Billy’s Playground – Gravel Option

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Imagine the year 1843, joining Chief Billy Chinook as he guided you with John Freemont and Kit Carson through this amazing area: exceptional views of the Cascades and Lake Billy Chinook.

These are quiet roads, a mixture of road and gravel and a mixture of terrain. From woods to grasslands. And the route includes a stop at the ghost town cemetery of Grandview. It’s a big ride, an all day adventure. You will sleep well after this one!

**Adventure / Gravel Route
– Loop: 67 miles / 3800 ft gain
– Mixed route: ~ 50% gravel / dirt road, 3  sectors
– Rideable: Spring thru Fall. Summer can be hot. Early fall it can be dusty (i.e. “moon dust”).
– Location: Sisters, Oregon
– Route author: Captain “O”
– Date posted: April 2015 (updated October, 2018)

**Difficulty
Intermediate / advanced.  Due to distance and elevation gain. Also, a tricky descent of 1000 feet in 4 miles.

**The Start
Creekside City Park in Sisters, OR. Flush toilets and water across the foot bridge.

**Food / Water
(a) Water at the fire station at ~mile 40. Note that they have given us permission to grab water out of the hose if they aren’t around. (b) Food and water at Lake Chinook Village store. Just before mile 42, instead of turning right, continue on the pavement for another mile or so to Lake Chinook Village store (241 SW Jordan Rd / 541-420-3704).

**GPX Track File
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2 thoughts on “Billy’s Playground – Gravel Option

  1. August 18, 2018 Ride Report. The first unpaved section from mile 8.0 to 8.6 is currently sand and not rideable at present. Recommend continuing on Indian Ford Road until its end where you can pick up NF11 where it begins. NF11 is in good condition with some washboard towards the end. NF1170 was our highlight with spectacular vistas. Sections of Witt Road with its fun Roubaix surface were also beautiful. Water from the fire station is not easy with the hose is hard to find and security cameras alarmed. The store is an easier option; ice cream was welcome at 85F – the day started at 55F. A wonderful low-traffic density route with plenty of variety in road and scenery.

  2. June 23, 2017 Ride Report. The second gravel sector of ~15 miles has been recently re-graveled. It is thick and loose. Over time, it should compact and get firmer and faster. Otherwise, spectacular ride.

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