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NEW! More eBike Friendly Gravel Routes at Dirty Freehub

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This trail info is courtesy of our friends at Dirty Freehub, theses bike rides throughout Central Oregon are mainly gravel routes and approved for e-bikes. These routes do not interact with non-ebike trails. Have fun out there and stay tuned for new routes as they become available. Thank you Dirty Freehub!

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Quick & Dirty

Adventure / Gravel Route

Loop: 20 miles / 1300 ft gain
– Gravel (mostly, ~1.5 miles of pavement)
– Course by: Captain “O”
– Location: Bend, OR

Difficulty: For the experienced beginner. Can have some loose and sandy sections.

The Start: At the Shevlin Commons public parking area, just off Skyliner road.

Alpaca

Adventure / Gravel Route

– Loop : 45 miles / 1700 ft gain
– Mixed route: ~ 65% gravel
– Location: Tumalo, Oregon
– Rideable: Fall, Winter, Spring. This route needs moisture in the soil. Avoid when its dry and dusty!
– Course by: Captain “O”

Difficulty: Moderate–. Due to the “pump and chunk” section.

The Start: Downtown Tumalo.  Tumalo Coffeehouse.

Two Bulls

Adventure / Gravel Route

– Loop: 58 miles / 3800 ft gain
– Mixed route: ~ 50% gravel, 2 sectors
– Location: Bend, OR
– Rideable: late spring thru fall
– Course by: Captain “O”

Difficulty: Intermediate

The Start: Shevlin Park

Plainview

Adventure / Gravel Route

Loop: 33 miles / 1200 ft gain
– Style: Mixed (3 gravel / double-track sectors, 26 miles total)**
– Course by: Captain “O”
– Location: Bend, OR

Difficulty: For the intermediate adventure / gravel rider. Some areas may be soft and parts of the Brooks – Scanlon Logging road demand attention due to the rocks that are larger than gravel.

The Start: Shevlin Park

 

The Big One6

Adventure / Gravel Route

– Out & Back: 30 miles / 2400 ft gain
– Mixed route: ~ 20% gravel
– Location: ~ Madras, Oregon
– Rideable: All year
– Route Author: Captain “O”

Difficulty: Moderate. Rolling hills, with one gravel pitch of a mile that is ~ 10% with a short section of 16%.

The Start: Warm Springs boat ramp on the east side of the Deschutes River off of State Highway 26.

Jailbreak

Adventure / Gravel Route

– Loop: 33 miles / 2400 ft gain
– Mixed route: ~ 85% gravel
– Location: Madras, Oregon
– Rideable: Spring through Fall. Avoid when wet!
– Course by: Captain “O”

Difficulty: Moderate–. Some punchy hills and a long continues descent.

The Start: Juniper Hill park. Flush toilets.

Ghost of Ashwood

Adventure / Gravel Route

– Loop: 44 miles / 4300 ft gain
– Mixed route: 1 gravel sector, 26 miles long @ mile 3.2
– Location: ~ 15 min northeast of Madras, Oregon
– Best ridden: late Spring through Fall
– Course by: Captain “O”

Difficulty: Intermediate – due to distance, elevation gain, and two somewhat gravel technical descents. As Gravel Girl said after the ride, this “is a demanding intermediate ride, there are no easy parts.”

The Start: At the intersection of US Highway 97 and NW Pony Butte Road. Look for the road maker to “Ashwood” and the red barn on the west side of the road.  There is a dirt parking lot on the east side of the highway. About 15 miles northeast of Madras.

  

Bonanza

Adventure / Gravel Route

– Lollipop : 51 miles / 3200 ft gain
– Style: Gravel
– Location: Brothers, OR (~ 1hr drive from Bend)
– Best ridden: Spring (when the creeks are flowing)
– Course by: BenG

Difficulty: Intermediate: Due to (a) 50+ miles of gravel and (b) a 1-mile pitch up of 10+ % followed by a 1-mile pitch down of 10+ %.

Donnybrook

Adventure / Gravel Route
– Loop: 54 miles / 4400 ft gain
– Style: Mixed (1 gravel sector, 19 miles total)[tooltip tip=”For more detailed sector info, click on View Full Version on map (below).”]**[/tooltip]
– Course by: Captain “O”
– Location: ~ 15 minutes northeast of Madras, OR

Difficulty: Advanced. Due to distance, elevation gain, grades of climbing in excess of 8% and the technical demands of the gravel sector.

Into the Horn

Adventure / Gravel Route

– Loop : 43 miles / 3500 ft gain
– Gravel route: ~ 50 / 50 split between primitive Forest Service roads and hard pack gravel roads
– Location: ~ Sistes, Oregon
– Rideable: Spring thru fall. Summer can be hot and dusty and with some vehicles on the hard packed gravel.
– Course by: Captain “O”

Difficulty: Advanced. Due to (a) the remote location of the ride (i.e. no cell phone coverage), (b) the primitive Forest Service roads with some technical features and (c) the maze of roads in the area requiring excellent navigation skills.

The Start: At the end of the paved section of NF-11, ~ 10.5 miles north of Highway 20.

Lush

Adventure / Gravel Route

– Loop: 31 miles / 3300 ft gain
– Surface: ~ 93% gravel, 7% paved
– eBike Friendly: No
– Location: ~ 35 minutes east of Prineville, Oregon
– Course by: Captain “O”

Difficulty: Moderate

McKay Creek Lollipop

Adventure / Gravel Route

– Lollipop: 38 miles / 3700 ft gain
– Mixed route: 2 gravel sectors,  20.5 miles total
– Location: ~ 12 miles north of Prineville, OR
– Best Ridden: Late spring, when the creeks run full and the flowers are in bloom. October, when the leaves are changing color.
– Course by: Captain “O”

Difficulty: Intermediate

The Start: The intersection of McKay Creek road and Allen Creek road. Park on the dirt shoulder on the north side of the intersection.

Post 35

Adventure / Gravel Route

– Loop: 35 miles / 2900 ft gain
– Mixed route: 1 gravel sector (29 miles long / @ mile 5)
– Course by: Captain “O”
– Location: Post, OR (25 miles south east of Prineville)

Difficulty: For intermediate adventure / gravel riders.

The Start: The Post General store, Highway 380, 25 miles south east of Prineville. Park at the far eastern end of the parking lot. This is a private parking lot, so it is imperative that you get permission from the store management to park there (see Stefanie). Also, for the courtesy or parking there, I recommend getting a ball cap or one of their shakes!