Oregon State Route 22, the ‘Three Rivers Highway’

I rode Oregon Route 22 out of Hebo with part of our group returning to Beaverton (outside Portland) from Beaver (along 101). Oregon 22 is a very picturesque road with lots of trees and interesting geology lining it. While most of the road was 40-50mph sweepers, some of the corners were surprisingly abrupt 90-degree right angles more frequently seen on back-country ‘farm-to-market’ roads.

OR22 has a decent road surface, but very few long straights for passing. I distinctly recall having difficulty finding a spot to pass the preceding rider in a safe and legal manner. This is not to say that Oregon DoT was over-liberal in their use of double yellows, but rather that the straights were often far too short to pass other motorcyclists who crawl through corners and pin the throttle on the straights.

OR22 (together with OR18) is the easy road between US101 and points east for this area. A more-challenging road is to be found in the Nestucca Valley Road.

One point of particular interest to aeronautic and aircraft enthusiasts, The Evergreen Flight Musuem located in McMinnville, Oregon is just off Highway 18 along this route east. An immense glass and brick building with many WW2 and early-Cold War aircraft, it’s certainly a site worth visiting.

  • Towns: Cloverdale, Dolph, Grande Ronde
  • Length: 25
  • Counties: Tillamook, Yamhill

Overview Map of Oregon Highway 22, Hebo to Valley Junction:
Overview Map of Oregon 22

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