5 Star Route / Ridden and Reviewed by Gravel Girl
The Camp Sherman area is one of the most diverse and scenic areas to ride in Central Oregon. Attractions include the Head of the Metolius, Black Butte, Round Lake, the 2003 B&B Complex Fire, Wizard Falls fish hatchery, the Metolius River, and the town of Camp Sherman.
The ride. 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 gravel descent to the paved road that leads south back towards Camp Sherman. At the U-turn, the route meanders briefly along the 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, descend, 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, followed by rolling up on pavement back to Camp Sherman.
Note, there are several options to making the route shorter. 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 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: 52 miles / 4000 ft gain
– Style: Mixed (5 gravel sectors, 31.4 miles total / 2 single-track sectors, 4.7 miles total)[tooltip tip=”For more detailed sector info, click on View Full Version on map (below).”]**[/tooltip]
– Course by: Captain “O”
– Location: Camp Sherman, OR
– Date Updated: October 2017
Moderate. Rating based on the length, elevation gain, and the moderately technical demand of Round Lake.
Camp Sherman, at the country store.
Food / Water
At mile 11 you are within several hundred yards of the Camp Sherman store. At mile 48 you can refill water at the fish hatchery.
Red = paved road
Brown = gravel / dirt road
Blue = single track
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