Bend Gravel Training Routes

Here you will find routes that do not meet our 4 or 5 star criteria but are still really fun to ride. The descriptions are brief, the mapping detail is less and the route accuracy is not guaranteed.  Please leave us a comment regarding the route you did and what you thought.  Thanks!

Alpaca

A great late fall, winter, early spring route. Without moisture, the “moon dust” on the route can be brutal. A couple of miles ( ~ 3 miles) on Barr road are technical / chunky according to “live2bike”. By Captain “O”.
Loop: 45 miles / 1700 ft gain / ~ 65 % gravel
Difficulty: Intermediate
The Start: Tumalo Coffee shop
Cue Sheet / GPX file / TCX file

Big Big Red

A longer version of Big Red that is easily accessible from Bend. A fun to ride route, but at the longer distance it lacks elements  to be listed as a curated, 5 Star route. By Captain “O”.
Dumbbell: 59 miles / 1200 ft gain / ~ 65 % gravel
Difficulty: Intermediate
The Start: Intersection of Conklin road (FS 41) and Beneham Falls road
Cue Sheet / TCX file

Bust Your Butte Gravel Challenge 2018

The 2018 gravel race course in and around the China Hat / Horse Butte area. “Some great smooth gravel, some not so great cinder gravel and thick pumice sand and washboard gravel. That’s what you get on a gravel ride! Epic views.” JenK.   Recommended early spring / late fall when the washboard is less.
Lollipop: 53 miles / 2600 ft gain / ~ 70 % gravel
Difficulty: Intermediate
The Start: Horse Butte trailhead parking area
Cue Sheet / TCX file

H2O

A quick ride just west of Bend with a cool little bit of single-track that is rarely ridden. By Gravel Girl.
Loop: 19 miles / 1200 ft gain / ~ 85 % gravel (noted in brown on the map)
Difficulty: Easier+
The Start: Northwest Crossing roundabout
Cue Sheet / GPX file / TCX file


Lower Bridge (Gravel)

A great late fall, winter, early spring route. Without moisture, the “moon dust” on Barr road can be brutal. Also, Barr road has a 3 mile section of “pump and chunk”.  But this is a great training route that takes in many elements of other routes like Alpaca, Westside Tour and H2O. By Captain “O”.
Loop: 77 miles / 3100 ft gain / ~ 40 % gravel
Difficulty: Intermediate
The Start: Northwest Crossing roundabout
Cue Sheet / GPX file / TCX file

Mean Todd Rides Again!

A mixed route with a bit of gnar near Todd Lake.  Possible water at Mt. Bachelor and Skyline Lodge. By Captain “O”.
Loop: 51 miles / 4600 ft gain / ~ 60% gravel (noted in brown on the map)
Difficulty: Intermediate+
The Start: Phil’s Trailhead
Cue Sheet / TCX file

Mt. Bachelor Loop

A new way to ride around Mt. Bachelor with some gravel.  Water at Lava Lake Resort and Elk River resort. By AndrewM.
Loop: 51 Miles / 3800 ft gain / ~ 35 % gravel (noted in brown on the map)
Difficulty: Intermediate+
The Start: ~ 0.5 miles east of Meissner Sno-Park
Cue Sheet / TCX file

Paul’s Route

A challenging mixed route exploring the south Bend and beyond. By PaulB.
Loop: 43 miles / 1900 ft gain / ~ 75% gravel
Difficulty: Intermediate+
The Start: Farewell Bend park
Cue Sheet / GPX fileTCX file

Trade Wars

A quick ride in the China Hat area. By DennisK.
Loop: 32 miles / 2200 ft gain / ~ 90% gravel
Difficulty: Easier+
The Start: Near intersection of China Hat road and Knott road
Cue Sheet / TCX file

Twin Bridges Pavel

Reverse direction of the Twin Bridges classic route with some gravel thrown in.  This is a great winter time / cold weather riding route. By Tom H and MikeH.
Loop: 43 miles / 2000 feet gain / ~ 50% gravel
Difficulty: Easier+
The Start: Northwest Crossing roundabout
Cue Sheet / TCX file

2 thoughts on “Bend Gravel Training Routes

  1. Thanks Michael … Alpaca is a great ride for winter because it should stay low enough to be ice free. Thanks for dropping us a line … hard for us to think about cold temps. Going to 94 tomorrow in Tasmania so we will be on SUPs. Happy trails! And congrats for getting out there in the winter! We’ve also heard that Ghost of Ashwood is running great.

  2. Rode Alpaca yesterday and had a blast. I’m no expert on riding conditions around here but aside from a little bit of manageable ice it rode great. I really appreciate all these routes and the season recommendations. 👍👍🙌🙌😍

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