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.
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.