#Bend Shorts

This is a list of rides in the Bend area that are:

  • short in length, usually less than 25 miles
  • less than 2000 feet of gain, and
  • less than a 20 minute drive from Bend, Redmond, LaPine, or Sisters.

They are meant to be a quick after work rides or rides for early spring / late fall when the days are short and the weather is “iffy”.

Big Red

5 Star Route
La Pine, Oregon
This ride is easy like Sunday Morning. But it’s well worth the drive to La Pine for the river views … and the visit to Big Red (the oldest and largest Ponderosa tree in Oregon).
Route: Loop | 17 mi
Gain: 500 ft
Surface: 70% gravel road / singletrack, 30% paved
Technical Difficulty: Easier
Navigation: Straightforward
Locale: Urban Backcountry
Tire Suggestion: 40mm
eBike Friendly: No

Fifty 50

5 Star Route
Bend, Oregon
A route that is close in to central Bend, short in distance, and has a good variety of terrain to work on technical skills. This is a go-to route when time is limited, or the weather is colder, and you're looking for something a bit "flatter" where you can keep moving and warm.
Route: Loop | 21 mi
Gain: 1,200 ft
Surface: ~ 65% gravel, 10% single track, 15% bike path, 10% paved
Technical Difficulty: Moderate
Navigation: Challenging
Locale: Urban Backcountry
Tire Suggestion: 45 mm+
eBike Friendly: No

H2O

Development Route
Bend, Oregon
A quick and relatively easy training 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.
Route: Loop | 20 mi
Gain: 1,300 ft
Surface: ~ 70% gravel, 5% single track, 5% bike path, 20% paved road
Technical Difficulty: Easier
Navigation: Attention Required
Locale: Urban Backcountry
Tire Suggestion: 40 - 45 mm
eBike Friendly: No

Haystack

5 Star Route
Bend, Oregon
This route has some of the best, if not the best views of the Cascades from anywhere in Central Oregon. The route is a fun mixture of gravel and pavement, juniper trees and farmlands, rolling hills, flats and a few popper hills.
Route: Lollipop | 20 mi
Gain: 1,500 ft
Surface: 45% gravel, 55% paved
Technical Difficulty: Moderate
Navigation: Straightforward
Locale: Urban Backcountry
Tire Suggestion: 40 mm
eBike Friendly: Yes

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

Metolius Preserve

5 Star Route
~ Sisters, Oregon
Explore the quiet and beautiful Metolius Preserve with larch, fir, and pine trees. The colors in the fall are out of this world!
Route: Tootsie Roll | 14 mi
Gain: 800 ft
Surface: 50% gravel / double track, 50% single track
Technical Difficulty: Easier
Navigation: Challenging
Locale: Urban Backcountry
Tire Suggestion: 40 mm+
eBike Friendly: No

Railbed Spurs

5 Star Route
Bend, Oregon
This route follows a number of former railbed logging spurs once used to harvest trees from the Deschutes National Forest. As a result the grades are low and constant allowing for a quick after-work ride. On the back-half of the route there are some big open views.
Route: Lollipop | 23 mi
Gain: 1,400 ft
Surface: 100% gravel/dirt roads
Technical Difficulty: Easier
Navigation: Attention Required
Locale: Remote
Tire Suggestion: 45 mm
eBike Friendly: No

Townie

5 Star Route
Bend, Oregon
Learn the super secret little paths and gravel roads of Bend. Not our classic five star rides, but we recommend you give it a go just to learn our town.
Route: Loop | 14 mi
Gain: 500 ft
Surface: 55% gravel, 30 % paved bike path, 15% paved road
Technical Difficulty: Easier
Navigation: Attention Required
Locale: Urban
Tire Suggestion: 40 mm
eBike Friendly: Yes

Westside Tour

5 Star Route
Bend, Oregon
A great entry-level ride that includes First Street rapids, the North River trail, Shevlin Park, Phil’s Trailhead, Good Dog Park, River Bend Park, Miller Park, and Drake Park. Wow!
Route: Loop | 25 mi
Gain: 1,300 ft
Surface: 50% gravel, 5% single-track , 20% bike path, 25% paved
Technical Difficulty: Easier
Navigation: Attention Required
Locale: Urban
Tire Suggestion: 40mm +
eBike Friendly: No