‘Y’ Madras

5 Star Route / Ridden and Reviewed by Captain ‘O’

This route highlights many of the unique features of riding gravel in Madras. The Baldwin Hills. Hay Creek. The Crooked River National Grasslands. The farming community of Gateway. Lake Simtustus. Dry Canyon.

This is an excellent early season training route. Moderate distance with many small climbs, but nothing long and arduous. More pavement than gravel. A nice flat stretch of 6 miles, just beyond the halfway point, to spin some energy back into your legs for the Pelton Hill climb at mile 45. 1.3 miles at an average gradient of 11%.

Ride Details

The route starts at the Madras Aquatic Center. Let the front desk know you are here doing a Dirty Freehub gravel bike route and they will usually allow you access to the locker rooms without a fee. (After the ride, I like to use the hot tub and take a shower. This will cost you a day pass, but it goes to a really good cause. Do it!) **Read More

Adventure / Gravel Route

– Loop: 57 miles / 4600 ft gain
– Surface: ~ 35% gravel, 5 % Roubaix, 60% paved
eBike Friendly: Yes
– Location: Madras, Oregon
– Published: March 2020

Difficulty

Moderate. Due to distance / elevation gain.

When we like to ride this …

In the spring when the fields are green and the grassland flowers are in bloom. The route rides well most of the year, even in the winter. Look for times when the snow levels are high and the desert is dry. On hot summer days or windy days, I would avoid this route – it is just too exposed.

The Start

Madras Aquatic Center. Flush toilets. Water.
Lat / Long: 44.632995, -121.105463


Downloads

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

Legend

Red = paved road
Brown = gravel / dirt road

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