Dinner with Brice

5 Star Route / Ridden and Reviewed by Gravel Girl & Captain ‘O

This is a 5 Star Route. Highly curated, fully documented and a great ride!

Gravel cycling is always a confusing term, especially on this route, which is mainly paved roads so small they feel like bike lanes, but we did toss in ten miles of proper gravel so you wouldn’t whine. And included is a 3,700-foot climb that has some stair steps, but mainly just keeps coming.  

This route stays deep in the woods, with green, green, and more lush green colors. You will hug the Brice Creek for miles, which means spring should be spectacular. We figure fall leaf-peeping would be great as well. But we did this route on a day that was going to be a scorcher, and with an early start, we heard lots of whinging about people being too cold on the downhill.  

Now about the name: you climb Dinner Ridge, cut through Holland Meadows, and then contour alongside Brice Creek. So why not Dinner with Brice? And the start? Isn’t it lovely that you start at Wildwood / Row River Falls? You also bike through Disston, a town with a long history of logging. (Although the mills closed in the 1950s.)

Adventure / Gravel Route

Lollipop: 49 miles / 4900 ft gain
– Surface: ~ 25% gravel, 75% paved
eBike Friendly: Yes
– Location: ~ 45 minutes south of Eugene, Oregon
– Published: September 2020

Technical Difficulty & Risk[what this means]

Moderate. Due to: (a) short pitches, up and down, in excess of 8%, and (b) (c) limited cell phone reception.

When we like to ride this …

(1) Early in the year as a training ride. With just a touch of gravel, the route is much more of a spinning route than a typical gravel route where power is key. (2) In the late spring / early summer, when the creeks and waterfalls are running full. (3) In the fall, when the leaves are changing color. (4) And, on a warm, sunny day with an early start. Most of the route is shaded with tree cover, and the real work is in the front half of the ride. The back half of the route is not demanding at all.

The Start

Wildwood Falls County Park. There is very limited parking here (about 8 spots). If the parking area is full use LaSells Stewart park on the opposite side of the river. This is a fee use parking area administered by Lane County (buy parking pass). Map of parking areas.
Lat / Long: 43.700126, -122.818927 (Alternate parking: 43.698864, -122.821633)

Food / Water

None

Go Local

After the ride, we encourage you to drop some coin at a local coffee shop or brewpub! The closest town for that is Cottage Grove, to the northwest of the start by about 25 minutes. To find exactly what you are looking for visit the Travel Lane County site. Use the left hand menu to find: Things To Do, Hotels, Restaurants, Events, etc.

Ride Details

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Downloads

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

Legend

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.

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