Big, Big Red

Training Route / by Captain ‘O’ & Gravel Girl

A longer version of Big Red that is easily accessible from Bend. We really like this route before Memorial Day and after Labor Day. During the summer, it has a “pinball wizard” feeling as you navigate through Sunriver during the height of tourist season.

We anticipate this becoming a 5 Star ride once COTA completes the new mountain biking trails just to the west of Sunriver. (Currently we have it listed as a Training Route.) We continue to work this route, making subtle but significant changes. We have ridden this route in its entirety.

Adventure / Gravel Route

Dumbbell: 50 miles / 1300 ft gain
– Surface: ~ 65% gravel and single track, 35% paved bike trail and road
eBike Friendly: No
– Location: ~ 15 min southwest of Bend, OR
– Published: July 2018


Moderate. Due to distance and single track.

The Start

Dirt parking area just before the intersection of Conklin Road (FS 41) and Benham Falls Road (FS 400). On the west side of Conklin Road (FS 41).
Lat / Long: 43.953201, -121.443694


Cue Sheet / GPX file / TCX file


Red = paved road
Brown = gravel / dirt road

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