Department of Transportation.
This 106-mile loop takes you through the Elkhorn Mountains,gold-mining ghost-towns, and along elegant lakes and rivers. You can learn a lot of history here, as well as enjoy hunting, fishing, camping, boating, skiing, and hiking in a picturesque setting.
Navigating the Byway:
**Driving the Byway** * Start on SR 53, also named the Blue Mountain Scenic Byway. * Turn at the junction with SR 73 and go southeast several miles to the town of Granite. * Drive through Granite. Continue east and through the town of Sumpter until the byway leaves the National Forest and turns north. * Drive through Baker City on US 30, passing through Haines until you reach North Powder. * Drive west along SR 53 until you return to your starting point at the junction with SR 73.