This is a nice loop trip one can take from La Grande through the scenic Blue Mountains to Anthony Lakes and back. There are no services available along the route. The loop is roughly 130 miles. Allow about four hours, and more time than that if you want to take more time seeing sights.
From La Grande, go west on Interstate 84 to Exit 252 for Ukiah. Take the exit and bear left on Oregon Highway 244. Go through Hilgard State Park and cross the Grande Ronde River. Head up river 12 miles to the junction with Grande Ronde River Road.
From the meadows the road enters forest country at a 20 mph left-hand corner and heads up hill 8.2 miles. It climbs gradually for a few miles as the quality of pavement is noticeably better, then heads more steadily upward toward Chicken Hill Summit. This is looking southeast just after you cross the summit.
View of the Elkhorns, looking south from Road 73. The road climbs steadily up the south-facing side of a high ridge, affording some great views along the way.
Baker Valley, looking southeast
Go through downtown Union, and when you reach the junction for La Grande, bear left on Oregon 203.