H2O

Note: This is Training Route, a good local ride, but not a destination route.

A quick and relatively easy ride just west of Bend with a cool little bit of single-track that is rarely ridden. We use this route on days when we are looking for something close to home and just want to relax. There are one, maybe two, popper hills … but nothing more.

We (Gravel Girl and Captain O) have ridden this route many times. We have classified it as a Training Route in that it uses many elements of other routes and that it lacks some of the better “gobsmacking” views that Bend is known for.

Adventure / Gravel Route

– Loop: 20 miles / 1300 ft gain
– Surface: ~ 70% gravel, 5% single track, 5% paved bike path, 20% paved road
eBike Friendly: No
– Location: Bend, OR
– Published: June 2018 (updated Nov 2021)

Terrain & Technical Difficulty

Easier+

Terrain: Dirt roads and some single-track, rated mountain bike easy.

Navigation: There are a number of unsigned/unmarked turns. It is easy to miss a turn, but also easy to recognize that you have missed a turn. This is a great course to work on your navigation skills.

Locale: Just outside the urban boundary of Bend. You are likely to see other bikers, runners, and hikers.

Ride Highlights:

  • The Discovery Mural
  • Shevlin Park
  • The Hidden Canyon sector of single-track
  • The view at the Miller Cinder Pit

The Start

The Grove (Market Hall) in Northwest Crossing. This is a great place to grab a before ride coffee and an after ride snack.
Lat / Long: 44.059480, -121.351831


Downloads

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

Legend

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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