A great spring / fall training ride. The beginning and ending terrain dictates a slower pace, but the middle section of the ride can be as fast and hard as your desire.
We (Gravel Girl and Captain O) have ridden this course several times. We list it as a Bandit Route in that it lacks big views, has a few roads with moderate traffic, and has more of an urban feel. But … it does have some really cool features including the canal trail south of Farewell Bend park, the Horse Butte single track, the had packed, fast gravel on Rickard road, the north canals, and the north section of the River Trail.
We really like this ride on a sunny day just after the canals fill in the spring. It is best to go early in the morning when the multi-use trails are less trafficked by walkers / hikers. On the busy sections of multi-use trail please temper your speeds and let people know that you are passing (i.e. “on your left”). Also, we strongly recommend a red blinky light for safety.
Adventure / Gravel Route
– Lollipop: 43 miles / 1500 ft gain
– Surface: ~ 30% gravel, 10% single track, 5% bike path, 55% paved
– eBike Friendly: No
– Location: Bend, Oregon
– Published: June 2018
Drake Park, near downtown Bend
Lat / Long: 44.059195, -121.320641
Red = paved road
Brown = gravel / dirt road
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