The Watershed

Development Route / by Captain ‘O’ & Gravel Girl

Fifteenmile. Eightmile. Fivemile. Threemile. If you look at a map closely, you will see all these creeks originating on the eastern flank of Mt. Hood and flowing down into the hills and valleys between Dufur and The Dalles, into the mighty Columbia river. Thus, the name … The Watershed.

This 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!

The Dirty Freehub Team has not ridden this exact course, thus the Training Route designation. But, we have ridden extensively in the Dufur / Maupin area and can attest that the riding is great.

We really like this area in the springtime, when the fields are green and the flowers are in bloom. It also rides well in the fall. Summer can be hot and … windy days can be brutal.

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.

Route Options

This route can be shortened to 56 miles with 4400 feet of gain. At mile 43 go right onto Eightmile road. You will intersect the original course at mile 59.

This route can be made longer by combining it with the Tygh Ridge route out of Dufur for a route of 98 miles, 7400 feet of gain, 55% gravel. Map, GPX File, TCX File. The town of Dufur, at ~ mile 64, is a convenient stop to refuel with food and water. We like Kramer’s Market.

Another great route in the area, not documented by Dirty Freehub, but by Our Mother the Mountain is Japanese Hollow.

Adventure / Gravel Route

– Loop: 71 miles / 5800 ft gain
– Surface: ~ 45% gravel, 55% paved
eBike Friendly: Yes
– Location: ~ 30 min east of Hood River, Oregon
– Published: June 2019


Moderate+. Due to distance and elevation gain. But … there is a lot of pavement.

The Start

Firehouse park, The Dalles
Lat / Long:  45.598896, -121.135249


Cue Sheet / GPX file / TCX file


Red = paved road
Brown = gravel / dirt road

For help with GPS files, the RideWithGPs mapping app and to learn how to download our routes for free, see the “Using Our Rides” page.

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