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.  

Ride Details

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. **Click to Read More

Adventure / Gravel Route

– Out & Back: 31 miles / 2500 ft gain
– Surface: ~ 20% gravel, 80% paved
eBike Friendly: Yes
– Location: ~ Madras, Oregon
– Published: March 2019

Difficulty

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

When we like to ride this …

… when all are other rides in Central Oregon are a no go. This ride goes almost all year round. It is very scenic in the spring and fall. In the summer it can be combined with a float / paddle down the Deschutes River to Trout Creek.

The Start

Warm Springs boat ramp on the east side of the Deschutes River off of State Highway 26. Pit toilets.
Lat / Long: 44.758287, -121.226904

Food / Water

None


Downloads

Wahoo / Garmin Direct Download
Cue Sheet / GPX FileTCX File

Legend

Red = paved road
Brown = gravel / dirt road

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