A long, but moderate gravel climb. An undulating ridge with sweeping views in all directions. A long downhill (gravel, then paved) past grazing cattle and orchards into the start / finish at Dufur.
The Dufur / Tygh Valley / Dalles area is one of the best spring time riding areas in the state. Moderate temps and little rain. The roads are quiet, the views are big!
I really like this area in the springtime, when the fields are green and the flowers are in bloom. This area also rides well in the fall. Summer can be hot and … windy days can be brutal.
I have ridden most of this course, just not as mapped and not all on the same day. I expect that we will designate it as a 5 Star Route in the future when we have complete documentation. Thus, for the time being we have designated it as a Training Route. Gravel Girl and I have ridden extensively in the Dufur / Maupin area and can attest that the riding is great!
The course mapped here is a modification of the Gorge Gravel Grinder by Breakaway Productions. They also put on the Cascade Gravel Grinder, a weekend event, and Oregon Trail Gravel Grinder, a 5 day stage race.
Another, longer option, is to combine this route with Summit Ridge.
The town of Dufur is a great spot to basecamp for several days of riding. The Friends of Dufur city park has camping and RV hookups. There is the Balch hotel in town and Kramer’s Market for groceries.
Adventure / Gravel Route
– Loop: 46 miles / 3200 ft gain
– Surface: ~ 50% gravel, 50% paved
– eBike Friendly: Yes
– Location: ~ 40 min southeast of Hood River, Oregon
– Published: February 2020
Moderate. Due to distance / elevation gain.
Friends of Dufur park. Flush toilets. Water.
Lat / Long: 45.450636, -121.127538
Red = paved road
Brown = gravel / dirt road
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