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Total B.S. (Bull Springs Road)

  • Length:
    42.9 miles
  • Difficulty:
  • Nearby Cities:
    Bend, Sisters
  • Region:
    Central Oregon
  • Attributes:
    1 Day Rides, Gravel Road, Mountain Views

Trailhead Elevation: 3610 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, 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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From Bend: Travel northwest on Shevlin Park Road to Shevlin Park and park here. As an alternative, you can continue past Shevlin Park and drive up the .4 mile hill and park at the entrance to Bull Springs Rd., which is the first left atop the hill.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to heavy truck traffic, bicycles are prohibited on this route Monday through Friday, 6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

At nearly 45 miles round trip, this classic route takes riders along a well-maintained gravel Forest Service road from Bend to downtown Sisters and back. With forested runs, mountain views, open vistas and lunch in Sisters, it has long been a casual “default” ride when other mountain bike routes are still snowed in or too muddy.

Park at Shevlin Park, climb the .4 mile hill heading north and turn left onto Bull Springs Road. Follow this paved road until the .8 mile mark, where you’ll come to a 3-way intersection with “No Trespassing” signs for Taylor NW on the road continuing straight ahead. Here, turn right onto a wide gravel road and continue as it merges onto Bull Springs Road / NF-4606, which will take you all the way to Sisters. Follow this as it makes its way through the forest, where you’ll find a nice view of South Sister down a west facing straightaway at the 10.4 mile mark, which is nearly the half way point. Continue along the road as it breaks into the open, and at 15.5 miles you will pass through a gate before riding on and reaching the paved Three Creek Road just south of Sisters at the 21.1 mile mark. Turn right onto Three Creek Road and follow this north into Sisters, passing Village Green Park, which is across from the fire station and offers water, shady grass and restrooms.

Sisters offers a number of excellent dining choices for lunch, including Sno-Cap Drive-In, Sisters Coffee Company, Angeline’s Bakery, Los Agave’s Mexican Grill and many others. Cyclists will find Eurosports, as well, which offers everything you might need for cycling, including repairs.

To return to Bend, you may retrace your route on Bull Springs Road or make a loop involving some paved roads. To do the latter, travel 4 miles back on Bull Springs Road and turn left onto NF-900/Petersen Ridge Rd. Follow this gravel road until you can turn right onto Harrington Loop Rd. at approximately .9 miles. Follow this and turn right onto Gist Road, which then turns into Ponderosa Cascade Dr., which then connects with Sizemore Rd. Follow Sizemore Rd. approximately 6 miles to the Tumalo Reservoir. After crossing a small bridge at Tumalo Reservoir, stay straight instead of turning left on Tumalo Reservoir Rd.; head south on the gravel road, which leads back to Bull Springs Rd.

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