Top Motorcycle Loop Routes Of The Okanogan/Okanagan

These routes are greatly enjoyed by motorcyclists but are very much a draw for bicyclists as well as passengers in cars and motor homes, and even travelers with trailers. Do top off your fuel tanks and bring bottled water as conveniences are refreshingly sparse!

Crossed by an international border, the northern end of Washington State’s Okanogan Valley and the southern end of Canada’s Okanagan Valley offer an abundance of natural attractions and man-made amenities, forming a single geographical region that we like to call the Okanogan Okanagan. Sparsely traveled, winding back roads, scenic vistas and a sprinkling of stops for food, fuel and libations make the Okanogan and Okanagan a biker’s dream. Wildlife in these parts includes a wide range of colorful bird species such as gold finches, blue birds, red-winged blackbirds and orioles plus several species of hummingbirds, and a variety of woodpeckers, hawks and owls. You may encounter whitetail and mule deer, bighorn sheep and less often, a wild turkey, elk or moose.

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All roads along these suggested routes are two-lane, paved and maintained through riding season. Most have gravel shoulders and periodic turn-outs. Speed limits range from 15 mph (24 km/h) on curves to 50 mph (80 km/h) on straightaways. Trip times and distances are approximate. U.S. routes begin in Oroville and Canadian routes begin in Osoyoos. Should you wish to wander off the route, interesting detours are noted. Take ordinary rural riding precautions, such as looking out for small creatures darting across your path, fallen rock and, patches of rough road (usually marked). Depending on the season and temperatures, there may be icy patches in spots where narrow roads are lined with steep cliffs.

Please note: Canada’s strict enforcement of certain infractions considers a DUI (and numerous other offenses) a felony. If your record contains a felony by Canada’s definition, you may not be able to cross the border and will have to stick to the US-only routes of the Northern Okanogan. Click on “Border Crossing” for more information.

US Routes

Many consider Washington’s Okanogan Highlands the state’s most beautiful region. Reached from the gateway towns of Oroville, Tonasket and Republic, these picturesque roads are a landscape of wide upland valleys with sunny meadows bracketed by stands of evergreens and punctuated by scenic lakes and rivers. Whatever season you travel to the Okanogan Highlands, the colors are brilliant; emerald in the spring, a patchwork during the growing season and set off by the golden tamaracks and aspens in autumn.

 

Route 1
Oroville-Molson-Chesaw-Havillah-Tonasket-Oroville
(2 hours, 71 miles)

Route 2
Oroville-Chesaw-Bonaparte Lake-Tonasket-Oroville
(2 hours 10 minutes, 79 miles)

Route 3
Oroville-Chesaw-Bodie-Wauconda-Tonasket-Oroville
(2 hours 20 minutes, 88 miles)

Route 4
Oroville-Tonasket-Wauconda-Republic-Curlew-Chesaw-Oroville
(3 hours 20 minutes, 132 miles)

Route 5
Oroville-Palmer Lake–Nighthawk-Loomis-Spectacle & Whitestone Lakes-Oroville
(2 hours 59 miles)

Canadian Routes

Without the aquamarine waters of a Florida or a blazing desert like Death Valley within its borders, for Canada, the southern environs of eastern British Colombia are as warm as it gets. It’s the country’s largest producer of cherries and peaches. Over the past two decades, a premium wine region with appellation designations has sprung up in this desert climate, turning it into a booming tourist magnet for Canadians, especially weekend vacationers from Vancouver, and increasingly international visitors. Because Lake Osoyoos is Canada’s warmest lake, the area has long been popular with families, but today, packed with boutique wineries, golf courses and a growing reputation for adventure sports, the southern Okanagan Valley is a vacation destination transformed. These routes through the region’s back roads continue the scenic and pristine landscape of Washington’s northern Okanogan.

Route 6
Osoyoos-Keremeos-Twin Lakes-Okanagan Falls-Whitelake Rd-Hwy97-Osoyoos
(1 hour 30 minutes 80 miles)

Route 7
Oroville-Osoyoos Border Crossing-Hwy 3-Nighthawk Border Crossing-Oroville
(1 hour 36 miles)