Palouse region / 13 miles / 591 ft total climb
Here’s good ride out of Colton for a snowy day. The loop is very low traffic (a plus if you choose to ride in less than fair weather), and it takes you by some cool old farmhouses to check out as you pedal. You can park on the roadside on Steptoe St next to the cabinet shop or the post office. On the bike, head north on Steptoe out of Colton. You’ll ride past Saint Gall Church and the cemetery. Around 2.5 miles on Steptoe hang a right on Becker Rd and you hit gravel.
After about 1.5 miles on Becker look for another right on Bald Butte Rd. On Bald Butte you run into some dirt so beware Bald Butte on wet days. A little over three miles on Bald Butte brings you over the state line into Idaho and the road terminates at a T. Take a right onto Bauer Rd and ride it all the way back to Hwy 195. Take a right on 195 and head north back to Colton. It’s a short and hilly little loop.