4 Boys

5 Star Route / Ridden and Reviewed by Captain ‘O’

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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
– Course by: 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.

**The Start
Phil’s Trailhead.

**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

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5 thoughts on “4 Boys”

  1. Excellent route. At mile 30.9, no longer allowed to cross railroad tracks. Must turn left and go back to Sun-Lave trail. There is a sign

  2. Roe
    De this 7/13/2019. Good ride. The single track has been rerouted near Bendham Falls but was easy enough to sort out. A bit dusty and some deeper sand makes me think this ride is better in the spring or fall.

    1. Yeah, I would bet that’s true …. we’ve been getting reports of sand on a few routes. Thanks for the update. Gravel Girl

  3. Ride report / October 31: Riding great! Good colors. Did the route with 14 people. Excellent route when have a group of different speeds. Eliminate some of the single track for those that are slower. This is not a fast riding route due to all the single-track. Enjoy!

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