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|Start northeast on Bakeoven Rd||72 feet (22 meters)|
|Turn left on Bakeoven Rd||3.5 miles (5681 meters)|
|Head southeast on Bakeoven Rd||13.5 miles (21767 meters)|
I ride the descent part of this route on a regular basis, since I live on Bakeoven Road and work in Maupin. It’s gorgeous and there’s a lot of wildlife. Pronghorns, elk, mule deer, bald eagles and songbirds can all be seen. There is also NO traffic.
You’ll start at the south end of the Deschutes River bridge on Bakeoven Road. The ride begins with a short descent toward City Park. You’ll veer to the right and immediately begin a spectacular ascent. The first 2 miles are made up of steep hairpins as you’re cursing the climb please keep in mind that this is an out and back! After 2 miles the grade lessens to almost flat before “topping out” at mile 3.8. (Topping out is in “quote marks” because this is really a 24-mile climb.) After 3.8 miles there is a brief descent followed by more climbing. The climbing is fast, however, as there is usually a tailwind and the grade is 2% to 3%. The road begins a more consistent climb between miles 12 and 19. At 19, look for fast rollers to the summit and the turnaround. Now it’s time to get your revenge on the climbs. The final drop to the finish is a blast — you’ll be flying as you roll past City Park and the Imperial Lodge. Bakeoven Road is in good condition.
Motorized Vehicle Traffic: Practically nonexistent
Seasons: Spring to fall