What happens when 4 boys plan out a weekend fast gravel ride? You end up with a new route of course with a lot of “go fast, go hard” riding.
This route has a significant amount of “fun” high-speed single track and frequent changes in surface texture from gravel, to single track, to paved bike path to paved road.
This is a great “go to” ride in late fall and early spring in that it is rideable almost all year, the elevation never exceeds 4500 feet (excluding the climb to the top of Lava Butte, elevation 4970 feet). Also, the ride is easily modified to provide a shorter course and /or made technically easier by avoiding the singletrack by using nearby parallel roads.
**Adventure / Gravel Route
– Loop: 46 miles / 2500 ft gain
– Mixed: ~ 30% gravel, 8 gravel sectors / ~ 30% single track, 7 sectors / ~ 30% paved bike path, 3 sectors
– Rideable: mid-Spring thru late Fall
– Location: Bend, OR
– Route author: MikeH
– Date Posted: October 2017 (updated June 2018)
Intermediate+ / Advanced. The route has 7 single track sections, that are rated easy to intermediate for mountain bikes.
**Food / Water
@ mile 8 the Forest Service Visitor Center, @ mile 24 Lava Butte visitor center. Both are seasonally open (usually mid May to mid September).
**GPX Track File
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Red = paved road
Brown = gravel / dirt road
Blue = single-track
Purple = paved bike path