Bend has a number of super secret little paths, many of them are gravel and a few follow canal roads. So while this route isn’t in the mold of one of our classic five star rides, we recommend you give it a go. Why?

  • To inspire you to leave that car at home (you will be shocked by how fast you can zip around town).
  • It is a great recovery ride, very low key and mellow.
  • When the weather is looking bad, and you want to ride, but also want an easy “bail out”.
  • It is a great route for testing your navigation skills! Way better than being in the middle of the Ochocos where you have no phone coverage and rarely see cars!
  • It is a great ride for Mom & Day to do with the kids. Some caution is advised though

The ride starts in The Old Mill near Strictly Organic coffee shop and the footbridge across the river. Ride the walking / bike path on the east side of the Deschutes river. Go slow and enjoy the views. (Little kids on bikes with streamers have right away!). After a mile or so, go under the Reed Market Bridge, wind your way through a bit of single track, and then “pop up” a hill and find your way up to a gravel canal road. (The canal is now buried below ground). The canal road will take you under Highway 97. Read More

Adventure / Gravel Route

– Loop : 14 miles / 500 ft gain
– Mixed route: ~ 55% gravel, 4 sectors / ~ 5% single track, 1 sector, ~30 % paved bike path, 6 sectors
– Location: Bend, Oregon
– Rideable: All year
– Route Author: Gravel Girl
– Published: October 2018


Easier. There is a short section along the river, in the beginning, that has some technical features. Walk this if need be.

The Start

Old Mill at the wooden foot bridge.

Food / Water

Water & Toilets at Larkspur Center (mile 4.7) and Pilot Butte (mile 7).


Cue Sheet / GPX FileTCX File


Red = paved road
Brown = gravel / dirt road
Blue = single-track
Purple = paved bike path

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