This is a ride that all Bend cyclocross and adventure riders should have in their quiver of rides. It is a great training ride, close to town, scenic, and can be done in about 2 hours. For those visiting Bend with limited time, we would suggest the Water and Lava or the West Side Tour routes as better choices.
The ride will take you into the Skyline Forest, through the Two Bulls fire area and along the back and east side of Shevlin park. There are two short sections of the ride that can be challenging: a section of deep dust / sand ( ~ 150 yards) and a section with larger rocks (golf ball sized) in the road as you descend to the crossing of Shevlin creek (about .2 miles in length).
Adventure / Gravel Route
– Loop: 20 miles / 1300 ft gain
– Gravel (mostly, ~1.5 miles of pavement)
– Location: Bend, OR
– Date Posted: November 2016 (updated September 2018)
For the experienced beginner. Can have some loose and sandy sections.
At the Shevlin Commons public parking area, just off Skyliner road.
Food / Water
Red = paved road
Brown = gravel / dirt road
Purple = paved bike path