Big Red

5 Star Route / Ridden and Reviewed by Gravel Girl & Captain ‘O

Big Red sounds like the name of a dog . . . or an old pickup truck . . . or that kid in high school who played center on the basketball team. But in La Pine State Park, Big Red is the name of Oregon’s largest ponderosa pine tree. He’s an old guy . . . . Over 500 years old, which means he was alive when Christopher Columbus was born . . . . And he earns his name by topping off at 162 feet tall and 28.9 feet around.

Big Red isn’t the only reason to do this ride: There’s also a visit to the lovely Fall River Falls (yes, the name is really Fall River Falls.) And there are miles and miles of gently rolling single track trails along the Deschutes and Fall Rivers in La Pine State Park. Most of the ride is wonderfully shaded and the trails are mainly smooth and packed down.

There’s almost nobody on these trails; just mainly fly fishers who pride themselves on their secret fishing spots and hikers who are camping at the park. But you will see birds of prey: hawks, osprey, and even owls. // Read More

Adventure / Gravel Route

– Loop : 17 miles / 500 ft gain
– Surface: ~ 65% gravel road / double-track / single-track, 35% paved road
eBike Friendly: Yes
– Location: ~ 30 min south of Bend, OR
– Published: July 2018 (updated January 2020)

Difficulty

Easier+. This is a ride suitable for an advanced beginner. It has little elevation gain, but it does have about 6 miles of single-track … mostly smooth and rolling with a few roots and a bit of sand.

When we like to ride this …

Almost anytime from late spring (let the snow melt and allow the ground to dry out) through late fall.

The Start

Big River boat launch. Just east of the  intersection of the Deschutes River and South Century Drive.
Lat / Long: 43.817639, -121.496563

Food / Water

None


Downloads:

Cue Sheet / GPX File / TCX File

Legend:

Red = paved road
Brown = gravel / dirt road / double-track / single-track

For help with GPS files, the RideWithGPs mapping app and to learn how to download our routes for free, see the “Using Our Rides” page.

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