This challenging gravel and pavement ride showcases some of the best of Central Oregon high — rugged hills, valleys, ranch lands, the historic mining boom town turned ghost town of Ashwood, majestic basalt cliffs, and the Polka Dot agate mine.
This is a demanding route! The Hay Creek Road sector (miles 8 to 17) is rough, chunky and slightly downhill. It will test your bike handling skills. The paved sector of Pony Butte road (miles 20 to 35) climbs and undulates with a final descent of 800 feet into Ashwood. The climb out of Ashwood is steep and demanding. From mile 43 on it is mostly downhill. 2400 feet of descent with 800 feet of gain, with the longest continuous climb being 250 feet.
In the spring when the creeks flow full and the flowers are in bloom. (Truly our favorite time.) Or on a cool, sunny fall day when the trees are changing colors. Or, on a winter day, when the ground is frozen (yes, frozen, not just cold). It is best to avoid this route when wet or muddy because the mud can really stick to your bike.
Juniper Hills park. Flush toilets.
Lat / Long: 44.635943, -121.098392
This route was first proposed and put together by AndrewL, the event promoter for the Ashes to Glory race. Great idea!