Coffee Pot

5 Star Route

We always called it cowboy coffee; the black coffee left swirling in a coffee pot for days, reheated, burned.  Waitresses grab the orange or brown handle, topping off an entire diner in no time, then slamming the coffee pot back on the burner, keeping it warm for the next round. Can’t you smell those greasy eggs and fried potatoes cooking in the background? 

That’s our image of a coffee pot, which is also the name of a cool meadow and a stream that keeps springing up on this route. And while that might sound rather ordinary, we found this route to be rather extraordinary.   

The overall design is just the way we like it: climb 2,700 feet right out of the parking lot on gravel (let’s get that climb done with!), then roll up and down on more gravel, and then blast down on pavement (just about the time we were thinking our day was going slow!).  

But we also just loved the variety; we like a route that evolves, transitions, like a good novel.  The opening miles are sweet views of the whole valley around Paisley, then onto the National Forest, which offers up a mixture of woods. You’ll then slice through burn areas, with logging, until you start chasing streams and rivers and big open views on your way back to the car.  When you hit a wonderful meadow, you are at Coffeepot Meadow.

The one caution on this route: you climb up to 7,000 feet, which is not particularly a hard climb.  But it does mean you need to think about snow levels; you’ll see the signs for winter snowmobiling which should offer up a big hint

Adventure / Gravel Route

Loop: 45 miles / 4300 ft gain
– Surface: ~ 55% gravel, 45% paved
eBike Friendly: Yes
– Location: ~ 45 minutes north of Lakeview, Oregon
– Published: August 2020

Technical Difficulty & Risk[what this means]

Moderate. Due to: (a) short pitches, up and down, in excess of 8%, (b) the remote locale of the gravel portion of the ride. There is limited cell phone (voice / text) reception along the route. The paved portion has several campgrounds. In August we saw a number of occupied campsites.

When we like to ride this …

Late spring through early fall. Be sure to check the snow levels, as the route tops out at 7000 feet of elevation.

The Start

A paved pull out just past the beginning of the gravel road climb on the 331 Road. An alternative, is to drive an additional 1.1. miles up river and take the dirt “road” to the left, by a big rock, that leads down to a nice parking area near the river.
Lat / Long: 42.688175, -120.569619 (alternative: 42.678978, -120.582140)

Food / Water


Go Local

In Paisley there is a tavern, a diner, coffee stand and a small grocery store.

Ride Details

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


Red = paved road
Brown = gravel / dirt road

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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.

  • Anonymous says:

    I made camp at Marster Spring campground and did this ride on August 21st. It was nice to be able to get my bike ready and ride right out of camp and return later to my comfy camp. Mighty smoky with the recent fires but overall good conditions. Thanks to the tough people that made this route. I really appreciate it.

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