Egypt Canyon

5 Star Route

This route has you winding your way through two scenic canyons, Egypt Canyon and Dick Miller Canyon, and circumnavigating Dry Mountain. And, as a bonus … you will cruise by open farm lands with green pastures and sparkling creeks, along Ponderosa and Juniper forests, and past limestone rock formations.

The Snow mountain road crew is completing a motor way from the upper Silver Creek section to the summit of Dry Mountain on which Mr. J.T. Choate will serve as lookout-fireman for the coming summer.  A new telephone line was constructed there last year, so with these improvements more efficient fire protection can be given to that extremely hazardous portion of the forest. [Central Oregonian, July 1929]

But, before you hit the download button, let’s highlight the word rugged. This whole area is the reason why some of us choose fatter tires. You may get lulled into thinking that with 15 miles of pavement, 40 mm tires are the way to go. It may be for some, but not for us. No whining after the fact! **Click to Read More

Adventure / Gravel Route

Loop: 44 miles / 1900 ft gain
– Surface: ~ 65% gravel, 35% paved
eBike Friendly: Yes
– Location: ~ 1 hour, 45 minutes east of Bend, Oregon
– Published: May 2020

Difficulty

Moderate. Due to: (a) several sections of gnar and cobbled road surfaces and (b) the remote “off-grid” nature of the ride. There is no cell phone coverage and we saw no vehicles or people on our 3 hour excursion.

When we like to ride this …

Mid spring through mid summer when the creeks are flowing, the wetlands are full of water and the flowers are in full bloom.

The Start

Along the shoulder of Miller Canyon road. At the intersection of Silver Creek Road (paved), Miller Canyon (gravel) Road, and Oakermann Lane (gravel). ~ 1.6 miles north of Highway 20. No services.
Lat / Long: 43.564808, -119.536531

Food / Water

None


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.

  • Gravel Girl, Co-Founder Dirty Freehub says:

    Just a great ride today. Saw antelope at the start. There was a loose bull when we were in Egypt canyon and then had dogs chase us at the first house after Dick Miller Canyon (after a long straightaway at the end you turn left. Dogs came from the house on that corner and they chased us for a long ways.! )

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