Happy Camp

5 Star Route

“Happy”, that’s the song you’ll be singing on this ride. Well maybe after you finish the first climb… 1,000 feet in 4.5 miles, right out of the car. But wait until the finish, coming down that baby, 35 miles later. We call it a signature downhill. Swooping switchbacks and killer views.

Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you know what happiness is to you
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like that’s what you wanna do
~ Pharrell Williams 

And what’s in between the beginning and end? A whole lotta of classic Ochoco Forest: streams, mountain meadows, Ponderosa trees and big open skies with endless fresh oxygen that keeps you humming along.

Ride Details

From the parking area, head south on Buck Point road / NF-12 (paved). It is immediately uphill! And continues uphill for the next 4.5 miles gaining 1600 feet. As you climb up and into the Ponderosa forests, there will be views to the north of the valley below. Near the summit there is a 1 mile section that averages 9.5%. But … on the return, this hill is so fun! **Click to Read More

Adventure / Gravel Route

Lollipop: 36 miles / 3200 ft gain
– Surface: ~ 60% gravel, 40% paved
eBike Friendly: Yes
– Location: ~ 1 hour, 50 minutes east of Bend, Oregon
– Published: May 2020

Difficulty

Moderate. Due to: (a) some sections of gnar and cobbled road surfaces and (b) the remote “off-grid” nature of the ride.

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 beauty of this ride is highly dependent on the water flowing. The creek flows typically peak in mid May.

The Start

A makeshift / dirt pull out on the east side of Buck Point road / NF-12, about 1.2 miles from the intersection with Highway 26.
Lat / Long: 44.504288, -119.934242

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.

  • DavidB (aka: The Chairman) / Route Ambassador @ Dirty Freehub says:

    We rode this in mid August 2020. Road surfaces haven’t changed from the description and are in good shape. Meadows still have a bit of green in them, but are mostly brown. Descending the paved stem of the lollipop is so.darned.fun!! The creeks are mostly dry. Bottom line, a nice ride in the late summer, a great ride in the spring.

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