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

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