The Big One6

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

“Living in the Wild, Wild West” must include a gravel ride through Warm Springs Indian Reservation with a visit to the majestic Lake Simtustus.      

If you’ve done other Dirty Freehub rides along Lake Simtustus (Over the Rainbow, Path of Totality) you know it’s a  hidden gem …. but the whole point of this ride is to visit the super cool part of the lake.  

This “out and back” route starts at the boat launch on the Deschutes River in Warm Springs. The first two-thirds of the route is rolling hills, with big views, good pavement and little traffic. You pass by sporadic farms, an old defunct church and through un-fenced lands where wild mustangs graze. Be careful of the wild horses as their behavior is unpredictable. // Read More

Adventure / Gravel Route

– Out & Back: 30 miles / 2400 ft gain
– Mixed route: ~ 20% gravel
– Location: ~ Madras, Oregon
– Rideable: All year
– Route Author: Captain “O”
– Published: March 2019


Moderate. Rolling hills, with one gravel pitch of a mile that is ~ 10% with a short section of 16%.

The Start

Warm Springs boat ramp on the east side of the Deschutes River off of State Highway 26.

Food / Water



Cue Sheet / GPX FileTCX File


Red = paved road
Brown = gravel / dirt road

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