Six Shooter

5 Star Route

Six Shooter: a wild west term for a gun that can fire off six shots. It’s a favorite of wild west legends such as Sheet Iron Jack, a known outlaw, and resident to this area later in life. Jack created one of the first bulletproof vests (which served him well when he was out stealing horses.) But Six Shooter isn’t just a type of gun; it’s also a 36,000-acre ranch that you’ll be seeing a lot of on this route.  

The editor of the Shasta Courier wrote, “Sheet Iron Jack cursed the robbers until the very air smelled of brimstone, and small streaks of lightning flashed from his mouth and played in fiery circles around his head. [Bad Company by Joseph Henry Jackson]

The first third of the route overlaps the famous Twickenham Loop route, a favorite of our roadie pals. The middle third passes by the ghost town of Richmond on Six Shooter Road and then slices through the Six Shooter ranch, which has over 60 lakes and springs, 500 heard of cattle and a private lookout tower. The final part of the ride is a blasting paved downhill that swoops you back into the cute town of Mitchell. The variety of terrain will keep you guessing all day, “what’s going to be next?”.

Ride Details
Miles 0 to 16 / Paved with Undulating Climbs

From Mitchell head west, and take a quick right onto Highway 207 towards the community of Service Creek. The next 18 miles are part of the Oregon Painted Hills Scenic Bikeway. We have ridden these miles many times on a road bike, but never south to north as this. The riding and scenery are spectacular! The terrain is rolling and open. Scattered Juniper trees mixed with grassy hillsides. **Click to Read More

Adventure / Gravel Route

Loop: 48 miles / 4400 ft gain
– Surface: ~ 40% gravel, 60% paved
eBike Friendly: Yes
– Location: ~ 1 hour, 40 minutes northeast of Bend, Oregon
– Published: June 2020

Tech Difficulty & Risk[what this means]

Moderate. Due to: (a) several short, steep pitches above 6%, (b) the remote nature of part of the ride (miles 21 to 31) and, (c) limited cell phone reception.

When we like to ride this …

On a sunny spring / summer day with temps in the 60’s to 70’s and little wind. The majority of the ride is exposed to sun and wind. From late August to early December, we DO NOT recommend this ride as it is active hunting season and a portion of the ranch is actively used for hunting.

The Start

The makeshift dirt parking lot directly across from Spoke’n Hostel. Toilets and water. Please go inside and introduce yourself to the manager and advise them of your plans for the day. And … donations are really appreciated! (These guys are great for cycling in the area, let’s keep them in business!)
Lat / Long: 44.568715, -120.159433

Food / Water

None


Downloads

Wahoo / Garmin Direct Download
Cue Sheet / GPX file / TCX file

Legend

Red = paved road
Brown = gravel / dirt road

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.

Ridden and Reviewed by …

Gravel Girl / Team Dirty Freehub

She loves a good day of gravel like most people like a good book. She’s always amused by the outdoors and the wild adventures. Gravel Girl is a Co-Founder of Dirty Freehub.

Captain O / Team Dirty Freehub

He should have “Never Stop Exploring” tattooed on his chest! He loves adventures on bikes and is a Co-Founder of Dirty Freehub.

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