Tygh My Shoes

5 Star Route / Ridden and Reviewed by Gravel Girl

This route loops you up and through the White River Wildlife area, into the ghost town of Friend, around the east side of the Badger Creek Wilderness area via a one-lane paved Forest Service road and back down to Tygh Valley on a gravel road with expansive views near the end. For those of you with an adventurous spirit, you will will love this ride. You also pass by a local swimming hole, and a waterfall so hidden there’s a great chance you will miss it. We love the combination of views, farm lands, forest …. and the visit to the well preserved Friend schoolhouse.

Ride Details
The start is at the Wasco County Fairgrounds. It has parking, flush toilets and camping with hookups. Heading north and then east out of Tygh Valley, you come across small cattle farms with lovely, open grazing areas. Instead of cattle, we spotted lots of deer resting in the shade of the pine trees. // Read More

Adventure / Gravel Route

– Loop: 30 miles / 2800 ft gain
– Surface: ~ 50% gravel, 50% paved
eBike Friendly: Yes
– Location: ~ 20 min north of Maupin, Oregon
– Course by: Captain O
– Published: November 2019

Difficulty

Moderate

When we like to ride this …

Spring through fall. Summer can be hot! Early spring can have a significant stream crossing and could possibly be muddy. The section of the White River Wilderness area that the route goes through is closed December 1 to March 31st for black-tailed deer and Rocky Mountain elk migration.

The Start

Wasco County Fairgrounds. Flush toilets and water. Camping with hookups.
Lat / Long: 45.253265, -121.207325

Food / Water

None


Downloads

Cue Sheet / GPX FileTCX File

Legend

Red = paved road
Brown = gravel / dirt road

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