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Water & Lava Loop

  • Length:
    27 miles
  • Difficulty:
  • Best Season(s):
    Spring to Fall
  • Nearby Cities:
    Bend, La Pine, Sisters
  • Region:
    Central Oregon

Trailhead Elevation: 4065 ft

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This is one of my favorite rides — close to town, combining all the elements of adventure riding – paved roads, dirt roads, dirt paths, bike paths and some single track – and fabulous views.

**Adventure / Gravel Route
- Lollipop
- Location: Bend, Oregon
- Mixed route: 2 gravel sectors @ 19 miles total (8, 11)

For experienced beginner gravel / adventure rider. The single track is about 2.5 miles in length and has a few rocky sections …. walk the sections that you are not comfortable with.

**The Start:
At the parking lot at the intersection of the Cascades Lake Highway and Forest Service Road 41.

**Food / Water:
At Visitor Center during summer.


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