The Oregon Outback
Trailhead Elevation: 4113 ft
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In Oregon, a bicycle is legally considered a vehicle, and the same Oregon road laws apply. Please “be seen” and practice safe riding. Vehicle traffic, farm equipment and narrow shoulders exist on many Oregon roads, and you may find that construction projects, traffic or other events may cause road conditions or signage to differ from the map results, ride descriptions and directions. For travel options plus weather and road conditions, visit tripcheck.com, call 511 (in Oregon only), 800.977.6368 or 503.588.2941. Routes listed on this website are for informational purposes and intended as a reference guide only.
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Starting in Klamath Falls near the California border, you’ll traverse the entire length of the state from south to north along lightly traveled roads, including a slice of the route’s namesake area: the Oregon Outback — a dusty, remote portion of the state. Expect extremely limited water and services and some of the most beautiful riding anywhere.
Highlights include the OC&E Woods Line State Trail, 30-ounce steaks at the Cowboy Dinner Tree, Fort Rock, the Crooked River, the Ochoco Mountains and amazing views of the Deschutes and Columbia Rivers.
This route is 75 percent dirt, consisting primarily of good dirt and gravel roads with two specific areas of note — the OC&E Woods Line State Trail and the “Red Sauce Forest.”
A sturdy bike with wide tires, preferably around 2 inches, is recommended for this route.
For more information on the route, services and what to expect, check out the full details at OregonBikepacking.com.