49.3 Miles (79.34 km)
- Distance: 49.3 Miles (79.34 km)
- Rating: 3-B, Desolate, gentile corners create a nice break from OR26, the more common route through the area. Ratings Explained »
- Travel: Either direction for best results
- Start: Kimberly, Oregon
- End: Mitchell, Oregon
- Fuel: Prineville, Oregon
Making your way from Kimberly to Mitchell, Oregon, the road is very similar to the other roads in the area. Gentle sweeping corners that follow the meanderings of the John Day River that runs alongside. But after a few miles, the river and the road part ways and you begin descending back towards OR26.
Turn left at the intersection and you'll be on a smaller, narrower and more enjoyable route that heads south. You'll cross the John Day River and follow a narrow canyon with small homes nestled into the lee of an adjacent cliff face. The road will continue with long, sweeping corners past Ponderosa Pine, scrubby sagebrush, red rock outcroppings and lumpy, rolling mountains. And sweeping corner back to the east leaves the road clinging to an exposed side-hill and some fun, banked corners that dance along before cresting a small hill and offering some pleasant views of the world below.
A little ways later the road aligns with Tamarack Creek before turning away and eventually connecting with Girds Creek as the road makes it's final run to Mitchell. Turn right (east) to head into Prineville for a full service town with restaurants, hotels and fuel.