In Plain View
5 Star Route / Published March 2014
Plainview is the name of an unincorporated community just outside of Sisters that has a plain view of a whole lot of big mountains. And that is where you are headed on this ride.
This is one of our “go to” rides in the winter (video). It is close to town, snow free most of the winter, no big climbs to overheat on and no big descents to get cold on …. and it has some fantastic views! The Sisters. Mt Washington. Mt Jefferson. Black Butte. We also use this for large group rides that become more of a gabfest than a ride because the roads are super wide.
As of March 2022, we have updated the route to avoid the gate closures near the Verhyden property. **Click to Read More
As you turn onto Bull Springs road at mile 0.5 there is a sign that states “no bicycles Monday through Friday”. We have checked with Deschutes County and the road is a public use road and bicycle access is not limited. Unfortunately, this sign is on private property and the county does not have jurisdiction to remove it. However, we strongly suggest that you ride single file on Bull Springs road due to the truck traffic.
40 mm tires are a good choice for this route. The route rides good in both directions. However, as mapped the views are bigger!
A red blinky light is a nice to have for the last paved sector, from mile 29 to 33.
Adventure / Gravel Route
– Loop: 38 miles / 1500 ft gain
– Surface: ~ 80% gravel, 20% paved
– eBike Friendly: Yes
– Location: Bend, OR
– Published: March 2014 (updated Nov 2017, Mar 2020, Mar 2022)
Moderate. Some areas may be soft and parts of the Brooks – Scanlon logging road demand attention due to the rocks that are larger than gravel.
Navigation Challenge & Risk: Moderate. The first half of the ride is the most difficult to navigate. There is a maze of gravel and dirt roads in the Skyline Forest section that are unsigned, but most turns are evident.
Locale Risk: Urban backcountry. Close to town, but still has a bit of a remote feel.
When we like to ride this …
Late fall. Early spring. And when we are limited on time and need a quick go-to ride. Winter is usually good, but if it has snowed in town, give it some time for the north facing sections to melt out. This route includes areas that are seasonally closed (December 1 to March 15) to motor vehicles to protect winter time wildlife habitat.
Shevlin Park. Toilets.
Lat / Long: 44.083331, -121.377644
Food / Water
Red = paved road
Brown = gravel / dirt road
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