Major Enoch

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

“Like much of Central Oregon, the Ochoco Mountains were born from a violent past that includes massive mudslides, volcanic eruptions and storms that left the land piled with ash up to 1,000-feet deep. Today, it’s a place of secluded canyons, dancing creeks, whispering meadows and open forests that invite exploration. The only thing missing is the crowds.” by Eric Flowers / Bend Magazine.

Yes! That is this ride. A geological journey through the Ochocos where the riding is never too demanding, never too steep, but still makes for a big day in the saddle.

The ride circumnavigates the 40 million-year-old Wildcat Mountain Caldera. Within the caldera lie two eroded volcanic spires: Twin Pillars to the north, rising 200 feet above the forest and Steins Pillar to the south, rising 400 feet above the forest. Within the caldera boundary is the Mill Creek Wilderness**Click to Read More

Adventure / Gravel Route

– Loop: 54 miles / 5900 ft gain
– Surface: ~ 85% gravel / primitive forest service roads, 15% tarmac
– Location: ~ Prineville, Oregon
– Rideable: Late spring through fall. Especially beautiful in the late spring / early summer with the creeks running full and the wild flowers.
– Course by: Captain “O”
– Published: June 2019

Difficulty

Moderate+. Due to length, elevation gain, and some primitive Forest Service roads.

The Start

Steins Pillar viewpoint. No services.
Lat / Long: 44.417175, -120.618701

Food / Water

Old Ochoco ranger station. 3-mile diversion. 750 ft gain / 350 ft loss.


Downloads

Cue Sheet / GPX FileTCX File

Legend

Red = paved road
Brown = gravel / dirt road

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  • Major Epic! Good to great gravel, no hike a bikes. Not one car passed us all day, and it was a long day – 6 hours of ride time. The last climb of the day is no joke, with 3 short steeps at the end. The final descent is the Mister Toads Wild Ride of gravel. Nice views throughout.

  • Kevin / Co-Founder @ Dirty Freehub says:

    We just did that NF 27 descent last week as part of a new route we will be publishing soon – Black & White. Thanks for posting, it really helps others and to make the site great!

  • Clark Ritchie says:

    This is a great route. The opening climb is nice and mild and rewards riders with a lot of super views. The bomb down the paved section of NF 27 was a total blast. Don’t spend all your coins early, as the final 25% of the ride is probably the most challenging portion. Overall, this is an excellent summertime ride.

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

    6.23.20. This is a magnificent route! It’s easy to follow and the scenery is constantly beautiful and varied. We even saw a bear and two pronghorns. The two paved sections feature curvy, screaming fast (or were those screams of ecstasy?) low traffic descents. My riding buddy and I agreed that’s the route is worth doing for these two sections alone (so do the ride in the suggested clockwise direction). But be warned this course is no joke. Much of the riding is on rocky or loose surfaces that demand vigilance and will slow you down, and some of the pitches, especially on the final climb, are quite steep (my Wahoo Roam said 18% at least once). Thankfully these are short. Bottom line: You’ll work hard, but the rewards are totally worth it.

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