Big, Big Red

Development Route

This is a Development Route – it has not been fully vetted by the Dirty Freehub Team. The turn-by-turn directions have not been validated, the route has not been ridden in its entirety by a Dirty Freehub Team member, and the general documentation is less. Development Routes are an organic, community effort to develop ideas into highly curated, 5 Star Routes. Riding a Development Route requires a sense of adventure, self-sufficiency, and good navigational skills. We also ask that if you do ride a Development Route, contribute some knowledge back. See the right panel for how to get involved.

A longer version of Big Red that is easily accessible from Bend. We really like this route before Memorial Day and after Labor Day. During the summer, it has a “pinball wizard” feeling as you navigate through Sunriver during the height of tourist season.

We anticipate this becoming a 5 Star ride once COTA completes the new mountain biking trails just to the west of Sunriver. (Currently we have it listed as a Development Route.) We continue to work this route, making subtle but significant changes. We have ridden this route in its entirety.

Adventure / Gravel Route

Dumbbell: 48 miles / 1500 ft gain
– Surface: ~ 65% gravel and single track, 35% paved bike trail and road
eBike Friendly: No
– Location: ~ 15 min southwest of Bend, OR
– Published: July 2018 (updated: October 2020)

Technical Difficulty & Risk[what this means]

Moderate-. There is some single track rated at mountain bike easy to intermediate.

The Start

Dirt parking area just before the intersection of Conklin Road (FS 41) and Benham Falls Road (FS 400). On the west side of Conklin Road (FS 41).
Lat / Long: 43.953201, -121.443694


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


Red = paved road
Brown = gravel / dirt road
Blue = single track
Purple = paved bike path / roubaix

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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