Macks Canyon

5 Star Route

Pictures are worth a thousand words and if you are thinking of doing this ride just take a peak at our photos. This entire ride is on a winding, dirt road that CLINGS to the river. It’s a simple out and back … with the end of the road, at Macks Canyon, offering up some of the most spectacular views. Macks Canyon is an archaeological site which was home to the Sahaptin speaking people of the Columbia Plateau who occupied the area as early as 5,000 BC.

There’s constant entertainment with the river as well: rafters floating down the river, fishermen competing against water birds to catch fish, and campers dispersed among random campsites. Oh yes, and fat wild turkeys that get rather confused on take off (we are still thankful they didn’t take out a bike!)

At the end of the road, there’s a small hiking trail that will allow you to continue your journey along the river and make your way to the Columbia River. If you continue past our route, be forewarned, there is an ~ 4 mile section of single track with some hike-a-bike. Our Mother of the Mountain guys have investigated this section of trail and written a bit about it. A proposed route using this connector is detailed here. **Click to Read More

Adventure / Gravel Route

– Out & Back : 34 miles / 950 ft gain
– Gravel route: Mostly … with several short sections of pavement
– Location: ~ Maupin, Oregon
– Rideable: Most of the year
– Course by: Imperial River Co.
– Published: April 2019



The Start

At the end intersection of Sherar’s Bridge highway and the BLM access road, north of Maupin by ~ 10 miles. Park on the shoulder of the road.

Food / Water



Cue Sheet / GPX FileTCX File


Brown = gravel / dirt road

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