Tygh My Shoes
(Tygh Valley Start)
Ridden and Reviewed by: Captain “O”
A very moderate ride that loops through Mt. Hood National Forest, past the ghost town of Friend and rolls over wheat fields and ranching lands between Dufur and Tygh Valley and ends with a 6-mile paved descent to the valley floor. This ride is pure bliss. Take the time to stop, look and take pictures. We did this ride as Day 1 of Cycle Oregon Gravel in 2019.
Ease into the ride with 2.5 miles of paved road that is reasonably flat. Spin your legs to get ready for the long, but moderate gravel climb ahead. Climb 1600 feet over 9 miles, with an average gradient of 3%, sometimes a bit steeper. About half way through the climb, you enter Mt. Hood National forest. The gravel road tends to be in good condition – hard packed, little traffic, but can be washboarded in spots. At about 6.5 miles into the climb, at the 90 degree right turn, the road becomes paved. Who knew? Why? Hmm?? // Read More
The paved road is mostly a one lane road with sections of broken pavement. It continues to climb at an average gradient of 3 % for the next 3 miles. Therafter it rolls up and down. Be careful of rockfall and debris on the road, but don’t forget to take in the the big views to the east.
At ~ mile 18, after the rough cattle guard, the road returns to gravel and ranching / farming lands. It is straight and long, but with fun rollers that are slightly downhill. Feel like a hero! Soon you pass by the ghost town of Friend where the pavement returns for several miles.
More gravel and a 6 mile descent dropping 1500 feet back into Tygh Valley. Spin out the legs on the last bit of pavement, flat pavement, to the finish.
If you are looking for a longer ride, consider Tygh My Shoes with the Dufur start. This ride is as good as the short version, if not better!
Adventure / Gravel Route
– Loop: 39 miles / 3000 ft gain
– Surface: ~ 35% gravel / primitive forest service roads, 65% tarmac
– Location: Tygh Valley, Oregon
– Rideable: Spring to Fall. Summer can be hot!
– Course by: Cycle Oregon
– Published: June 2019
Tygh Valley General Store
Lat / Long: 45.248036, -121.173137
Food / Water
None along the route. Tygh Valley General store at start / finish.
Red = paved road
Brown = gravel / dirt road