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.

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4 Boys!

You’ll be switching surfaces almost as fast as you switch gears: ranging from paved road, to gravel road, to doubletrack, to singletrack, to paved bike path.
Loop: 46 miles / 2500 feet
Surface:  ~ 30% gravel / dirt road, 30% single track, 30% paved bike path, 10% tarmac
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 the 7 mile hill, peak at Mt Hood, and grind the gravel past orchard farms.
Loop: 41 miles / 3600 feet
Surface: ~ 7% gravel road, 93% tarmac
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: ~ 65% gravel road, 35% tarmac
Difficulty: Moderate
Where: Tumalo, OR

Bend Training Routes

A listing of routes that either: (a) do not meet our 5 Star criteria (but are still really fun to ride) or (b) 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 and cue sheet 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: ~ 20% gravel road, 80% tarmac
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: ~ 65% gravel road / double-track / single-track, 35% tarmac
Difficulty: Easier+
Where: La Pine, OR

Big Summit Prairie Loop

Short

A mix of scenic mountain prairie and  Ponderosa forest. A classic spring ride which produces loads of flowers. Look out for the antelope and wild mustangs.
Loop: 48 miles /  3800 feet
Surface: ~ 45% gravel road, 55% tarmac
Difficulty: Moderate
Where: ~ 30 minutes east of Prineville, OR

Long

Take the short version of Big Summit Prairie and toss in more distance, more elevation, more gravel, and more wildlife.
Loop: 69 miles / 4900 feet
Surface: ~ 60% gravel road, 40% tarmac
Difficulty: Advanced
Where: ~ 30 minutes east of Prineville, OR

Billy’s Playground

Short

Mixture of ponderosa forest, views of the Cascade Mountains, views of Lake Billy Chinook, Mountains, and an old cemetery that is fun to blast through.
Loop: 67 miles / 3800 feet
Surface: ~ 50% gravel / dirt road, 50% tarmac
Difficulty: Moderate
Where: Sisters, OR

Long

Less gravel, more distance than Billy’s Playground Short! Perfect for former roadies …so you can dip your toes in the gravel pool but still hit some big distance.
Loop: 97 miles / 5300 feet
Surface: ~ 30% gravel road, 70% tarmac
Difficulty: Advanced
Where: Sisters, OR

Bonanza

We are sure LIttle Joe from Bonanza lives our here somewhere. 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% gravel, 50% tarmac
Difficulty: Moderate
Where: ~ 20 min east of Detroit, OR

Catch & Release!

Circumnavigate the Freemont Canyon with a classic wilderness crossing of Wyches creek. Hope you don’t mind wet feet
Loop: 37 miles / 1700 feet
Surface: ~ 40% gravel road, 60% tarmac
Difficulty: Advanced
Where: Sisters, OR

Corvallis / Eugene Training Routes

A listing of routes that either: (a) do not meet our 5 Star criteria (but are still really fun to ride) or (b) 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 and cue sheet accuracy is not guaranteed.

Dandelion

A really fun entry ride into the Oregon gravel / adventure scene, but it has a few punchy climbs. Town of Fossil is a gem.
Loop: 22 miles / 2400 feet
Surface: ~ 45% gravel road, 55% tarmac
Difficulty: Easier+
Where: Fossil, OR

Donnybrook

Looking for crickets, a few cows and loads of scenic riding: Explore one of the most remote parts of Oregon. Demanding.
Loop: 54 miles / 4400 feet
Surface: ~ 35% gravel, 65% tarmac
Difficulty: Advanced
Where: ~ 15 minutes northeast of Madras, OR

Ghost of Ashwood

Visit the ghost town of Ashwood founded in 1850 with glorious rolling farmland and cool rock formations.
Loop: 44 miles / 4300 feet
Surface: ~ 55% gravel, 45% tarmac
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: ~ 50% gravel / dirt roads, 20% single-track, 30% tarmac
Difficulty: Moderate
Where: Sisters, OR

85

The ‘big brother” to the GravelCracker 60. Includes a traverse along the southeast shoulder of Mt. Jefferson through the 2003 B&B Complex burn area. And a trip around Suttle Lake which adds in a water stop!
Loop: 85 miles / 5200 feet
Surface: ~ 55% gravel / dirt road, 10% single-track, 35% tarmac
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?
Loop: 44 miles / 1500 feet
Surface: ~ 35% gravel, 65% tarmac
Difficulty: Easier+
Where: ~ 45 min south of Burns, OR

Hood River Training Routes

A listing of routes that either: (a) do not meet our 5 Star criteria (but are still really fun to ride) or (b) 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 and cue sheet accuracy is not guaranteed.

Horn of the Metolius

Explores the “Horn” of the Metolius river — the area defined by a sweeping 25 mile bend in the river — an area designated as “Wild and Scenic.” It’s a hard ride, but you will love the river hugging views.
Loop: 53 miles / 4500 feet
Surface: ~ 80% gravel / dirt road, 10% single track, 10% tarmac
Difficulty: Advanced
Where: ~ Camp Sherman, OR

Horse to Horse

Great winter gravel ride right out our backdoor in Bend. Includes Horse Butte and Horse Ridge.
Loop: 38 miles / 1800 feet
Surface: ~ 45% gravel / dirt road, 10% Roubaix (broken pavement), 5% single track, 40% tarmac
Difficulty: Moderate
Where: Bend, OR

In Plain View

Short

Nothing plain about this ride, with bold views of the Sisters mountains. A classic fall / spring ride because you stay low.
Loop: 23 miles / 830 feet
Surface: ~ 95% gravel, 5% tarmac
Difficulty: Easier
Where: Bend, OR

Long

More views of the Sisters mountains and a little more mileage and pavement than In Plain View Short. A classic fall / spring ride because you stay low.
Loop: 33 miles / 1200 feet
Surface: ~ 80% gravel / dirt roads, 20% tarmac
Difficulty: Moderate
Where: Bend, OR

Into the Horn

Hear the Call of the Wild whispering your name? This route defines adventure; loads of wildlife, bold views and primitive forest roads.
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 historic farms. Then a long, gradual descent back with outstanding views of the Cascade mountains.
Loop: 33 miles / 2400 feet
Surface: ~ 85% gravel road, 15% tarmac
Difficulty: Moderate–
Where: Madras, OR

Kloochman

A mixed gravel century (almost a century) that includes the Crooked River Canyon scenic bikeway, the Maury Mountains, and the Post / Paulina road. This ride links two of the best paved roads in Central Oregon with a gravel segment through ranching and farming country and some national forest.
Loop: 92 miles / 4400 feet
Surface: ~ 40% gravel road, 60% tarmac
Difficulty: Advanced
Where: Prineville, OR

La Grande Training Routes

A listing of routes that either: (a) do not meet our 5 Star criteria (but are still really fun to ride) or (b) 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 and cue sheet accuracy is not guaranteed.

Laurance Lake

 A big, north facing view of Mt Hood is the whole reason to head up to Laurance Lake … that’s if the mountain is cooperating for the day. This route is a whole lot of pavement, mixed in with a smidge of gravel making it a perfect course for gravel newbies.
Out & Back: 20 miles / 2200 feet
Surface: ~ 85% gravel road, 15% tarmac
Difficulty: Easier+
Where: ~ Hood River, OR

Lost!

Lost: it’s the name of the lake you are headed to … with one of the most iconic photo opportunities in Oregon. And while Lost Lake has surely been found, very few people (cars or cyclists) are on the route – a derivative of the classic Vista Ridge road ride. This is a must do ride if you are in the area.
Loop: 57 miles / 5800 feet
Surface: ~ 14% gravel, 36% Roubaix, 50% paved
Difficulty: Moderate+
Where: ~ Hood River, OR

Lush!

Majestic stands of ponderosa pine, wildflower filled meadows and expansive oceans of grass. Perfect for spring!
Loop: 31 miles / 3300 feet
Surface: ~ 95% gravel road, 5% tarmac
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. A simple out and back.
Lollipop: 34 miles / 950 feet
Surface: ~ 95% gravel road, 5% tarmac
Difficulty: Easier
Where: ~ Maupin, OR

Major Enoch

A circumnavigation of the 40 million-year-old Wildcat Mountain caldera that includes Twin Pillars and Steins Pillar. A MUST DO ride if you like geology.
Loop: 54 miles / 5900 feet
Surface: ~ 85% gravel / primitive forest service roads, 15% tarmac
Difficulty: Moderate+
Where: ~ Prineville, OR

McKay Creek Lollipop

Perfect spring time ride with wildflowers, flowing streams, green grasses and just pure fun. Great “first time to the Ochocos” ride.
Lollipop: 38 miles / 3700 feet
Surface: ~ 55% gravel road, 45% tarmac
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 which means it could be an easy overnighter.
Loop: 64 miles / 5600 feet
Surface: ~ 55% gravel road, 45% tarmac
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. Deep green forests. And lots of wild rhododendrons in the spring.
Lollipop: 41 miles / 3900 feet
Surface: ~ 40% gravel road, 60% tarmac
Difficulty: Moderate
Where: Detroit, OR

My Girl Paulina

A spectacular (and demanding!) ride with all kinds of natural wonders; the many waterfalls and cascades of Paulina Creek, the lakes – Paulina and East, Paulina Peak and Newberry Crater.
Tootsie Roll Wrapper: 32 miles / 3800 feet
Surface: ~ 22.5% gravel, 25% single track, 52.5% paved
Difficulty: Advanced
Where: ~ 25 min south of Bend, Oregon

Oktoberfest

Meander through the logging roads out to Tumalo Falls and back. Our favorite way to see the fall colors.
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! But we hope you like rockslides that require a little hike a bike.
Loop: 56 miles / 5500 feet
Surface: ~ 45% gravel road, 25% Roubaix (broken pavement), 30% tarmac
Difficulty: Advanced
Where: McKenzie Bridge, OR

Over the Rainbow

Includes miles of old railway grade, river hugging single roads, a secret, one lane tunnel, the colorful Rainbow store, Lake Simtustus, and the Erickson Aircraft Collection (a Flight museum). Wow.
Loop: 41 miles / 1900 feet
Surface: ~ 35% gravel road / double track, 10% single track, 65 % tarmac
Difficulty: Advanced
Where: Madras, OR

Path of Totality

Offers up a total exploration of Madras area: ride along Lake Simtustus and Lake Billy Chinook, test out a butte climb of 20%, and ride up Round Butte.
Lollipop: 41 miles / 3000 feet
Surface: ~ 10% grave roadl, 15% double track –> single track –> double track, 75% tarmac
Difficulty: Moderate+
Where: ~ 15 min from Madras, OR

Portland Training Routes

A listing of routes that either: (a) do not meet our 5 Star criteria (but are still really fun to ride) or (b) 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 and cue sheet accuracy is not guaranteed.

Post

35

Some of the best gravel in Central Oregon gravel.  Attack the 9-mile climb that rewards you with huge sweeping views of the Crooked River plains. Fun start at the Post store, center of Oregon.
Loop: 35 miles / 2900 feet
Surface: ~ 80% gravel, 20% tarmac
Difficulty: Moderate
Where: Post, OR

46

Still, some of the best gravel in Central Oregon gravel.  A more meandering climb than Post 35, but you tag on a few more miles. Big views of the Crooked River plains. Fun start at the Post store.
Loop: 46 miles / 3000 feet
Surface: ~ 80% gravel, 20% tarmac
Difficulty: Moderate
Where: Post, OR

Priest Hole

Start out at the famous Painted Hills then roll through farmland and along the the John Day River. Punchy climbs with loads of Kodak moments.
Loop: 42 miles / 3500 feet
Surface: ~ 50% gravel road, 50% paved
Difficulty: Moderate
Where: Mitchell, OR

Punchbowl

A “short but sweet” tour of the Hood River county managed forest. A big climb, a cool paved descent (steep) and “killer” views of Mt. Hood and the Hood River. And a real treat … a dip in the river (cool, cool river) near Punchbowl falls.
Loop: 18 miles / 2700 feet
Surface: ~ 85% gravel, 15% paved
Difficulty: Moderate
Where: ~ Hood River, OR

Quick & Dirty

A great after work ride for the Bend locals that will blast you out in the woods, all on your own, in no time. Just don’t go during mud season …
Loop: 20 miles / 1300 feet
Surface: ~ 90% gravel road, 10% tarmac
Difficulty: Moderate
Where: Bend, OR

Sherman’s March

Gravel Girl’s favorite ride with a fun visit to Camp Sherman, the fish hatchery, Round Lake, and a ride along the ridge line road that showcases the whole Sisters mountain range.
Loop: 52 miles / 4000 feet (Several shorter options are detailed in the route description.)
Surface: ~ 60% gravel road, 10% single-track, 30% tarmac
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: ~ 85% gravel road, 15% tarmac
Difficulty: Advanced
Where: ~ 1 hours south of Burns, OR

The Pyramids

Visit the great Pyramids of Oregon on quiet logging roads and a delicious single track section that dives deep, deep into a thick forest covered in ferns. Magical.
Loop: 22 miles / 2200 feet
Surface: ~ 75% gravel, 5% single-track, 20% tarmac
Difficulty: Advanced
Where: ~ 35 min west of Sisters, OR

Townie

Learn the super secret little paths and gravel roads of Bend. Not our classic five star rides, but we recommend you give it a go just to learn our town.
Loop: 14 miles / 500 feet
Surface: ~ 55% gravel, 5% single track, 30% paved bike path, 10% tarmac
Difficulty: Easier
Where: Bend, OR

Twin Bridges Gravel

Every roadie in Central Oregon knows the Twin Bridges route, but we’ve tossed in a bit of Oregon gravel! Great way to transition into gravel from the roadie world.
Loop: 40 miles / 1800 feet
Surface: ~ 45% gravel road, 55% tarmac
Difficulty: Easier
Where: Bend, OR

Two Bulls, One Indian

The real deal.  Demanding, steep, and off the beaten track. Wander up through an old burn area for nice mountain views and new growth forest.
Loop: 58 miles / 3800 feet
Surface: ~ 50% gravel road, 50% tarmac
Difficulty: Moderate
Where: Bend, OR

Water & Lava

The gem of Bend … best entry-level gravel ride in Bend. Includes hugging the river, a trip to roaring Benham Falls, up to Lava Butte and over to Sunriver.
Loop: 30 miles / 1400 feet
Surface: ~ 45% gravel, 15% single track, 15% paved bike path, 25% tarmac
Difficulty: Easier+
Where: Bend, OR

Westside Tour

A great entry-level ride that includes First Street rapids, the North River trail, Shevlin Park, Phil’s Trailhead, Good Dog Park, River Bend Park, Miller Park, and Drake Park.Wow!
Loop: 25 miles / 1300 feet
Surface: ~ 50% gravel road, 5% single track, 20% paved bike path, 25% tarmac
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. And an impressive water fall.
Loop: 50 miles / 3100 feet
Surface: ~ 30% gravel road, 70% tarmac
Difficulty: Moderate
Where: Maupin, OR

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