Deschutes River Trail (Biggs Junction)

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

Biggs Junction, Oregon is all about gas stations, or so I thought until I tested out this unique slice of Americana. The route is a simple out and back on an old, historic railroad bed that hugs the Deschutes River.

It is a great leg stretcher for when you are cruising through Biggs to go somewhere else. Or if you just want cool (with a capital K) views of the river. With a little luck, a train will buzz through the canyon while you are riding; the tracks are on the opposite side of the river, but I loved the rumbling sound. And it got me singing Folsom Blues by good ole Johnny Cash.

I hear the train a comin’
It’s rollin’ ’round the bend
And I ain’t seen the sunshine
Since, I don’t know when
I’m stuck in Folsom Prison
And time keeps draggin’ on
But that train keeps a-rollin’
On down to San Antone.

There are plenty of hikers to share your trail, many hiking through to other locations. **Read More

Adventure / Gravel Route

– Out & Back : 22 miles / 500 ft gain
– Surface: ~ 100% gravel double track
eBike Friendly: No
– Location: ~ 40 min east of Hood River, OR
– Date Posted: March 2020

Difficulty

Easier, up until mile 11. Moderate after that, until mile 19. Then advanced.

When we like to ride this …

Early in the biking season (i.e. March and April). It is scenic, has some distance, and not a lot of hills. It rides most of the year.

The Start

Deschutes River State Recreation area. Flush toilets (seasonal).
Lat / Long: 45.631654, -120.908824

Food / Water

None.


Downloads

Wahoo / Garmin Direct Download
Cue Sheet / GPX FileTCX File

Legend

Brown = gravel / dirt road

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