In Plain View

5 Star Route / Ridden and Reviewed by Gravel Girl & Captain ‘O

Plainview is the name of an unincorporated community just outside of Sisters that has a plain view of a whole lot of big mountains. And that is where you are headed on this ride.

This is one of our “go to” rides in the winter (video). 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! The Sisters. Mt Washington. Mt Jefferson. Black Butte. We also use this for large group rides that become more of a gabfest 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 Sisemore road back to Tumalo Falls, followed by the “cool” ELT extension. **Read More

Adventure / Gravel Route

– Loop: 33 miles / 1200 ft gain
– Surface: ~ 80% gravel, 20% paved
eBike Friendly: Yes
– Location: Bend, OR
– Published: March 2014 (updated Nov 2017, Mar 2020)

Difficulty

Moderate. Some areas may be soft and parts of the Brooks – Scanlon Logging road demand attention due to the rocks that are larger than gravel.

When we like to ride this …

Late fall. Early spring. And when we are limited on time and need a quick go to ride. Winter is usually good, but if it has snowed in town, give it some time for the north facing sections t

The Start

Shevlin Park. Toilets.
Lat / Long: 44.083331, -121.377644

Food / Water

None.


Downloads

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

Legend

Red = paved road
Brown = gravel / dirt road

For help with GPS files, the RideWithGPs mapping app and to learn how to download our routes for free, see the “Using Our Rides” page.

5 thoughts on “In Plain View”

  1. Rode this one yesterday, but started and finished in the mill district. Good route. The highlights were the views of the 3 sisters between Miles 10-16 which was truly God’s country (on this GPX file above) and the section past Tumalo dam, miles 34-36. Top notch. The lowlights were miles 1-6, with brutal and unavoidable washboarding. Must have lost a few tooth fillings in the process and no searching for relief at the crown or edges of the road helped. The only option was dialing it up to 25 mph and holding it steady for that section around 275 watts (for me). Either your legs hurt or your whole body hurt. Rest of the route was well thought out but perhaps not as “five starish” as “Oktoberfest” which is the most fun I’ve had on a bike in years. Either way, a route worth doing!

    1. We use this route more in the winter, sometimes I think that section is softer in the winter, other times I think I’m just more desperate to be on a bike. … Always the tricky bit … but thanks for the feedback. We always feel the more info the better, then people can choose what makes sense.

  2. 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.

  3. 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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