Wolf & Bear

5 Star Route

This route just adds to our love affair with riding in the Ochocos. The route begins and ends in ranching country, but the middle is pure Ochocos. A climb through Ponderosa forest into the shadow of Bear Mountain, all the while hugging Wolf Creek. An expansive mountain meadow at 5000+ feet, Little Summit Prairie, which is huge on flowers. (And we think … more beautiful than Big Summit Prairie.)

Big Summit Prairie is a five-by-seven-mile basin at an elevation of 4,500 feet … Little Summit Prairie is a smaller area twelve miles to the east. Described as “unexpected meadow islands in dramatic old growth ponderosa pine forests.” Both areas are known for their diversity of wildflowers and birds. [The Oregon Encyclopedia]

While other parts of the Ochocos are known to kick up in steepness, this one never does. The climbing is quite moderate. With 12 miles of glorious pavement in the start, you’ll be lulled into thinking the day will be fast and you’ll be back at the car in a flash. But we’ve tossed in some rugged miles to keep it an honest effort. The finish is pure magic, sweeping down into Paulina Valley with big open sky views.[micro-video] **Click to Read More

Ride Notes

If you’re looking for some after ride eats and drinks, Paulina has a general store. Stop in, say hi, let them know that you did one of the Dirty Freehub gravel rides.

Adventure / Gravel Route

Loop: 52 miles / 3200 ft gain
– Surface: ~ 75% gravel, 25% paved
eBike Friendly: Yes
– Location: ~ 1 hour, 50 min east of Bend, Oregon
– Published: June 2020

Difficulty

Moderate. Due to distance, gain, and road surfaces.

When we like to ride this …

Mid spring through mid summer when the creeks are flowing and the flowers are in bloom.

The Start

Dirt pullout at the intersection of Highway 380 and Paulina Valley road. No services. However, just across the street is the Paulina General store.
Lat / Long: 44.133925, -119.963897

Food / Water

None


Downloads

Wahoo / Garmin Direct Download
Cue Sheet / GPX file / TCX file

Legend

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.

Ridden and Reviewed by …

Gravel Girl / Team Dirty Freehub

She loves a good day of gravel like most people like a good book. She’s always amused by the outdoors and the wild adventures. Gravel Girl is a Co-Founder of Dirty Freehub.

Captain O / Team Dirty Freehub

He should have “Never Stop Exploring” tattooed on his chest! He loves adventures on bikes and is a Co-Founder of Dirty Freehub.

  • Anonymous says:

    Excellent ride, not so great weather. Light snow, sunshine, mist.
    Deep ruts through the loam for about a mile or so. Looks like some
    four wheeling people were out.

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