Washington Gravel

Here you will find some of the best gravel and mixed gravel rides in Washington State. Blue pins link out to “5 Star Routes“, red pins link out to “Training Routes“. The pin markers are clickable!

5 Star routes are our premier routes. They are the “best of the best.” They are curated, well documented and each route has been ridden by the Dirty Freehub Team.

Training routes are those routes that don’t meet the grade of 5 Star routes (but still can be really fun to ride once) or they are a composition of elements from several 5 Star routes.

Below the map is an alphabetical listing of routes organized by 5 Star Routes and then Training Routes. A short summary of each ride is given with a clickable link to more detailed information.

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5 Star Routes

5 Star routes are our premier routes for fun, beauty and adventure. They are the best of the best! They have all been personally ridden by the Dirty Freehub team and are extensively documented with pictures, a detailed route description, logistics like parking, food and water stops, are rated by difficulty, and have a detailed map with GPS files.

Bare Naked Gravel

Five miles of fern-whacking single track with a few steam crossings. A big climb and one wide-smile, twisting downhill … long enough to sing all the Barenaked Lady songs you can remember. And … wildflowers!

Loop: 32 miles / 3400 feet
Surface:  ~ 35% gravel, 12.5% single track, 52.5% tarmac
Difficulty: Moderate
Where: ~ 45 min northeast from Hood River, OR / 1 hour 10 min from Portland, OR

Big Lava

What makes this ride so special? Fun to ride roads and several “one of a kind” natural features: the Big Lava Bed, the magical disappearing lake within South Prairie, Goose Lake and one of the most impressive falls in the Columbia Gorge region, Panther Creek Falls.

Loop: 54 miles / 5200 feet
Surface:  ~ 65% gravel, 35% paved
Difficulty: Moderate+
Where: ~ 45 min northwest of Hood River, Oregon / 1 hour 10 minutes northeast of Portland, OR

Hillbilly Weather Station

One of the many reasons to do this ride is the Hillbilly Weather Station. The others: incredible views of the Hood River, a few miles of the Klickitat Trail, a switch backy and viewy climb up Fisher Hill, rolling farmland, and a blasting-fun paved downhill. Oh, and lots of wildlife which for us included deer, wild turkeys, and a bear. And let’s not forget the vineyards.

Lollipop: 48 miles / 4400 feet
Surface:  ~ 62% gravel, 1% Roubaix, 37% paved
Difficulty: Moderate
Where: ~ 15 min east of Hood River, Oregon

Panther Creek

The Panther is just one cool cat … and so is this ride which includes meandering along and past Panther Creek, Panther Creek Falls, a whole lot of lush forest including the Wind River Experimental Forest and … a stop along the Pacific Crest Trail.

Loop: 21 miles / 2600 feet
Surface:  ~ 23% gravel road, 77% paved
Difficulty: Easier+
Where: ~ 40 min from Hood River, OR / ~ 1 hour, 10 min from Portland, OR

Sleeping Beauty

You will need mind altering drugs or a tremendous vision to think the rock formation on this ride looks like sleeping beauty, but this ride is still very much a fairytale …

Loop: 34 miles / 3000 feet
Surface:  ~ 40% gravel road, 60% tarmac
Difficulty: Moderate
Where: ~ 35 min north of Hood River, OR / Trout Lake, WA


Training Routes

A listing of routes that either: (a) do not meet our 5 Star criteria (but are still really fun to ride) or (b) have not been fully investigate by us. Many of the routes have been contributed by local riders. The descriptions are brief, the mapping detail is less, and the route and cue sheet accuracy is not guaranteed.

Evergreen Gravel

This route is entirely within Capitol State Forest, near Olympia, Washington. From what we hear it is the local place to ride, offering great roads and excellent views. Note, this is a multi-use area and a working forest — logging is still taking place in some areas.

Loop: 47 miles / 6000 ft gain
Surface: ~ 87 % gravel, 13% single track
Difficulty: Advanced
Where: ~ Olympia, WA

Hart’s Pass

This is a 5 Star route, but we have yet to have a great day for pictures. The Dirty Freehub team has been visiting the Winthrop area since the early 1990’s when Seattle was home. The scenery in the North Cascades is absolutely breathtaking! For a bit more on the area and the road check out this link by the National Forest Service and this link by Dangerous Roads.

Out & Back: 43 miles / 5600 ft gain
Surface: ~ 70 % gravel, 30% single track
Difficulty: Advanced
Where: ~ Winthrop, WA

Walla Walla GRIT

“Walla Walla is famous for its renowned road riding, but the locals have been venturing into the Blue Mountains for years to get their fix of first class gravel roads. All three courses stay together for the first 24 miles, which includes the iconic (and challenging) Cottonwood Creek climb.”

GRIT 45

Lollipop: 44 miles / 3500 ft gain
Surface: ~ 40 % gravel, 60% paved
Difficulty: Moderate
Where: Walla Walla, WA

GRIT 65

Lollipop: 64 miles / 5900 ft gain
Surface: ~ 50 % gravel, 50% paved
Difficulty: Advanced
Where: Walla Walla, WA

GRIT 95

Loop: 94 miles / 9800 ft gain /
Surface: ~ 67 % gravel, 33% paved
Difficulty: Advanced
Where: Walla Walla, WA

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