Paul’s Route

Development Route

Note: This is a Development Route, meaning that it is a work in progress and currently does not meet the Dirty Freehub 5 Star standard for great routes.

This route that takes in east and west Bend, includes some fun to ride elements rarely ridden and has a long single track section along the Deschutes River that is absolutely gorgeous! But … this route is not for everybody. You need good technical skills on the gravel bike.

This is a great training route — it is close to town, easy to access, and a lot of fun to ride (in the right conditions!). We have classified the route as a Development Route in that it does have some car traffic, includes many elements from other 5 Star rides and may have a few mile of tough washboard.

Miles 15 to 25 are the least desirable of the route and we are looking for better options. If you have suggestions, please let us know.

Adventure / Gravel Route

Loop: 44 miles / 1800 ft gain
– Surface: ~ 50% gravel, 30% single track, 20% paved
eBike Friendly: No
– Location: Bend, Oregon
– Published: Oct 2018 (updated February 2020)

Technical Difficulty & Risk[what this means]

Advanced. Due to a 13 mile sector of single track, the Deschutes River Trail, that is rated mountain bike intermediate.

When we like to ride this …

Before Memorial Day and after Labor Day. The river trail can be very busy with walkers and hikers during the summer and the gravel roads in this area become very dried out and harbor inches of moon dust. What is below the moon dust is anybody’s guess, but this stuff has caused a number of falls.

The Start

Farewell Bend Park, at wooden bridge.
Lat / Long: 44.041484, -121.324888


Wahoo / Garmin Direct Download
Cue Sheet / GPX file / TCX file


Red = paved road
Brown = gravel / dirt road
Blue = single track
Purple = paved bike path / roubaix

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  • Alex says:

    In 2018, when I rode the Central Oregon Historic Canal trail at about mile 5.2 of your route I had to turn around at a gate on the canal with a big No Trespassing sign. Has this gate been removed or did you just jump over it?

    • Kevin / Co-Founder @ Dirty Freehub says:

      This is new to us. Was this after Ferguson Road or before it. Thx!

      • Alex Anderson says:

        Hi Kevin – after Ferguson Road (North of Ferguson) at approximately coordinates 44.0279359, -121.2716295
        Keep in mind this was 2 1/2 years ago so it may have changed and that’s why I was curious.

  • Larry and DH says:

    Wowziz this is a tough one especially in mid summer. We did yesterday but had to hike a bike for 6-7 miles in extreme 4-6″ of dust on one section. Most of the gravel was extreme wash board and difficult to bike. The single track was great except for the one rocky section that again was hike a bike. Needless to say it was HARD. Hey, no complaints as we saw a lot more of the Bend area. 4th DF ride we did and the only one we cannot recommend to ride unless you want a tough day, not necessarily fun. Love this area and will be back next summer to explore more. Visiting from Ky for the past month

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