If you hear the Call of the Wild whispering your name, this is your route. A good balance of adventure, big views, beautiful red ponderosas and a 50/50 mix of hard pack gravel and primitive forest service roads. Few rides take you to such a remote area.
Most of the ride is a series of rollers. Nothing too crazy steep, but it just keeps challenging you. The first half of the ride is on smaller roads … a few rocky, some shale, and a smattering of baby heads. Now just stop your windging because none of them last that long … just pause and enjoy the beauty.
The second half of the ride is on wide, hard-packed gravel roads. We hit some washboard but nothing that you can’t sneak around if you are paying attention.Read more
While this ride shares some of the Horn of the Metolius route (~ 6 miles, to get back out of the horn), they are really different. Into the Horn isn’t nearly as demanding as the Horn of the Metolius. But like the Horn route, you want at least 40 mm tires or possibly a hard tail mountain bike. Also, ride the route in the direction as mapped, the opposite way could be brutal.
A much shorter route can be had by driving to mile marker 30.2 where NF-11 intersects the route. Use Prairie Farm road as a connector between miles 34 and 8. This gives a route length of ~ 24 miles.
Adventure / Gravel Route
– Loop : 43 miles / 3500 ft gain
– Gravel route: ~ 50 / 50 split between primitive Forest Service roads and hard pack gravel roads
– Location: ~ Sistes, Oregon
– Rideable: Spring thru fall. Summer can be hot and dusty and with some vehicles on the hard packed gravel.
– Route Author: Captain “O”
– Published: October 2018
Advanced. Due to (a) the remote location of the ride (i.e. no cell phone coverage), (b) the primitive Forest Service roads with some technical features and (c) the maze of roads in the area requiring excellent navigation skills.
At the end of the paved section of NF-11, ~ 10.5 miles north of Highway 20.
Food / Water
Brown = gravel / dirt road