Wolf Mountain Lookout

5 Star Route

Calling all “view chasers”: the climax of this route is the Wolf Mountain Lookout, which was built in 1947 (yes, they let you climb to the top!) and provides awesome views of the Black Canyon Wilderness and the eastern end of the Ochoco National Forest.

The first lookout on this site was a 50′ wooden L-6 tower and cabin one mile west of the present tower. In 1932 a crow’s nest was erected one mile east, which is still standing. The present 107′ treated timber L-4 tower, built-in 1947, is staffed every summer and still uses the old phone system with radio backup. [National Historic Lookout Register]

But there’s more to this than just the lookout, like more and more of the wonderful Ochocos. Ponderosas galore, streams, wildflowers, wildlife … more of the wild, wild west rugged rocky terrain and more of the rolling green ranchlands. Plus, the route includes the old Rager Ranger Station.

Now that should keep you entertained for the whole ride. We also love the constant surface switching …. Smooth pavement, gravel, tougher gravel … the variety keeps you guessing. **Click to Read More

Adventure / Gravel Route

Lollipop: 37 miles / 3100 ft gain
– Surface: ~ 70% gravel, 30% paved
eBike Friendly: Yes
– Location: ~ 2 hours east of Bend, Oregon
– Published: June 2020


Moderate. Due to (a) some rocky, gnarly terrain (b) a descent of 1400 feet with gradients of 6 to 10%, and (c) the remote location of the ride and lack of cell phone service.

When we like to ride this …

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

The Start

Sugar Creek Day Use area. Pit toilets.
Lat / Long: 44.234962, -119.806120

Food / Water



Wahoo / Garmin Direct Download
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.

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.

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