An Afternoon on the Twin Bridges Scenic Bikeway
Scenic Bikeway Itinerary
In 2013, we at Ride Oregon partnered with Path Less Pedaled to create a series of short, inspirational videos featuring our Oregon Scenic Bikeways. For each video, we sent a small group of cyclists out to experience our Scenic Bikeways and the towns they pass through. Scenic Bikeways are more than just bike rides; these routes, suggested by local proponents, offer a chance to experience community and beauty all across Oregon.
The Twin Bridges Scenic Bikeway is the perfect route for a fun day ride as part of a beautiful weekend getaway in Bend. And since it’s only 36 miles long, you’ll have time left to explore, play and dine to your heart’s content. This route starts and ends at Drake Park, right in the heart of Bend. You’ll have your choice of places to stay and play. But here’s what our team did:
Start just outside the city center at Seventh Mountain Resort, well-known for its recreation-friendly accommodations. (Not only do they offer mountain bike rentals — there’s also a pump track on site!)
When you’re ready to ride, load up your bikes and drive to Drake Park. You can leave your car there while you ride.
Head out on the bikeway, savoring the low-traffic roads, the changing scenery and the constant views of the Cascade Mountains.
About 25.5 miles in, you’ll come to the small, friendly town of Tumalo. We stopped at Raganelli’s Pizza for a meal, poked around a few shops, and ended our little detour with a pick-me-up at Tumalo Coffeehouse. Rest as much as you need to before the final climb back into Bend.
For the last three or so miles, your legs will get a break as you coast on flat roads into downtown Bend.
Arrive back at Drake Park. After you’re done gazing into Mirror Pond, spend the evening sampling craft beer and other delicacies at Crow’s Feet Commons (also a full-service bike shop), 10 Barrel Brewing Company and the Deschutes Brewery.