Broadway Lava

5 Star Route

Broadway! Before you start thinking big city lights, think remote, quiet little roads that slice through a unique part of the Ochoco National Forest: the lava fields. Each are named. Peterson. Jones. Broadway. 

There are other great features for this route: classic Ochcoo Ponderosa forests, high alpine meadows, desert rangelands of Juniper scrub … wildlife (elk, deer, mustangs, badgers) and a blasting, swooping paved downhill to make for a great finish.  

Overall this route should be called “potpourri”. It has easy pavement, smooth gravel, rough gravel, washboard, and muddy dirt roads. Some sections are fast and quick; others are more of a crawl. But all of it is beautiful … and classic for riding in the Ochoco National Forest.

Ride Details
Miles 0 to 5 / The Climb / Paved

From the parking area, continue out the one-lane paved road, climbing for the next 4 miles gaining 1500 feet, an average gradient of 7%. Some of the steepest gradients are found near the top of the climb, ~ 10%. Most of the climbing is through Ponderosa forests, but there are several peek-a-boo views to the north of the high desert rangelands below (~ 4000 feet elevation). Note that the first 2.5 miles (up to the cattle guard) are through private lands, with a public easement for the road. **Click to Read More

Adventure / Gravel Route

Lollipop: 43 miles / 4600 ft gain
– Surface: ~ 70% gravel, 30% paved
eBike Friendly: Yes
– Location: ~ 1 hour, 5 minutes east of Prineville, Oregon
– Published: July 2020

Technical Difficulty & Risk[what this means]

Moderate+. Miles 11 to 18 are: (a) rough and gnarly requiring good technical skills, (b) quite remote and difficult to access, we saw no one, and (c) little to no cell phone reception.

When we like to ride this …

On a 70+ degree day, in early to mid-July after a couple of weeks of dry weather. The sector from mile 11 to mile 18, needs time to dry out. Even after several weeks of no rain, we encountered large puddles of water. Error on the side of caution, this sector could be a long, muddy hike a bike. If the mud is sticking to your wheels, turn around. The road conditions will not get better for a long time!

The Start

The second pull out along NF-12, on the right hand side. The pull out just before the “Curvy road next 4 miles” sign. Do not park off the road as this is private land.
Lat / Long: 44.498171, -119.938514

Food / Water

None


Downloads

Wahoo / Garmin Direct Download
Cue Sheet / GPX file / TCX file

Legend

Red = paved road
Brown = gravel / dirt road

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.

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