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!
However, I do not recommend riding this on weekends, nor between Memorial Day to Labor Day – the River Trail from Benham Falls to Meadow camp is heavily trafficked by casual walkers and hikers.
This is a great training route — it is close to town, easy to access, and a lot of fun to ride. But … I have classified it as a Training Route in that it does have some car traffic and it includes many elements from other 5 Star rides. I have ridden this entire route.
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)
Moderate. Due to distance and 12 miles of single track.
Farewell Bend Park, at wooden bridge.
Lat / Long: 44.041484, -121.324888
Red = paved road
Brown = gravel / dirt road
Blue = single track
Purple = paved bike path / roubaix
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