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Aguereberry Point

Development Route
Death Valley National Park, California (South)
Explore one of the quietest areas of Death Valley NP on this ride. Highlights: a canyon, a pass, an old mining town, and "The Great View" of Death Valley according to Pete Aguereberry.

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Our Newest Gravel Routes

Buenos Aires (Rancho de la Osa Start)

Alts & Options Route
~ Tucson, Arizona
This is a version of the classic Buenos Aires route but starts from Rancho de la Osa, a working dude ranch near the US-Mexico border just outside of the town of Sasabe.
Route: Lollipop | 44 mi
Gain: 2,500 ft
Surface: ~ 100% gravel
Technical Difficulty: Demanding
Navigation: Attention Required
Locale: Remote
Tire Suggestion: 45 mm+
eBike Friendly: Yes

Sasabe

5 Star Route
~ Tucson, Arizona
A highly scenic rolling gravel ride through Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge. Get big views of the sacred peak Baboquivari. Visit Rancho De La Oso, an amazing dude Ranch loaded with Hollywood history. Get up close to the "new" border wall. Pop into the Sasabe store for a burrito. Stop at the Buenos Aires Visitor’s Center to learn about the amazing wildlife and storied history of the Refuge.
Route: Loop | 29 mi
Gain: 1,300 ft
Surface: ~ 90% gravel, 10% paved
Technical Difficulty: Easier
Navigation: Attention Required
Locale: Remote
Tire Suggestion: 40 mm+
eBike Friendly: Yes

White Tank

5 Star Route
~ Phoenix, Arizona
Ride a fast, flowy section of the Maricopa Trail. Hit the rugged and technical at White Tank park. Take a hike out to see the white granite bowls formed by flowing waterfalls. Learn about the people who occupied these lands for thousands of years.
Route: Lollipop | 21 mi
Gain: 800 ft
Surface: 85% single-track trail, 15% paved
Technical Difficulty: Demanding
Navigation: Attention Required
Locale: Urban Backcountry
Tire Suggestion: 45 mm+
eBike Friendly: Yes

Ash Meadows

5 Star Route
~ Las Vegas, Nevada
In the midst of the high Mojave desert just outside of Death Valley, a dry, inhospitable and what at first glance seems lifeless, lies an oasis with a very rare and unique ecosystem.
Route: Loop | 42 mi
Gain: 997 ft
Surface: 100% gravel
Technical Difficulty: Easier
Navigation: Straightforward
Locale: Remote
Tire Suggestion: 45 mm+
eBike Friendly: Yes

Dropbar

5 Star Route
Bend, Oregon
A ride that strings together some of the best drop-bar-gravel-riding mountain bike trails in the area. The Mrazek section is a “frickin” fabulous flowy downhill. This route is not subject to extreme moon dust like some of other mountain bike trails in the dead of summer.
Route: Loop | 28 mi
Gain: 1,800 ft
Surface: 40% gravel, 40% single tack, 5% bike path, 5% paved
Technical Difficulty: Moderate
Navigation: Attention Required
Locale: Urban Backcountry
Tire Suggestion: 45 mm+
eBike Friendly: No

Coffee Run!

5 Star Route
Bend, Oregon
A simple out-and-back route that is a great cold weather ride. Not much climbing, but a lot of spinning to keep you warm. Big views of the Cascade Mountains, some interesting and infamous history, and a stop at a coffee house in Sisters?
Route: Out & Back | 31 mi
Gain: 1,200 ft
Surface: ~ 65% gravel, 15% single-track, 20% paved
Technical Difficulty: Moderate
Navigation: Attention Required
Locale: Urban Backcountry
Tire Suggestion: 45mm+
eBike Friendly: No

In Plain View (The Short)

Alts & Options Route
Bend, Oregon
One of our “go to” fall and spring rides. It has no overheating big climbs and no chilly big descents, and packs in some fantastic views!
Route: Loop | 23 mi
Gain: 830 ft
Surface: 90% unpaved 10% paved
Technical Difficulty: Easier
Navigation: Straightforward
Locale: Rural
Tire Suggestion: 45mm+
eBike Friendly: Yes

Ashes to Glory

Alts & Options Route
Madras, Oregon
A uniquel grave course situated in the rugged high desert of Oregon's Jefferson county.
Route: Lollipop | 58 mi
Gain: 6,044 ft
Surface: 60% gravel, 40% paved
Technical Difficulty: Demanding
Navigation: Straightforward
Locale: Remote
Tire Suggestion: 40mm+
eBike Friendly: Yes

Dooley Mountain Climb

5 Star Route
~ Baker City, Oregon
Follow the same route up and over Dooley Summit that miners of the late 1800s took to transit between the gold mining towns of Auburn and Clarksville. Steet, rugged and beautiful!
Route: Loop | 17 mi
Gain: 2,500 ft
Surface: 50% gravel, 50% paved
Technical Difficulty: Demanding
Navigation: Straightforward
Locale: Remote
Tire Suggestion: 45mm+
eBike Friendly: Yes

Milk & Honey

5 Star Route
~ Paisley, Oregon
The Paisley area has been plagued with bad wildfires in recent years, but somehow we found an amazing route that skips the burn areas. Streams, meadows, pine and ponderosa forests and ridge line views … this route is big on adventure and wildlife. (w/ shorter options)
Route: Loop | 47 mi
Gain: 3,100 ft
Surface: ~ 85% gravel / dirt roads, 15% paved
Technical Difficulty: Moderate
Navigation: Attention Required
Locale: Remote
Tire Suggestion: 40 mm+
eBike Friendly: Yes

Tum Tum

5 Star Route
Corvallis, Oregon
Experience the heart of the mid-Willamette Valley and the eastern flank of the Coast Mountains. Expect deep, dark forests, vista views, lung-sucking popper hills, historical points of interest, and some eclectic art.
Route: Loop | 39 mi
Gain: 3,800 ft
Surface: ~ 55% gravel, 10% single-track, 35% paved
Technical Difficulty: Moderate
Navigation: Attention Required
Locale: Remote
Tire Suggestion: 40 mm+
eBike Friendly: No

Rabbit Ears

5 Star Route
~ Medford, Oregon
Old growth forest with granddaddy trees, the enfolding Rabbit Ears rock formation that will leave you inspired, and a jaunt up to a lookout tower that will have at least half your group pushing their bikes!
Route: Loop | 30 mi
Gain: 4,000 ft
Surface: 100% gravel
Technical Difficulty: Moderate
Navigation: Attention Required
Locale: Extremely Remote
Tire Suggestion: 40mm+
eBike Friendly: Yes

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