Scientists say prehistoric glacial floods sent water, sediment and very large rocks rushing through what we now call the Columbia Gorge and the Willamette Valley. One of those rocks erratically found its way to a spot southwest of McMinnville, Oregon. That rock makes a great destination for this popular 17-mile ride from downtown McMinnville.
This route starts on McMinnville’s famous Third Street where there are multiple food and drink choices. Grab some nutrition, water and perhaps a cup of coffee to get yourself started.
A route dips across the Linfield College campus and picks up Baker Street for a quarter mile. It then turns right for an enjoyable and relatively flat ride across the Yamhill County countryside. Once you find the Erratic Rock, take a picture and head back to town.
Looking for a little more challenge? Our map includes a short detour over Youngberg Hill. It will add almost two miles to the ride and a couple of uphill roads that may challenge the inexperienced. Not interested? Retrace your route.
Once you return to McMinnville, choose from every kind of food and drink imaginable. If your meal requires a craft beer, consider McMenamins Hotel Oregon, Golden Valley Brewery or Grain Station Brew Works.
See the route plus food and drink options using this Ride With GPS map: bit.ly/2VCFb2J