Dreamliner

5 Star Route

This route takes you to the infamous Boeing Field. Not the one in Seattle, but the one in the middle of the Ochoco National Forest, somewhere north of the town, not the lake, of Paulina. It’s a grassy meadow that fills with flowers in the spring that you won’t soon forget … and it’s called Boeing Field due to a plane that crashed not too far away. 

Then, after a good few hours of roaming around in the woods, enjoying everything the Ochocos has to offer … including Little Summit Prairie … you’ll find yourself another Boeing reference. The Dreamline descent. A single lane paved road that is downhill for 6 miles dropping 1600 feet. The way all rides should finish up. 

Boeing Field is named for the ill-fated February 1942 flight of a B-18A Bolo bomber on a flight from Sacramento to Spokane. The plane cleared Wolf Mountain but hit the tall trees on its summit ridge and shattered on the slopes below. The crew of four had last radioed from northern California, so that is where the unsuccessful search was concentrated. It wasn’t until seven months later that an Ochoco shepherd, Rhys Humphrys, saw the wreckage glinting below and alerted the fire lookout on Wolf Mountain. The Boeing Field label is a misnomer: the B-18 bomber was a product of the Douglas Aircraft Company! [OregonHikers.org]

Ride Details

The route starts at Salter’s cabin, a horse camp / parking area. Head back south on the paved road you drove in on, to the intersection of NF-42 and Beaver Creek road. Go left towards Ragar ranger station. **Click to Read More

Adventure / Gravel Route

Loop: 38 miles / 3600 ft gain
– Surface: ~ 75% gravel, 25% paved
eBike Friendly: Yes
– Location: ~ 2 hours, 10 min east of Bend, Oregon
– Published: May 2020

Difficulty

Moderate. Due to distance, gain, and road surfaces.

When we like to ride this …

Mid spring through mid summer when creeks are flowing and the flowers are in bloom.

The Start

Salters cabin. About 1.4 miles north of the intersection of NF-42 and Beaver Creek road. No services.
Lat / Long: 44.248531, -119.823659

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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