My Girl Paulina

Ridden and Reviewed by: Captain O

This is a spectacular ride with all kinds of natural wonders; the many waterfalls and cascades of Paulina Creek, the lakes – Paulina and East, Paulina Peak and Newberry Crater.

This is also a demanding ride; 8 miles of uphill single track on your gravel bike and 3600+ feet of climbing in 12 miles. A strong gravel rider will average just over 11 mph for the route. For most others, the pacing will be closer to 8 mph average. For the entire ride!

Ride Details
The ride begins with an 2 mile, slightly uphill, paved section. A nice way to warm up the legs. At ~ 2.5 miles, make a left hand turn onto a gravel road with a sign to Ogden Group camp. Follow the road to the right and look for the Peter Skene Ogden trail sign, about 20 yards off the parking lot. // Read More

Adventure / Gravel Route

Tootsie Roll Wrapper: 32 miles / 3800 ft gain
– Surface: ~ 22.5% gravel, 25% single track, 52.5% paved
eBike Friendly: No
– Location: ~ 25 min south of Bend, Oregon
– Course by: Captain “O”
– Published: October 2019

Difficulty

Advanced. Due to 9 miles of single track that climbs 2100 feet. Single track is rated at mountain bike difficulty of easier to moderate.

When we like to ride this …

In the late spring / early summer after the snow melts out or early fall after some moisture has made its way back into the ground. The single track section of the route can become loose and dusty and difficult to ride without moisture.

Also, it is best to ride this course on a weekday, not a weekend. The gravel road to the summit can become busy with cars.

The Start

Paved parking lot at the northeast corner of Highway 97 and Forest Service road 21. No services.
Lat / Long: 43.751986, -121.459838

Food / Water

Paulina Lake Lodge. Seasonal – call to verify operating hours.


Downloads

Cue Sheet / GPX FileTCX File

Legend

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

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