The Pyramids

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

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You haven’t heard of the great Pyramids of Oregon? We really have it all . . . . this ride takes you to see the Three Pyramids mountains.

On this ride Mother Nature showcases one continuous, amazing garden. You start in old growth forest lined with ferns and gigantic ponderosa pines, climb up to open logging areas with fields of daisies, and then climb more into wild rhododendrons, bear grass, and wild strawberries. Eventually you meet up with the single-track hiking trail (this is only a mile, see video) which slices deep into the forest with lush ground cover.  Then you pop onto lovely gravel roads, and then a decommissioned logging road (which is not an easy go, but super fun.)  Then suddenly you find yourself on a super sweet paved road that lets you bomb back to the car. (Spoiler alert, the last mile or so climbs, but it’s an easy climb.)

Oh, and I forgot to mention that you play peakaboo with the various local mountains (the snowy, inspiring kind).

Now let me offer you one major warning: we are constantly telling people to learn navigation. This is not the place to venture unless you are 100% sure of your navigation skills AND you bring a back up navigation device. We saw zero cars (and people!) the entire ride… on a weekend… and there is nothing short of a million little roads that will have you headed in the wrong direction. This area is one gigantic maze!

And let me offer you warning number two: this is not an easy ride. Some of the gravel is rough and the hiking trail takes skill to master. So I know you advanced riders will roll your eyes and think that 22 miles is no big deal. A few strong riders averaged out 10-11 mph.

Miles 12 to 14 has some tree fall. Bring your hand saw and help out. Thanks!!

Adventure / Gravel Route
– Loop : 22 miles / 2200 ft gain
– Style: Mixed (2 gravel sectors, 16 miles total / 1 single-track sector, 1 mile)
– Location: ~ 35 min west of Sisters, OR
– Best ridden: Spring through Fall
– Course by: Captain “O”
– Date Posted: July 2018 (updated August 2018)

Advanced. Due to the several short, steep, rocky pitches, a mile of single track and a section of decommissioned road.

The Start
Lava Lake sno-park on Highway 20. North side of road. Pit toilets.  (30 miles west of Sisters).

Food / Water

Cue Sheet / TCX File

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

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  • DavidB (aka: The Chairman) / Route Ambassador @ Dirty Freehub says:

    10/27/20. This route is to be savored for it’s variety. For the most part it’s riding really well, but we encountered a logging operation with heavy equipment for a short stretch early on (the loggers were quite friendly and waved us through), which due to an overnight freeze followed by thawing made for some mud for maybe a mile or two, and then at mile 12, after going over the berm, we encountered a fair amount of blowdown for a few miles. Nothing all that difficult or tedious, but it definitely required frequent dismounts and bike lifting, which slowed progress.

  • Tom San says:

    Wonderful route with isolated views from Jack to the Sisters. The blow downs from Upper Pyramid trail on 560 slowed us down but well worth the battle of the trees. Some great double track on the west side of the route before entering the forest on the Crescent Mt trail.
    Doing this CW seems the best way as well. Thanks for exploring and mapping the route. Plenty of water and plenty of hunters this time of the year.

  • Andy Young says:

    Rode it July 8th. After seeing the comments about shale I took my XC bike and was happy to have done it. The 35c tires on my CX bike would’ve slowed things down quite a bit on the rockier ups and downs. This is a fantastic loop with killer views in several sections and the single track was so much fun on a full suspension. They’re not kidding about the blow down. Had to go over or under ~20-25 trees and hopped others that were low enough. A great 2 hour ride with plenty of streams for water if need be and if you have an emergency filter. Lots more to explore in that area.

    • Anonymous says:

      Sorry, rode it Aug 8th, not July. Flowers were still plentiful though.

    • Kevin / Co-Founder @ Dirty Freehub says:

      Thanks for commenting! This really helps other riders get a “feel” for the ride and helps with letting others know the conditions.

  • Siobhan McNulty says:

    We rode this route on July 6 and to say it was in full bloom would be a drastic understatement. Entire hillsides covered with rhododendron. Huge wild lilies. Lupine. Beargrass. Indian Paintbrush and more! Note that after you cross the berm by the Pyramid trail, you’ll be treated to about 2 miles of blow down…but nothing too crazy…just served as a nice upper body portion of the workout. Thx for the great route!

    • Kevin / Co-Founder @ Dirty Freehub says:

      Thanks for commenting. It really helps out other riders and helps to make the site great!

  • Andrew says:

    Super beautiful loop! The section past the upper pyramid trail parking had lots of downed trees right now and a bear growled at us but it was worth it.

  • DeWayne Weaver says:

    I rode it today. Forgot my helmet, bear spray, and bear bell. Also forgot it was the first day of hunting season. Good thing I was wearing bright colors! Great route. Not very scenic since I rode into a cloud bank, but still really fun!

  • DeWayne Weaver says:

    TH is off Hwy 20, not 26. Thanks for sharing this!

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