This is one of our favorite routes to ride in the fall – the colors are in full show and the roads firm up with the moisture and colder nights.
The route crosses Tumalo Creek, climbs through the Two Bulls burn, parallels one of the old Tumalo canals, makes a “U” at Tumalo Falls, descends 3 miles of the Tumalo Creek Trail, and meanders through the Deschutes National Forest thinning project (a healthy beautiful forest now!).
We recommend this route as a fall or spring route, not a summertime route. The colors are best in the spring and fall and the road conditions are much better, firm with the moisture and cool evenings.
**Adventure / Gravel Route
– Loop: 36 miles / 2200 ft gain
– Surface: ~ 80% gravel, 10% single track, 10% tarmac
– Course by: Gravel Girl
– Best Ridden: Spring or Fall (not summer)
– Location: Bend, OR
– Date Posted: September 2017 (updated July 2018)
Intermediate. Some rough gravel in the beginning (~ 4 miles), some single track (~ 3 miles), and some “mud ruts”.
Phil’s Trailhead parking area.
**Food / Water
Black = paved road
Brown = gravel / dirt road / double-track
Blue = single-track
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