Metolius Preserve + Bonus Lakes

5 Star Route

Note: This is a 5 Star Route, meaning that it is a highly curated, premier riding route.

This is a really, really great route! It is the “copy & paste” of several other 5 Star routes: Metolius Preserve, Sherman’s March, and GravelCracker 85. We like this route in the fall (Octoberish) when the Larch trees are golden yellow. The route is not too demanding, but there is a significant amount of easy mountain bike single track. At the end of the day, kick into Suttle Lake lodge for a bite to eat.

If you’re looking for a shorter and easier route check out the Metolius Preserve route.

Adventure / Gravel Route

Clover Leaf: 28 miles / 1800 ft gain
– Surface: ~ 73 % gravel, 26% single track, 1% paved
eBike Friendly: No
– Location: ~ Sisters, OR
– Published: October 2019 (Updated September 2020)

Technical Difficulty & Risk[what this means]

Moderate. Due to: (a) An extensive amount of easy rated mountain bike single track and (b) the rugged climb and descent to Round Lake.

When we like to ride this …

Early (like 8 am) on a hot summer day or in October when the Larch trees are in full color. In the spring the route can be wet, muddy and boggy. Avoid.

The Start

Suttle Lake lodge. There are several parking lots near and at the lodge.
Lat / Long: 44.426715, -121.728534

Food / Water

There is a full restaurant at Suttle Lake lodge. However, it may be seasonal.

Our Community Partner …

The Metolius Preserve is owned and cared for by a local nonprofit, the Deschutes Land Trust. The Land Trust has been working in Central Oregon since 1995 to conserve land for wildlife, scenic views, and local communities. The Metolius Preserve is just one of ten other community preserves that are protected forever by the Land Trust for wildlife and people. These preserves are what make Central Oregon so full of natural beauty and outdoor splendor. The Land Trust believes that we can protect that beauty, that land that sustains us. You can too. Donate today to protect land with the Deschutes Land Trust and get involved as a volunteer to help care for the land.


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Cue Sheet / GPX file / TCX file


Red = paved road
Brown = gravel / dirt road
Blue = single track

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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.

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