Ridden and Reviewed by: Captain “O”

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Being at the edge of solitude gives you a world full of geological wonders … formed 40 million years ago … desert canyons and mountain peaks reaching as high as 6900 feet. Forested areas of majestic stands of ponderosa pine contrast with wildflower filled meadows and expansive oceans of of grass…. creating scenic views unlike any other.”

This is the description of the area that we borrowed (stole) from a sign at Bandit Springs Sno-Park which best describes the ride. This ride isn’t for everyone, just the adventurous souls who aren’t afraid of tougher gravel.

Caution: This ride likes big fat tires, 40 mm at least.  The gravel surfaces vary from pleasant to demanding to primitive.  Miles 19 to 21 are the most demanding – rutted, primitive and steep down (-7.5 % on average). This section can also be muddy / boggy. Let the snow in the high country melt before attempting this ride. Lastly, this route rides “slow”. Expect 10 to 20% slower than your average gravel / adventure ride.

**Adventure / Gravel Route
– Loop : 31 miles / 3300 ft gain
– Style: Gravel
– Location: ~ 35 min east of Prineville, OR
– Best ridden: Late spring to early summer (when the creeks are flowing and the flowers are in bloom)
– Course by: Captain “O”
– Date Posted: June 2018


**The Start
Bandit Springs sno-park on Highway 26. North side of road. Pit toilets.

**Food / Water

**GPX Track File
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Red = paved road
Brown = gravel / dirt road / double-track

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3 thoughts on “Lush!”

  1. DeWayne Weaver

    What an amazing route! I was thinking how I’m so glad the route included Vowell Trail, then hit a rut and went down hard :-o Nothing but cows around to assist since I was solo. I made it out with just scrapes and bruises, and was still happy to have taken Vowell. There were some little streams along the route where I could have filtered water, but I carried plenty with me. I’ll be back for more Ocoho routes, and to stay again in the Spoke’n Hostel. It was as awesome as the ride!

    1. Thanks DeWayne …. glad you are ok. We carry an InReach device for emergencies. But we also spend a fair amount of time practicing with them because it’s not that easy to use. Cheers … Gravel Girl

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