White River Loop

Ridden and Reviewed by: Gravel Girl

Maupin offers up miles of amazing gravel and mixed gravel routes that showcase river and mountain views … and this route is a signature route for the area. It’s a take off of the Sherar’s Falls Oregon Scenic Bikeway with a some gravel added (~ 15 miles), a bit more distance (~ 17 miles) and a dapple more remote. The route loops around the White River and the Deschutes River with three bridge crossings, the most dramatic at Sherar’s Falls.

You start in Maupin City Park at the edge of the river. From there you climb up and up again (~ 4 to 5% grade for 3.5 miles) through the town of Maupin until you reach sprawling cattle ranches with continuous backdrop views of Mt Hood. This is where the gravel starts … you whiz through rolling farm land with a looming Mt Hood off in the distance.  (If you don’t see the mountain then you just need to come back on a sunnier day.) Eventually you drop down into the White River Canyon on a rocky road that requires you to carefully pick your line. From here, cross the river and climb back out to the same elevation. When you reach the farm with all the bulls, you are done with your gravel for the day. Now for the zippy part! 

A few more twists and turns, a few more ups and downs takes you to the half way point of Wamic. Luckily, there is just the perfect store to pick up snacks, the Wamic Store. // Read More


Adventure / Gravel Route

– Loop: 50 miles / 3100 ft gain
– Surface: ~ 70% paved, 30% gravel roads
– Location: Maupin, Oregon
– Rideable: Most of the year
– Course by: GCaptain “O”
– Published: April 2019

Difficulty

Moderate

The Start

Maupin City Park. Flush toilets and water.

Food / Water

Wamic Store (~ mile 27) and Tygh Valley General Store (~ mile 34).


Downloads

Cue Sheet / GPX FileTCX File

Legend

Red = paved road
Brown = gravel / dirt road

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1 thought on “White River Loop”

  1. Andrew Murray

    White River Loop is a great ride out of Maupin. Some nice climbs and descents, and except for the short stretch down into the White River Canyon, all the gravel roads are fast and smooth. Easily down on a gravel or cross bike. A road bike and skills could work but there’s a lot of gravel. A hard tail 29er would be fine too, just a bit slower. The Wamic Store is located almost exactly 1/2 way into the ride so two water bottles are all you need to make it through this ride. This is a great fall or spring ride when Bend might be a bit cold or snowy still. If you’re looking or breakfast or lunch in Maupin, The Riverside is hard to beat.

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