Mitch & Walt
Ridden and Reviewed by: Gravel Girl
The Ochocos are one of our favorite places to ride … and this ride does not disappoint. It is big and demanding, but also big on scenic return!
The ride begins at the old Ochoco ranger station. The physical building is no longer there, but there is a parking lot with a kiosk, pit toilets and water from the blue handled hydrant. From the parking lot, you begin a gradual climb on pavement through the Ochoco forest. At mile 4.8 you veer left onto the Old Ochoco highway, gravel, and continue to climb. You will pass through the Bailey Butte fire area and at the top will get great views to the east – big, expansive views.
From the summit, begin a fun, windy descent for ~6 miles. Meet up with the US Highway 26 (a good shoulder) and ride into Mitchell for a water and food break. Mitchell has a couple of small convenience stores. Leave Mitchell and begin climbing south-west towards Big Summit Prairie. This is the most demanding part of the ride – a 26 mile gravel sector. The views continue to be outstanding, but different – high alpine prairie. Just when you have had enough of gravel, the road at the ridge summit becomes pavement … and it is all downhill from here. Enjoy the free ride!
A fun variation on this ride is to kick back and it make it an overnighter by staying at the Spoke’n Hostel in Mitchel. They absolutely love cyclists and adventurers.
This ride is based on the “Old Ochoco Highway” route. We have removed that route from our “official” list of rides, but you can still find the route details here.
**Adventure / Gravel Route
– Lollipop: 64 miles / 5600 ft gain
– Mixed route: 2 gravel sectors, 38 miles total (12 miles long @ mile 5 / 26 miles long @ mile 29)
– Course by: Captain “O”
– Location: ~ 20 miles east of Prineville, Oregon
– Date Updated: September 2016
Advanced – due to length, elevation gain, and 38 miles of gravel.
Old Ochoco Ranger station parking lot. Pit toilets, water (look for hydrant between parking lot and road).
**Food / Water
Mitchell grocery store.
**GPX Track File
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