apart and they might be doing some remodeling but it's all blocked off and no one was working on it. I wouldn't count on anything being open this year at least. Folks at the Imnaha Store didn't know of any camping spots nearby. At this point there's not much public land for wild camping and I wasn't sure what the Zumwalt Prairie would be like for the night so I just stayed on the highway to Joseph. There might be camping options before you get to Imnaha but I wasn't looking for them. I'm sorry I missed Zumwalt.

From Joseph I picked up the route in Enterprise and camped in the National Forest about twenty miles from Cove. There are lots of nice places up there but bring the water you'll need. I walked through a couple snow patches but it's melting fast. The Warm Spring Pool in Cove had a Facebook posting from early June saying they are shut down because there is no one available to run it. I didn't call but it may not be an option even if you try to reserve it.

Breakfast burritos and great coffee are available at the RattleTale Cafe in Union. It kept me fueled up for the ride back to Baker City. If you can be a little creative with the camping this loop is well worth doing, especially if Zumwalt Prairie has some camping options.
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You rock! Thanks for the super detailed post. As you know, these are critical for bikepacking trips!
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Andy M
A friend is riding the loop right now and report that the Imnaha camp is not longer in business
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Thanks for letting us know.