In Plain View (Long)

5 Star Route / Ridden and Reviewed by Captain O

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Plain View is the name of an area just outside of Sisters that has a plain view of a whole lot of big mountains. And that is where you are headed for on this ride.

This is one of our “go to” rides in the winter. It is close to town, snow free most of the winter, no big climbs to overheat on and no big descents to get cold on …. and it has some fantastic views! We also use this for large group rides that become more of a gab fest than a ride because the roads are super wide.

The route is quite straightforward. Head northwest towards Sisters on the old Brooks-Scanlon logging road, take a right on a small gravel road that connects to the Planview area, and then take Sizemore road back to Tumalo Falls, followed by the “cool” ELT extension.

Note: As you turn onto Bull Springs road at mile 0.5 there is a sign that states “no bicycles Monday through Friday”. We have checked with Deschutes County and the road is a public use road and bicycle access is not limited. Unfortunately, this sign is on private property and the county does not have jurisdiction to remove it. However, we strongly suggest that you ride single file on Bull Springs road due to the truck traffic.

**Adventure / Gravel Route
– Loop: 33 miles / 1200 ft gain
– Style: Mixed (3 gravel / double-track sectors, 26 miles total)[tooltip tip=”For more detailed sector info, click on View Full Version on map (below).”]**[/tooltip]
– Course by: Captain “O”
– Location: Bend, OR
– Date Updated: November 2017

**Difficulty
For the intermediate adventure / gravel rider. Some areas may be soft and parts of the Brooks – Scanlon Logging road demand attention due to the rocks that are larger than gravel.

**The Start
Shevlin Park

**Food / Water
None.

**GPX Track File
Click to download.


Legend:
Red = paved road
Brown = gravel / dirt road / double-track

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3 thoughts on “In Plain View (Long)”

  1. Pretty mixed bag today. First 11 miles were sections of very soft and sections of sheet ice. Miles 11-27 were prime time. The 2-track between Tumalo res road and Tyler was horrible. lots of standing water, peanut butter mud. Abundance of heavy machinery which was not running today, but would likely be a different story during the week.

    1. Yeah, we are hoping it dries out! Rumor has it Donnybrook and the Madras courses are in good shape. Thanks for the report.

  2. Nov 6, 2017 Ride Report: This is a great winter time ride. A little snow yesterday, but rideable. Also, added the ELT extension to the route which is now on the map.

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