Meatloaf

5 Star Route / Ridden and Reviewed by Gravel Girl & Captain ‘O

This is a 5 Star Route. Highly curated, fully documented and a great ride!

This route may have been impacted by the unprecedented and historic wildfires in Oregon during the summer of 2020. Thus, we are uncertain of the route condition and are uncertain if the route description is accurate. If you attempt the route, we would really appreciate your feedback in the comment section at the bottom of the page. 

This ride is the perfect mix of farm lands and Ponderosa forest. It has sweeping views of the Ochocos … one good, long climb … a meandering traverse with big, green mossy trees … and one of the best gravel descents in Central Oregon 

The ride starts and ends in Post, the dead center of Oregon (marked by a post in a field), which is pretty much a small store with a dead animal motif, famous meatloaf sandwiches, and a clientele that is a mix of local cowboys and tourists who are stopping to buy milkshakes, beer, and tshirts.

We love this route … but will warn you that we have been caught by snow and snowed in roads more than once.  So check your elevation levels before you make the drive.  

As for the store, they are friendly people … we once helped them pick out a selection of Cliff Bars just for cyclists. And they don’t mind you parking there … but stop in and say a big howdy. And do park at the far end of the parking lot to allow easy access to the livestock trucks that roll through for gas. **Click to Read More

Adventure / Gravel Route

Loop: 36 miles / 3200 ft gain
– Surface: ~ 85% gravel, 15% paved
eBike Friendly: Yes
– Location: ~ 25 miles south east of Prineville
– Date Posted: June 2016 (updated May 2020)

Difficulty

Moderate. Due to elevation gain / distance ratio.

When we like to ride this …

Spring to mid summer when the flowers are in bloom and the fields are green. Fall when the colors are changing.

The Start

The Post General store, Highway 380, 25 miles south east of Prineville. Park at the far east end of the parking lot. This is a private parking lot, so it is imperative that you get permission from the store management to park there (see Stefanie). Also, for the courtesy or parking there, we recommend getting a ball cap or one of their shakes!

Food / Water (on route)

None


Downloads

Wahoo / Garmin Direct Download
Cue Sheet / GPX FileTCX File

Legend

Red = paved road
Brown = gravel / dirt road

For help with GPS files, the RideWithGPs mapping app and to learn how to download our routes for free, see the “Using Our Rides” page.

Ridden and Reviewed by …

Gravel Girl / Team Dirty Freehub

She loves a good day of gravel like most people like a good book. She’s always amused by the outdoors and the wild adventures. Gravel Girl is a Co-Founder of Dirty Freehub.

Captain O / Team Dirty Freehub

He should have “Never Stop Exploring” tattooed on his chest! He loves adventures on bikes and is a Co-Founder of Dirty Freehub.

  • Sam Handelman says:

    This route is in the Frog Fire complex. Probably not rideable for the remainder of 2020. See https://gacc.nifc.gov/nwcc/information/fire_info#OR-OCF-000657

  • Chairman says:

    June 14,2020. Peak flowers. Never saw a vehicle until we got near the ranch at the end. Go now! True about parking parallel to the fence and back a bit from the end as they are now pulling trailers in and out. And last year Stefani sold the store to Sheila and her husband. The good news is that she passed along the coffee milkshake recipe. It’s sublime, especially if you ask for an extra shot of coffee flavoring. The new version of this route is really spectacular. If you can time your ride for when it’s been dry for a few days because NF1750 truly is not to be missed. Another great job Kevin and Linda!

  • Dave Stoker says:

    This is an absolutely fantastic ride and we could not have timed it better. The wildflowers at the summit meadow were amazing.. FYI: The Post store would prefer people park parallel to the fence because large trucks come into the parking lot.

  • KevinE says:

    Mid May – the flowers are starting to bloom!!

  • KevinE says:

    Rode it in mid April. Still a bit of snow on the roads, but passable.

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