March 2014 – Biking to Rogue Farms Hopyard in Independence
Biking to Rogue Hopyard, in Independence, should be a requirement for any cycling enthusiast that lives in the Willamette Valley. There are a number of route options, all beautiful and relatively secluded, and the end point is a unique and eccentric farm hopyard, complete with jars of beer and games like corn hole and giant scrabble to entertain you while drinking a delicious pint of their famous Dead Guy Ale, or my personal favorite, the 7 Hop IPA.
The route options from Salem are numerous. You head out of West Salem on the Salem Dallas Highway, take the bike overpass at Oak Knoll golf course to Rickreall Road, turn left on Greenwood Road, which meets up with the Independence Highway. Take that through Independence until you hit Buena Vista Road and turn left, and then just follow the signs to Rogue Farms Hopyard.
You can also head out of South Salem on River Road, turn left on the Independence Highway, turn left on Buena Vista Road, and then just follow the signs.
Finally, there are some beautiful scenic roads in South Salem’s Ankeny Wildlife Refuge via Liberty, Sidney road, and Buena Vista road (a part of the Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway), which takes you across the Buena Vista Ferry to get to the Hopyard.
All these routes are great; my personal favorite is taking the Buena Vista Ferry because the roads are nearly empty, and the farmland and nature refuge you drive through are breathtaking. However, the picture narrative that follows is based on the first option, taking the Salem Dallas Highway. Enjoy.
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