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**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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1 thought on “Major Enoch”

  1. DavidB (aka: The Chairman) / Route Ambassador @ Dirty Freehub

    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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