Sublimity Hills

5 Star Route / Ridden and Reviewed by DeWayneW

“Sublimity is one of the most prettily situated towns in the valley, standing upon an elevated ridge at the south end of the long range of ‘Waldo Hills’ and overlooking in every direction one of the most beautiful and fertile stretches of country the eye could wish to behold.” Oregon Statesman, New Year’s Edition, 1 Jan 1899. (Yes! That date is correct!)

Or, in my words, this ride is endless rolling hills of green that will make you think you’re in the Scottish Highlands. With each changing season, and even time of day, the fields along the route change color, so the route and views never get old. The views from the tops of the many rolling hills (and from the historical, pioneer-day cemeteries) are stunning!

There are few flat areas, but the hills rarely exceed 6%, although there are a few short 8-9% thigh burners.

Ride Details

The route starts out on pavement for a couple miles, then quickly turns to wonderful, rolling gravel … passing by Lone Fir Pioneer Cemetery(Est. 1850) and several farms. Just after mile 6, the road becomes paved again, a sparsely travelled paved road. You pass by a huge Christmas tree farm with some great vista views of the foothills to the East. **Read More

Adventure / Gravel Route

– Loop : 28 miles / 2100 ft gain
– Surface: ~ 45% gravel, 55% paved
eBike Friendly: Yes
– Location: ~ 15 min east of Salem, OR
– Date Posted: February 2020

Difficulty

Moderate-. The route is continuously rolling, but free of long sustained climbs. However, the hills will eventually slow you down, especially the last climb over Basl Hill at ~ mile 20.

When we like to ride this …

I like to ride this route whenever it’s not pouring rain since the views never get old, and the vehicle traffic is always light. It is a great mid-week or weekend ride to train or maintain for the really big rides.

The Start

Park at the Southeast corner of Church Park, where there are nice restrooms.
Lat / Long: 44.830178, -122.790973

Food / Water

None. Even on a hot day, 2 liters of water will be plenty for this route.


Downloads

Wahoo / Garmin Direct Download
Cue Sheet / GPX FileTCX File

Legend

Red = paved road
Brown = gravel / dirt road

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