A mostly gravel ride through the Santiam State Forest with an exceptional viewpoint. There is a significant amount of climbing on this route for the miles ridden. Starting at about mile 2, the route gains 3300 feet over 13 miles at an average gradient of 4%. Just before Tom Rock, the viewpoint and high point of the day, the road kicks up in grade, ~ 9% or so.
Elevations in Santiam State Forest range from 1,000 to 5,000 feet (1,500 m) above sea level. The terrain is characterized by long, steep slopes leading to broad ridge tops. Stream channels are common, and in most cases, have cut deeply into the hills. Higher elevations are rocky, especially on very steep slopes and ridge crests. [Wikipedia]
Parts of the descent are quite steep [above 9%] and most of the route is open to vehicles, so caution is advisable. Overall, the gravel is hard packed, and fast.
The route goes through one locked gate near Tom Rock, but it’s not posted. There is one very short, steep, sketchy connector “road”, on the downhill at mile 17.1 to 17.6, that has several drainage ditches cut across it. Some riders may want to walk / hike this section.
A member of the Dirty Freehub team has ridden the entire route [on a mountain bike], but we have yet to decide if the route meets our 5 Star standards and if so, to fully document the route. We would love to hear your feedback if you do give it a go. Leave us a comment at the bottom of the page.
Adventure / Gravel Route
Technical Difficulty & Risk[what this means]
Advanced. Due to several steep downhill sectors in excess of 9%.
When we like to ride this …
On a day with clear skies and good visibility. Spring through fall.
Lat / Long: 44.751764, -122.469984
Red = paved road
Brown = gravel / dirt road
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