5 Star Route / Ridden and Reviewed by Captain ‘O’

A mixed gravel century (almost a century) that includes the Crooked River Canyon scenic bikeway, the Maury Mountains, and the Post / Paulina road. The ride links two of the best paved roads in Central Oregon with a gravel segment through ranching and farming country and some national forest.

The Details
The first paved sector is from downtown Prineville out the Crooked River Canyon to the top of the grade above Prineville Reservoir and down the other side. The climb of the grade is a little over 4 miles and about 900 feet. The steepest pitches are at the start. The descent of the other side is a bit shorter and less steep.

At mile 28 the gravel begins. Ride through rolling farm and ranch country, up and over the Maury Mountains and down into Post. At Post, refuel at the General Store on milkshakes and meatloaf sandwiches. From mile 28 to mile 54 is uphill at 1 to 2% until the turn onto Kloochman Creek road, where the grade steepens to 5%. The descent into Post is 11 miles with a loss in elevation of 2000 feet. **Read More

Adventure / Gravel Route

– Loop: 92 miles / 5400 ft gain
– Surface: ~ 60% paved, 40% gravel roads
– Location: Prineville, Oregon
– Rideable: Spring through Fall. Best in the spring. Summer can be hot. Fall is hunting season.
– Course by: Captain “O”
– Published: June 2019


Advanced due to distance and remoteness. Technically, this ride is quite moderate.

The Start

Good Bike Co bike shop in downtown Prineville.. Flush toilets, water, beer and bike parts!
Lat / Long: 44.302686, -120.844650

Food / Water

Post General Store, mile 66.


Cue Sheet / GPX FileTCX File


Red = paved road
Brown = gravel / dirt road

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  • Nicolas says:

    Rode a variation of this route 7/20/19 by cutting across a ridge at the reservoir between the county boat ramp and Bowman Dam, honestly not recommended, but it worked. Fantastic gravel, washboard all navigable even this late in summer. Note there was a trough with a hose of cold potable spring water that a very nice lady let me use at mile 47.7 on the regular route, it’s just on the left at a low spot next to a couple barn structures. Otherwise, fantastic sustained climb and fun descent with no vehicles, would do again anytime.

    • KevinE says:

      Thanks for the feedback. We’ve had nothing but welcoming farmers … my favorite story was friends who ended up running into a cattle drive and the ranchers made sure they were safe by putting them behind fencing. Just love that whole area….

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