These bikers can’t get enough of the Hells Canyon Motorcycle Rally – and who can blame them? As we like to say, if you don’t have fun at the Hells Canyon Motorcycle Rally – GIVE UP!
2017 was our first time at the Hells Canyon Rally and it was just amazing, really…just wow! We came to Baker City with no real idea or expectation except to have a few days on our bike, riding, relaxing, and just enjoying the road. We left with memories that will always be the measuring stick by which we scrutinize every ride.
We arrived in Baker City with one bike, a 2005 Harley soft tail standard. On Friday we did the bulk of our routes, spending one very long day on the bike. It was one of the best days we have ever had riding! We started early and took Route 666, then proceeded to stop and take pictures for pins; chatting with locals and other riders, alike, as we stopped along the way. Somewhere in the early afternoon we stopped in Joseph for gas and lunch, casually asking some local folks how far it might be to Hat Point. The miles and time seemed just right to wrap up the day and off we went!
Having not really investigated the route explanation in the course catalog, we were in for a great ride. The road was a fun, yet steep, straight upward, washboard gravel! The Harley seemed to do well, taking the gravel in stride, although we were a bit worried! Just the same, we made it to the top! The view was amazing, the bike was filthy and we were surprised that it took us well over an hour to make it up the short path. We headed down, stopped in Imnaha for water and headed on to Halfway. Once we arrived in Halfway, our adventure took a hairpin turn and the night got even better! We were very low on gas and the local stations had closed about one hour prior to our arrival. It looked like we might be sleeping in the park. We headed into the local supermarket and the friendly people of Halfway came to our rescue. We asked for and received one and half gallons of gas. The gentleman who provided the gas would take nothing in return, no matter how hard we tried. Eventually, we headed for Baker City, having made a few new friends. The road was dark, and the headwind was tough, but we made it back to Baker City on fumes! We fueled up, got a quick shower and headed into town to meet some friends and celebrate our good luck!!
Day two brought a morning ride and two more pins, and then the best adventure of the day, when we stopped in Baker City for lunch. We ended up with a sweet deal on a new bike, made for long rides! Not made for Hat Point, so we likely won’t be taking that route, again.
We got another long ride in that afternoon, collected the last of our pins. We collected nine pins in all, and took some remarkable routes through the countryside. Hat Point will forever be the memory we carry away from the Hells Canyon Rally. The ride was the most challenging of the weekend, especially with two of us on the bike, but we would never trade the scenery or the adventure!
Looks like Baker City will be in our summer plans for 2018, too!!
– Lori & Chris
We would like to thank you and all who helped with the rally we had a great time. Evan with the tire problems and I had the people at the Polaris dealer, they were great, we will be back next year. A little background, we made all the stops. Roger Becker is 75 years old and rides a 2006 Harley Electra Glide Standard. I am just a kid at 69 and ride a 2011 BMW R1200 GSA. I have enclosed several pictures of us at Hat Point and others.
– Owen Squires
The Hells Canyon Rally was fantastic this year being our first time and we will be planning on doing it next year. It was so great riding around and seeing the beautiful countryside, only wished we could have spent more days riding. We even took a side ride to Wallowa Lake at Joseph, Oregon, but did not get there in time to ride the Tram, so we are planning that for next year. We will see you next year and we are planning on inviting more family and friends to join us.
– Fred & Barb Felde
OK, rooms are booked in Baker City this time, so we are waiting for the rally reg. to open in Jan. This will be our second rally and we already know the fun level will be off the chart. This is the most fun we have ever had on a rally, as it offers not only the most area rides but the most beautiful places to ride you could ever ask for. Wife and I are ready, the bikes will be ready and so I will start planning our routes to and from. See you all there!
– Stan Austin, Sr.
I was lucky enough to be invited to the JW Everitt event on Sunday evening and that capped off my 58th birthday. What an incredibly wonderful weekend. Great rides everyday and a great street scene each night – I still am hyped two days after the event.
I wanted to say thank you for an amazing rally. This was my first rally and I’ve been looking forward to it since last year. Yes, it rained Friday afternoon BUT it was record breaking rain! Consider that a memory that won’t be forgotten. My wife and I enjoyed the selected routes and the goal of taking photos at the assigned places to get a pin. This was also our first time stopping in Baker City and not just driving by on 84. The people are great and were very helpful. One guy working your information booth Friday, around 2:45, gave us great advice on rides and showed us on the map. Even gave us some advice on a “plan b” should it rain on Saturday, that was appreciated immensely. We also asked where some good places to eat were, he gave us three places that locals like himself go to eat. He was spot on as those meals were fantastic. Thank you again for putting on a good rally and please let us know we’ve succeeded in raising enough money to replace Turbo.
Thanks so much for the best rally ever !!
– Don Biscaro, Kamloops BC Canada
I was only 13. Johnny Murphy was giving girls rides on the back of his dirt bike. For a dollar you could get a 10-minute ride through the trail behind the shopping center. I stood in line and when it was my turn I said, “I’ll pay you two dollars but I get to drive.” I found my first boyfriend that day but truly gained the lifelong love for riding motorcycles. (Thanks, Johnny wherever you are.) Now, on my 6th motorcycle and 60,000 plus miles later, I am planning for one of my favorite destinations of the year: “Hells Canyon Motorcycle Rally.” This will be my 3rd trip to the Rally dreamed up by the infamous Steve Folkestad and I can’t wait to ride the Devil’s Tail again!
I love the people of Baker City and the people who come to the rally. I find the different routes challenging and they feed that free spirit inside that wakes saying “it’s time to make some miles!” The conversations with other riders are easy whether I’m at the Geiser Grand Hotel or standing under a tree waiting out a rain shower. I’ve gone to the rally by myself and with others and each time I found friends and cohorts who were there to ride. The real riders. We talk about the curves that pull you in like a bear hug and the farmers who stand on their driveways waving while their cows line the fence wondering how we gained our freedom as we ride by. The conditions vary from year to year, the scenery is soul stirring and the fun is what you make for yourself. You have to have it inside you and here, at this rally, it comes out with the ride! I look forward to meeting those of you willing to take on the adventure.
– Pam C.
Sitting back at work thinking about the great roads and time it was. My buddy Dave and I headed up from Long Beach, CA and had superb rides all the way. Oregon has some of the finest roads around and we were amazed that despite the weather Oregon roads were in great shape. Baker High School grass was pretty soft to sleep on and despite some of the winds, the weather couldn’t of been better. 2700 miles in 5.5 days. There was a guy taking photos on the Devils Tail, was he a vendor? I was wanting to view some of the photos if he is selling them. Please let me know and thanks again for a great Rally.
– Stu and Dave
PS. The Vendor Link
Our small group from British Columbia, Canada had a fantastic time at the Hells Canyon Motorcycle Rally in 2015; the first time for each of us. Despite the range of weather we experienced along the way (112F heat and incredible sunshine, wind with tumbleweed, torrential rain, sleet, thunder, and lightning) we all had a very memorable adventure. Spectacular scenery and beautiful roads, friendly people in each town and amazing food! Baker City and its people were welcoming and hospitable to the point that we are coming back again this year, 2016! We can hardly wait to ride the roads we didn’t get to ride last year and experience the event all over again! Thanks to all who make this event possible!
– Howard & June Olson & Friends
1257 miles for us. Whatta blast, and STILL after three years of going, rode some MORE roads we haven’t been on yet. That was after doing two rides while there this year, that we had never done before. Wow, always more reasons to come back!
HCMR, one of the best rides we have ever been on, Oregon Rocks with Beauty. Sweet Baker City, Oregon, No question we will be back next year…
This was my 4th or 5th Hells Canyon Rally the community rolls out the red carpet for all of us and we have a blast! The roads in and around that area our the best I’ve ever ridden!