Vance Creek Railriders - Pedal The Rails!

Welcome to Vance Creek Railriders

Our Grand Opening Season
will start May 21st, 2018!

Online Booking Available Now!


  Pedal the Rails with

your family and friends!

OPEN – May 21st  through October 5th

 7 days a week through the first of July

Departures at 9am,  Noon,  & 3pm

July through October excursions 5 days a week

Check our Facebook page for schedule updates

Remember to bring plenty of water, a light jacket or sweater if needed, sun protection, water and camera.


Click play to watch a video about the Railriders, this video features the Joseph Branch Railriders.

Enjoy the unique experience of pedaling the historic Simpson Timber Railway in Washington’s beautiful Olympic Peninsula.  Nature enthusiasts, birders, cyclists, and rail fans are sure to relish the peace and tranquility of our trip.

Vance Creek Railriders is just scratching the Railriders surface. Complete the Railrider adventure circuit by experiencing the two trip options with the Joseph Branch Railriders in Joseph, Oregon and the Bay City to Tillamook two hour pedal on the Oregon Coast.  Learn more About Railriders.     Visit our FAQ page for answers to common questions we receive.

We do not allow animals to ride with you on your adventure.

For the safely of our guests the maximum weight allowed is 280 pounds per person. 

Help us protect the forest, Smoking is strictly prohibited while visiting the Railriders.

Vance Creek Railriders
  • 2.5 hour, 14mile round trip departing at 9 AM, Noon, & 3 PM
  • Tickets: $24/Guest 12+,  $12/Guest under 12
    Book early online for guaranteed seats, if available – tickets may be purchased on-site.
  • The tracks trek through lush forest, crossing over and winding along creeks, ferns and moss majestically skirt the tracks
  • Great for guests of all ages, with the youngest in car seats
  • Pedal assist from the guide is available upon request
  •  Please read the additional details for this adventure below, and visit our Camp 1 to Shelton Trip page to learn even more about this trip.

Booking A Reservation
Please use a “Book A Reservation” button to book your reservation online.  This is the most convenient method for booking as you will also agree to our wavier and will not need to complete one on site. If you require assistance with our online reservations please email (our preferred contact method) or call between the hours of 8AM and 4PM Monday-Friday (541)519-2162. Please leave a message if you don’t reach us, we will reply to your message during business hours. We are closed Saturday and Sunday.


Same Day Reservations

For Same Day Reservations Please call or visit us at least 30 minutes prior to your desired departure time.

Reserved  tickets have priority.  Onsite ticket sales are limited to seat availability as our rides fill up fast.

You may buy tickets at our departure site located at 421 W. Hanks Lake Road, Shelton, WA  98584 Or call 541-519-2162. Please leave a message if you don’t reach us. We will reply to your message during business hours.  We are closed Tuesday and Wednesday. We are 8 miles West of Hwy 101. Please cross the tracks and turn at the next gate on the left for our parking area.  If available; both same day and future tickets may be purchased at this location.

Additional Trip Details

Camp  1  to Shelton 2.5hr Round Trip
This is a physical adventure. With a leisurely pace most guests are able to pedal the average .75% grade back up to Camp 1. However if needed your guide can provide a pedal assist by request on your return trip, you’ll tell your guide day of. You will continue to pedal but the assist will lessen the challenge.  It’s a good idea to conserve your energy to Shelton and pace yourself on your return to Camp 1. Setting a comfortable pace, pedal rhythm, and taking brief rests are key to keeping the return leg fun and enjoyable. You will be victorious upon arrival.

Chidren under 12 must be accompanied by an adult on their Railrider.  Young children may not be able to provide much help with pedaling if their legs aren’t long enough.  We can usually get them close enough to touch but not always to pedal. The typical age to be able to help is at least 6-8 years old depending on leg length.  Smaller children who can’t touch or are known to be a wiggle worm are best to use a car seat.  All of our Railriders seat 4 guests.

Visit our FAQ page for answers to common questions. Each Railrider has a basket for small belongings and you are able to hang a backpack on the back of your seat.  Each seat has two cup holders that fit most 20 oz water bottles. Remember to bring water,  weather gear (sunscreen, umbrella, hat, jacket, ponchos etc), a camera, and your adventurous spirit.  CLICK HERE for specific details about this adventure and to learn more about things to see and do in Shelton.

CHECK-IN:  If you have not paid for your reservation please visit us at our departure site at 421 W. Hanks Lake Road, Shelton, WA  98584  at least 40 minutes prior to your departure or anytime throughout the day prior to your departure if you would like to get your payment and paperwork out of the way.

If you have prepaid please arrive 30 minutes prior to your departure. (35 minutes prior if your party requires the use of your car seat)

Vance Creek Railriders Welcomes Groups

We welcome large groups; families, business team building, special interest,  schools etc. Visit our Reservation Info & Policies page for details regarding our reservation system and our cancellation policies.

In addition to Vance Creek Railriders, also check out our, JOSEPH BRANCH RAILRIDERS and OREGON COAST RAILRIDERS.  Pedal the historic Joseph Branch Railroad for either a 2 hour or 6 hour adventure with the majestic backdrop of the Wallowa mountains or visit the coast and pedal Bay City to Tillamook for a 2 hour adventure over estuaries, numerous historic rail road trestles and farm land.  Either are an ideal way to get away from it all and see lots of wildlife.   Be sure to check out the Eagle Cap Excursion Train departing Elgin, Oregon and the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad train that travels North of Garibaldi.