Metolius Preserve + Bonus Lakes
Note: This is a Bandit Route. It may “steal” miles from other 5 Star routes, be lacking a bit in character, or not fully vetted by the Dirty Freehub Team.
This is a really, really great route! The only reason it is not a 5 Star route is that it uses elements of three other 5 Star routes: the 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
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.
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.
Red = paved road
Brown = gravel / dirt road
Blue = single track