Gravel Routes: New on Ride Oregon

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    Brynna King
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Photo by Donnie Kolb

In Oregon, we don’t limit ourselves to paved roads. And we don’t even stop at mountain biking trails. That’s because our state’s landscape includes remote expanses chock full of mountains, shorelines, prairies, rivers, fields, valleys and everything in-between, and all of them are explorable by bike via lightly traveled gravel roads and dirt paths.

Our new Gravel Rides route category highlights some of the best gravel and dirt routes across the state, complete with GPS data, equipment recommendations and information about services and support. These routes have been ridden and deemed awesome by local gravel-riding expert, Donnie Kolb, and they pass through some of the most incredible scenery you’ll ever see.

We’ve added six routes to start:

Old Dalles offers sweeping views of the Columbia River Gorge from a dirt and gravel figure-8 route with plenty of climbs and descents. At just 47.4 miles with a moderate difficulty rating, this is a great route for intermediate riders. View route

Bike along gorgeous river ridges on the Oregon Stampede route. Starting in The Dalles and looping south and west through the White River Wildlife Area, this ride boasts amazing scenery, including multiple waterfalls and views of several mountains. View route

Explore Eastern Oregon’s remote expanses as you pass through the Hart Mountain and Sheldon National Antelope Refuges on the Hart-Sheldon Hot Springs route. There are no services available on this route, so you’ll have to pack everything you’ll need. View route

The Barlow Trail route explores the historical Barlow Road wagon trail, circling around Mt. Hood. Take in beautiful river and mountain views and visit historic Oregon sites. View route

The 276-mile Steens Mountain route circumnavigates Steens Mountain in southeastern Oregon. You’ll pass through a desert and a wildlife refuge, soak in hot springs and catch amazing sights, from deep river valleys to wild horses. (Services are extremely limited — be prepared to rough it!) View route

The ultra-marathon of gravel riding, the Oregon Outback route, bisects Oregon south to north, from Klamath Falls to the Columbia River Gorge. Ride for 364 miles on mostly dirt and gravel roads, taking in the full scope of Oregon’s unparalleled scenery. View route

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