This area is winter migration habitat (December 1 to March 31) for mule deer and elk. Please limit your group size to 4 or less.
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.
As of August 2021, we have updated the route to avoid the gate closures near the Verhyden property.
Fall and spring. And when we are limited on time and need a quick go-to ride. This route will hold snow in the winter, and we discourage use during this time due to the area being critical mule deer winter habitat. The area is closed from December 1 to March 15 to motor vehicles and may be closed during the summer months due to wildfire risk. You can learn more about winter range closures here (by Deschutes Land Trust) and here (by National Forest Service).
Shevlin Park. Toilets.
Lat / Long: 44.0830870, -121.377065
This is one of our “go to” rides in the fall and spring (video). It is close to town, has 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 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.
A red blinky light is nice to have for the last paved sector, from mile 29 to 33.
The start lat / long: 44.138191, -121.414744