Two Bulls, No Indian

Bandit Route

This is a more gravel intensive version of the 5 Star route Two Bulls, One Indian. It includes the scenic ridge ride to Three Creeks Butte, but from there it diverges from the original route. Instead of descending the pavement on Three Creeks Road into Sisters, the route parallels Three Creeks Road on a red cinder gravel road to the east. At ~ mile 32 the route catches the Brooks Scanlon logging road for a bit, cuts over to Sisemore road and then meanders back into Bend via a mix of paved roads and double track.

The Dirty Freehub team has ridden this entire route. We have classified it as a Bandit Route because it uses significant portions of other 5 Star routes. Some gravel cyclists in Bend, consider this a better route than the original. We like both. A lot!!

There is no food / water stops along the way. Unless, you want to filter from Three Creeks creek.

The route rides well in both directions. For a change of pace, we recommend the counter clockwise direction.

A big thanks to MikeH for bringing this route variation to us.

Adventure / Gravel Route

Lollipop: 53 miles / 3200 ft gain
– Surface: ~ 85% gravel, 15% paved
eBike Friendly: Yes
– Location: Bend, Oregon
– Published: March 2020

Difficulty

Moderate. Due to distance / elevation.

The Start

Thump Coffee shop in Northwest Crossing
Lat / Long:  44.055629, -121.358056


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.

  • Kent says:

    I rode this on Tuesday July 21st. There are some soft spots of moon dust that stopped me during my climb and some soft spots below the red rock on the descent that made this more difficult. This ride is probably better done in the spring or fall. I did Oktoberfest 2 days ago and it was in much better shape than this. Never saw another person all day. Thanks again for posting these rides! Love it!

  • Kim says:

    Mid-July condition report: the descent back to Sisemore has dried out and has become one for the sand specialists. I rode it on 40 mm tires today; fatter would be more fun unless you really enjoy embracing the drift. Very little traffic – got passed by 3 motos, they were very considerate.

    • Kevin / Co-Founder @ Dirty Freehub says:

      Thanks for commenting on the site. It really helps out others and helps to make the site great!

  • Anonymous says:

    This ride is great, the name should be changed.

    • KevinE says:

      The name of this route is from the derivation of the route Two Bulls, One Indian. That route goes through the Two Bulls fire area and includes Indian Camp road, near Sisters. This route, does not include Indian Camp road, thus the derivation of No Indian. No disrespect is meant.

      We would love to hear from you directly if you belong to one of the local tribes or are of that heritage. Please note, one of our missions at Dirty Freehub is to have a positive social and economic impact where we ride.

      Thanks for the comment!

    • Anonymous says:

      agreed.

  • Anonymous says:

    I rode this route today. There were small patches of snow, but zero snow on the road. The trail was in very good condition. Mostly hard-pack on the ascent, and a bit chunky on some the descent. The red lava rock road descent from the top was SWEET! It did not stay that way the entire length, but that one long portion was worth it.

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