Big Red

5 Star Route

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. **Click to Read More

Adventure / Gravel Route

– Loop : 17 miles / 500 ft gain
– Surface: ~ 70% gravel road / double-track / single-track, 30% paved road
eBike Friendly: No
– Location: ~ 30 min south of Bend, OR
– Published: July 2018 (updated June 2020)


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



Cue Sheet / GPX File / TCX File


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.

Ridden and Reviewed by …

Gravel Girl / Team Dirty Freehub

She loves a good day of gravel like most people like a good book. She’s always amused by the outdoors and the wild adventures. Gravel Girl is a Co-Founder of Dirty Freehub.

Captain O / Team Dirty Freehub

He should have “Never Stop Exploring” tattooed on his chest! He loves adventures on bikes and is a Co-Founder of Dirty Freehub.

  • Kate says:

    Hello! Sorry to be thick, but is any of this ride on paved roads with cars, specifically cars going at a clip? Looking to take my 10-year-old son (solid rider, but still…) on this awesome looking route! And do you think a Hybrid bike could handle it (versus gravel bike)? THANK YOU!

    • Kevin / Co-Founder @ Dirty Freehub says:

      With a 10 year old, I would drive out to mile 13 and park. There is a parking lot called Fall River Tubes.  I would then ride the course in the reverse direction to mile 6.5, the Big Red Tree. From there I would turn around and come back. This way you are dealing with no traffic.

      Yes, I think a hybrid bike would work fine.

      Enjoy! Ride dirty and smile!

  • Jamie says:

    Such a fun ride! Our first ride in Bend ever and we can’t wait for tomorrow. Great directions, beautiful views, very few people. Thanks for the guidance!

  • Mark Filer says:

    In from out of town (Seattle), and one of the bike shops in Bend pointed me to your site. I did the Big Red loop today and enjoyed it thoroughly. The description above and the turn by turn directions on my Wahoo were spot on… it would be easy to get lost in the maze of trails here but you guys have done the legwork here. Excellent route and I’d highly recommend. Thanks for curating routes like this and sharing with the general public!

    • Kevin / Co-Founder @ Dirty Freehub says:

      Thanks for the comments, it is a really big help to other riders. We are trying to get more routes documented up your way. Ride Dirty and Smile!

  • Nice route dirtyfreehub team! Just did this on a Monday in August and only came across a few other people and the scenery was great!

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