Sherman’s March

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

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The real name of this route is “Sherman’s March to the See” because there’s a whole lot to see in the Camp Sherman area including the Head of the Metolius River, base of Black Butte, shores of Round Lake, 2003 B&B Complex Fire, Wizard Falls Fish Hatchery, Metolius River, and the town of Camp Sherman. It’s mind-blowing just how many things are packed into one bike ride.

The details: First up, a quick section of gravel and easy singletrack followed by a stop at the Head of the Metolius. Then a moderate climb along the north shoulder of Black Butte followed by a ripping gravel descent to the paved road that leads south back towards Camp Sherman. At the U-turn, the route meanders briefly along the Metolius river and then crossing it, followed by a short section of gravel and a fun 3-mile section of single-track, slightly uphill. Climb up to Round Lake to enjoy the vast views of all the surrounding mountains. Then descend back down (ok this bit is always a little bumpy!). Then you can feel like a “hero” on the pavement and then begin the climb through the B&B Complex fire area along the southwest side of Mt. Jefferson. Descend, cross the Metolius River at Lower Bridge and then onto the Wizard Falls Fish Hatchery (which is well worth a stop), followed by rolling up on pavement back to Camp Sherman.

Note: You can easily shorten the route by eliminating:

  • The shoulder of Black Butte, delete 11.5 miles and 1050 feet of gain.
  • Round Lake, delete 11 miles and 1150 feet of gain.
  • The B&B Complex Fire, delete 4 miles and 500 feet of gain. At mile 32 continue north on NF 12. (Map. GPS file.)

This route rides great (!) in the spring/early summer when the “washboard” is a minimum, the peaks are snow-capped, and the flowers are in bloom. The fall colors can also be outstanding. If possible, do the ride midweek and not on a summer holiday weekend.

To avoid navigation / GPS confusion, the map shows the route ending a mile before the Camp Sherman store. To get back to the start, continue south on along the river for an additional mile.

Adventure / Gravel Route

– Loop: 40 miles / 3100 ft gain
– Surface: ~ 60% gravel, 7.5% single track, 32.5% paved
– Location: Camp Sherman, OR
– Date Published: October 2014 (updated July 2020)

Difficulty

Moderate. Rating based on the length, elevation gain, and the moderately technical demand of Round Lake.

The Start

Camp Sherman, at the country store.

Food / Water

Wizard Falls fish hatchery, ~ mile 35.


Downloads

GPX File / TCX File

Legend

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

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.

  • Kevin / Co-Founder @ Dirty Freehub says:

    The descent from Round Lake on the northern road is really rough and washboarded. It may make more sense to do this route in the reverse direction right now.

  • Gravel Girl says:

    Wowwwwzz. I just love this route. Views were amazing yesterday!

  • KevinE says:

    Ride Report / October 28, 2017. Wow! The fall colors were incredible, the roads were in good to great shape, and few people. Couldn’t get much better.

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