Major Enoch

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 Moutain 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

In 2000, a lightning-caused wildfire burned over half of the 17,400 acre wilderness. Though much of the fire burned at a high intensity, the area is quickly recovering and there are still some examples of a climax forest (one that has reached its peak of growth) of ponderosa pine, providing habitat for elk, mule deer, bobcats, mountain lions, and the occasional black bear. // 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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