Dufur & Friend

5 Star Route / Ridden and Reviewed by Captain O

A moderate+ mixed gravel ride that rolls out from Dufur through orchards and wheat fields. Then past the ghost town of Friend and by a few more wheat fields and into Tygh Valley via a descent of 1500 feet over 6 miles. From the valley floor it is a climb through forest, on good gravel and some remote pavement on a single lane road. Finally, reconnect with the stick of the lollipop in Friend, and ride (mostly) downhill back to Dufur.

This ride, like it’s shorter cousin, Dufur & Friend (Tygh Valley Start) is pure bliss. Don’t rush this ride. Take the time to stop, look and take pictures. We did this ride as Day 1 of Cycle Oregon Gravel in 2019.

Ride Details
The ride leaves Dufur heading south into the orchards and cattle grazing country, slowing gaining elevation. The views are expansive and big. At mile 5 the road turns to gravel and the climbing steepens, but then soon rolls off again to a grade between 1 to 3 % until mile 11. The steady climbing turns into long, undulating rollers with a net gain of 200 feet over the next 10 miles. // Read More

Adventure / Gravel Route

– Lollipop: 64 miles / 4800 ft gain
– Surface: ~ 50% gravel, 50% paved
eBike Friendly: Yes
– Location: Dufur, Oregon
– Course by: Cycle Oregon
– Published: November 2019

Difficulty

Moderate+. Due to distance and elevation gain.

When we like to ride this …

We like this route in the spring and fall. The colors are spectacular. The route (usually) rides well late into the fall and sometimes winter. It peaks out an elevation of 2800 feet. If there has been snow at this elevation, it will take some time to clear as the part of the route is in the forest and several of the roads are north facing. Summer can be very hot, but an early morning start would make it “doable”.

The Start

Dufur city park. Flush toilets and water. Camping.
Lat / Long: 45.450690, -121.128049

Food / Water

Tygh Valley General store at ~ mile 28.


Downloads

Cue Sheet / GPX FileTCX File

Legend

Red = paved road
Brown = gravel / dirt road

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