This route is currently closed due to the Terwilleger fire operations. Posted November 13th. Expect the route to re-open sometime in the Spring of 2019. From more information, see this forest service update.
A big climb! Beautiful views! And one of the best gravel descents in the region! And Gravel Girl’s Favorite Ride.
After a short warm-up, the ride attacks a demanding and majestic climb of 3500 feet in 10 miles. From mile 3 to 9 the grade is always between 6 to 12 %. The ride surface varies from light chip seal to short sections of gravel, to broken tarmac. You will also have to “hike a bike” for about .25 miles across several old landslides. The higher you climb, the better the views become.
At ~ mile 17 you leave the pavement behind. At times the gravel is course and deep, but it is mostly fine and fast. The ride rolls for several miles and then begins a nearly 10-mile descent, all on gravel, to Cougar Reservoir. At the bottom of the descent veer right ~20 yards to the boat ramp and go for a swim. Now traverse around the reservoir in a clockwise direction taking in all its beauty. Then a quick descent down to Belknap covered bridge and the McKenzie River. Your almost home!
Adventure / Gravel Route
– Loop: 56 miles / 5500 ft gain
– Mixed route: 1 Roubaix sector @ mile 3, 14 miles long. 1 gravel sector @ mile 17, 24 miles long.
– Location: McKenzie Bridge, OR
– Date Posted: August 2016 / Updated: July 2017
For advanced/experienced riders. The “hike a bike” section requires you to carry your bike for about .25 miles and to lift your bike over several large downed trees.
At the McKenzie Bridge General Store. Portable toilets, no water. An alternative is to park at the McKenzie River Ranger Station, 2 miles east on Highway 126 where there are flush toilets and water.
Food / Water
Slide Creek Campground, at mile 38.5
Red = paved road
Brown = gravel / dirt road / double-track
Purple = Roubaix