Oregon Gravel

Here you will find some of the best gravel rides in Oregon. Blue pins link out to “5 Star” routes, red pins link out to an index of “Training Routes“.

Below the map, is a alphabetical listing of all routes and a short route summary of each ride with a clickable link to more detailed information. Search is also available via our database page.

Route Index

4 Boys!

A highly variable (and fun!!) route with over 20 different sectors ranging from paved road, to gravel road, to doubletrack, to singletrack, to paved bike path.
Loop: 46 miles / 2500 feet
Surface:  ~ 10% paved, 30% gravel / dirt road, 30% single track, 30% paved bike path
Difficulty: Moderate+
Where: Bend, OR

7 Mile Hill

Ride the closed to cars section of the historic Columbia River Highway, pass through the Mosier tunnels, climb a big hill, and grind the gravel past orchard farms. 
Loop: 41 miles / 3600 feet
Surface: ~ 93% paved, 7% gravel road
Difficulty: Moderate
Where: Hood River, OR

Alpaca

If seeing alpacas isn’t a good enough reason to get on a bike, how about sweeping views of Mt Bachelor and the Three Sisters. Or a whole lot of gravel roads slicing through farms and BLM land?
Loop: 45 miles / 1700 feet
Surface: ~ 35% paved, 65% gravel road
Difficulty: Moderate
Where: Tumalo, OR

Bend Training Routes

A listing of routes that do not meet our 5 Star criteria (but are still really fun to ride) or have not been fully investigate by us. Many of the routes have been contributed by local Bend riders. The descriptions are brief, the mapping detail is less and the route accuracy is not guaranteed.

(The) Big One6

Rolling hills, big views, good pavement, little traffic, cool geology and a scenic lake. This ride “goes” almost year-round. 
Out & Back: 30 miles / 2400 feet
Surface: ~ 80% paved, 20% gravel road
Difficulty: Moderate
Where: ~ Madras, OR

Big Red

This ride is easy like Sunday Morning. But it’s well worth the drive to La Pine for the river views … and the visit to Big Red (the oldest and largest Ponderosa tree in Oregon). 
Lollipop: 17 miles / 500 feet
Surface: ~ 35% paved, 65% gravel road / double-track / single-track
Difficulty: Easier+
Where: La Pine, OR

Big Summit Prairie Loop

Short

A mix of scenic mountain prairie and  Ponderosa forest. A classic spring ride.
Loop: 48 miles /  3800 feet
Surface: ~ 65% paved, 45% gravel road
Difficulty: Moderate
Where: ~ 30 minutes east of Prineville, OR

Long

The short version + more gravel + more distance + more elevation!
Loop: 69 miles / 4900 feet
Surface: ~ 40% paved, 60% gravel road
Difficulty: Moderate
Where: ~ 30 minutes east of Prineville, OR

Billy’s Playground

Short

Mountains, lakes, rivers and creeks and pure fun!
Loop: 67 miles / 3800 feet
Surface: ~ 50% paved, 50% gravel / dirt road
Difficulty: Moderate
Where: Sisters, OR

Long

Less gravel, more distance!
Loop: 97 miles / 5300 feet
Surface: ~ 70% paved, 30% gravel road
Difficulty: Advanced
Where: Sisters, OR

Bonanza

A route full of history, rolling hills, and sweeping views. Best ridden in the spring when the creeks run full. 
Lollipop: 51 miles / 3200 feet
Surface: 100% gravel road
Difficulty: Moderate
Where: ~ Brothers, OR

Brickhouse

If you are craving steep climbs then pull out that polka dot jersey and head to the Brickhouse route. This is a good summer route as it offers up a lot of shade. 
Lollipop: 33 miles / 4300 feet
Surface: ~ 50% paved, 50% gravel
Difficulty: Moderate
Where: ~ 20 min east of Detroit, OR

Catch & Release!

Circumnavigate the Freemont Canyon with a classic wilderness crossing of Wyches creek.
Loop: 37 miles / 1700 feet
Surface: ~ 60% paved, 40% gravel road
Difficulty: Advanced
Where: Sisters, OR

Corvallis / Eugene Training Routes

A listing of routes that do not meet our 5 Star criteria (but are still really fun to ride) or have not been fully investigate by us. Many of the routes have been contributed by local riders. The descriptions are brief, the mapping detail is less and the route accuracy is not guaranteed.

Dandelion

A really fun entry ride into the Oregon gravel / adventure scene.
Loop: 22 miles / 2400 feet
Surface: ~ 55% paved, 45% gravel road
Difficulty: Easier+
Where: Fossil, OR

Donnybrook

Explore one of the most remote parts of Oregon. Expansive. Big. Scenic. Demanding.
Loop: 54 miles / 4400 feet
Surface: ~ 65% paved, 35% gravel
Difficulty: Advanced
Where: ~ 15 minutes northeast of Madras, OR

Ghost of Ashwood

Ride through some of the most scenic ranching country in all of Oregon!!
Loop: 44 miles / 4300 feet
Surface: ~ 45% paved, 55% gravel
Difficulty: Moderate
Where: ~ Madras, OR

GravelCracker

60

Explore one of the most diverse and scenic areas to ride in Central Oregon. Nothing too extreme. This ride is a true favorite!
Loop: 58 miles / 2900 feet
Surface: ~ 30% paved, 50% gravel / dirt roads, 20% single-track
Difficulty: Moderate
Where: Sisters, OR

85

The ‘big brother” to the 60. This includes a traverse along the southeast shoulder of Mt. Jefferson through the 2003 B&B Complex burn area.
Loop: 85 miles / 5200 feet
Surface: ~ 35% paved, 55% gravel / dirt road, 10% single-track
Difficulty: Advanced
Where: Sisters, OR

Happy Valley

Craters of the Moon Outstanding Natural area, a big beautiful valley, and old ranch houses. What more could you ask for? Yes … it is remote!
Loop: 44 miles / 1500 feet
Surface: ~ 65% paved, 35% gravel
Difficulty: Easier+
Where: ~ 45 min south of Burns, OR

Hood River Training Routes

A listing of routes that do not meet our 5 Star criteria (but are still really fun to ride) or have not been fully investigate by us. Many of the routes have been contributed by local Hood River riders. The descriptions are brief, the mapping detail is less and the route accuracy is not guaranteed.

Horn of the Metolius

A remote and demanding ride with unparalleled beauty. It explores the “Horn” of the Metolius river — the area defined by a sweeping 25 mile bend in the river.
Loop: 53 miles / 4500 feet
Surface: ~ 10% paved 80% gravel / dirt road, 10% single track
Difficulty: Advanced
Where: ~ Camp Sherman, OR

Horse to Horse

One of the best, if not the best, winter gravel rides in the Bend area.
Loop: 38 miles / 1800 feet
Surface: ~ 40% paved, 45% gravel / dirt road, 10% Roubaix (broken pavement), 5% single track
Difficulty: Moderate
Where: Bend, OR

In Plain View

Short

Big mountain views, all gravel.  A classic winter ride.
Loop: 23 miles / 830 feet
Surface: ~ 5% paved, 95% gravel
Difficulty: Easier
Where: Bend, OR

Long

Big mountain views, with a little more mileage and some pavement.  A classic winter ride.
Loop: 33 miles / 1200 feet
Surface: ~ 20% paved, 80% gravel / dirt roads
Difficulty: Moderate
Where: Bend, OR

Into the Horn

If you hear the Call of the Wild whispering your name, this is your route. A good balance of adventure, big views, beautiful red ponderosas and a 50/50 mix of hard pack gravel and primitive forest service roads. Few rides take you to such a remote area.
Loop: 43 miles / 3500 feet
Surface: ~ 50 / 50 split between primitive Forest Service roads and hard pack gravel roads
Difficulty: Advanced
Where: ~ Sisters, OR

Jailbreak

Roll up and over the Baldwin hills, through some of Oregon’s wild country and past several remote and scenic farms. Then a long, gradual descent back with outstanding views of the Cascade mountains.
Loop: 33 miles / 2400 feet
Surface: ~ 15% paved, 85% gravel
Difficulty: Moderate–
Where: Madras, OR

Lush!

Majestic stands of ponderosa pine, wildflower filled meadows and expansive oceans of of grass. A 5 Star spring time ride!
Loop: 31 miles / 3300 feet
Surface: ~ 5% paved, 95% gravel
Difficulty: Moderate
Where: ~ Prineville, OR

Macks Canyon

A windy dirt road that clings to the banks of the Deschutes River offering up big views in a remote area of Oregon.
Lollipop: 34 miles / 950 feet
Surface: ~ 5% paved, 95% gravel
Difficulty: Easier
Where: ~ Maupin, OR

McKay Creek Lollipop

A classic (4.5+ star) spring time ride! Wildflowers, flowing streams, green grasses and just pure fun.
Lollipop: 38 miles / 3700 feet
Surface: ~ 45% paved, 55% gravel
Difficulty: Moderate
Where: Prineville, OR

Mitch & Walt

A big ride, with big returns!  Great views, lightly traveled roads, and a mid-ride stop in Mitchell, OR.
Loop: 64 miles / 5600 feet
Surface: ~ 45% paved, 55% gravel
Difficulty: Advanced
Where: About 20 minutes east of Prineville, OR

Motown

A ride with a big beat! Roll along Detroit Lake, climb to the Basalt Cliffs. Well worth the drive.
Lollipop: 41 miles / 3900 feet
Surface: ~ 60% paved, 40% gravel
Difficulty: Moderate
Where: Detroit, OR

Oktoberfest

One of our favorite fall rides in the Bend area. Colors! Good gravel roads!
Loop: 36 miles / 2200 feet
Surface: 100% gravel / dirt roads
Difficulty: Moderate
Where: Bend, OR

O’Leary Landslide Loop

A big climb! Beautiful views! And one of the best gravel descents in the region!
Loop: 56 miles / 5500 feet
Surface: ~ 30% paved, 25% Roubaix (broken pavement), 45% gravel
Difficulty: Advanced
Where: McKenzie Bridge, OR

Over the Rainbow

Miles of old railway grade. Scenic river views. A one lane tunnel. And … a whole bunch of fun!!
Loop: 41 miles / 1900 feet
Surface: ~ 65 % paved, 35% gravel / double track, 10% single track
Difficulty: Advanced
Where: Madras, OR

Path of Totality

Gorgeous lakes, two buttes, an old railroad grade and a super cool descent!
Lollipop: 41 miles / 3000 feet
Surface: ~ 75% paved, 10% gravel, 15% double track –> single track –> double track
Difficulty: Moderate+
Where: ~ 15 min from Madras, OR

Portland Training Routes

A listing of routes that do not meet our 5 Star criteria (but are still really fun to ride) or have not been fully investigate by us. Many of the routes have been contributed by local riders. The descriptions are brief, the mapping detail is less and the route accuracy is not guaranteed.

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35

Some of the best gravel in Central Oregon gravel.  Attack the 9-mile climb that gives back huge sweeping views of the Crooked River plains.
Loop: 35 miles / 2900 feet
Surface: ~ 20% paved, 80% gravel
Difficulty: Moderate
Where: Post, OR

46

Still, some of the best gravel in Central Oregon gravel.  A more meandering climb, but more distance!
Loop: 46 miles / 3000 feet
Surface: ~ 20% paved, 80% gravel
Difficulty: Moderate
Where: Post, OR

Priest Hole

Painted Hills + the John Day River = Kick Butt gorgeous
Loop: 42 miles / 3500 feet
Surface: ~ 50% paved, 50% gravel
Difficulty: Moderate
Where: Mitchell, OR

Quick & Dirty

A great after work ride. Close to town and short!
Loop: 20 miles / 1300 feet
Surface: ~ 10% paved, 90% gravel
Difficulty: Moderate
Where: Bend, OR

Sherman’s March

The Camp Sherman area is one of the most diverse and scenic areas to ride in Central Oregon. Pure heaven!
Loop: 52 miles / 4000 feet (Several shorter options are detailed in the route description.)
Surface: ~ 30% paved, 60% gravel, 10% single-track sector
Difficulty: Moderate
Where: Camp Sherman, OR

Steens Mountain Loop Road

The Steens Mountain Loop Road departs the tiny, historic town of Frenchglen and climbs up Oregon’s eighth-tallest mountain on a tour of massive gorges, vast panoramas and one of the most spectacular lakes in the Pacific Northwest.
Loop: 71 miles / 7100 feet
Surface: ~ 15% paved, 85% gravel
Difficulty: Advanced
Where: ~ 1 hours south of Burns, OR

The Pyramids

You haven’t heard of the great Pyramids of Oregon? We really have it all…. this ride takes you to see the Three Pyramids Mountains and through some amazing scenery.
Loop: 22 miles / 2200 feet
Surface: ~ 20% paved, 75% gravel, 5% single-track
Difficulty: Advanced
Where: ~ 35 min west of Sisters, OR

Townie

Bend has a number of super secret little paths, many of them are gravel and a few follow canal roads. So while this route isn’t in the mold of one of our classic five star rides, we recommend you give it a go.
Loop: 14 miles / 500 feet
Surface: ~ 10% paved, 55% gravel, 5% single track, 30% paved bike path
Difficulty: Easier
Where: Bend, OR

Twin Bridges Gravel

The classic Twin Bridges route with a bit of Oregon gravel thrown in!
Loop: 40 miles / 1800 feet
Surface: ~ 55% paved, 45% gravel
Difficulty: Easier
Where: Bend, OR

Two Bulls, One Indian

The real deal.  Demanding, steep, and off the beaten track.  So good.
Loop: 58 miles / 3800 feet
Surface: ~ 50% paved, 50% gravel
Difficulty: Moderate
Where: Bend, OR

Water & Lava

The best entry-level gravel / adventure ride in the area. Absolutely beautiful.
Loop: 30 miles / 1400 feet
Surface: ~ 25% paved, 45% gravel, 15% single track, 15% paved bike path
Difficulty: Easier+
Where: Bend, OR

Westside Tour

Another great entry-level ride that wanders past / through: First Street rapids, the North River trail, Shevlin Park, Phil’s Trailhead, Good Dog Park, River Bend Park, Miller Park, and Drake Park.
Loop: 25 miles / 1300 feet
Surface: ~ 25% paved, 50% gravel, 5% single track, 20% paved bike path
Difficulty: Easier+
Where: Bend, OR

White River Loop

An amazing mixed gravel route that circumnavigates the White River, meanders along the Deschutes river for 10 miles, and offers up big mountain views.
Loop: 50 miles / 3100 feet
Surface: ~ 70% paved, 30% gravel
Difficulty: Moderate
Where: Maupin, OR