Madras Mountain Views Scenic Bikeway
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The Madras Mountain Views Scenic Bikeway is a peaceful 30-mile loop through Central Oregon. It offers amazing views of Oregons volcanoes and agricultural and pastoral scenery.
The bikeway passes through a sage and juniper ecosystem, showcasing basalt palisades above the Deschutes and Crooked Rivers and the farms and ranches of Jefferson County. It takes riders through an important agricultural area of the state, where grass seed, onion seed, carrot seed, garlic, potatoes, wheat, alfalfa, lavender and mint are grown.
But best of all are the magnificent views for which the Madras Mountain Views Scenic Bikeway is named. Riders enjoy views of all seven major volcanic peaks in Oregon: Mount Jefferson, the county namesake; the Three Sisters mountains, Faith, Hope and Chastity; Mount Hood; Broken Top; and Three-Fingered Jack; as well as several buttes. Riders cruise on a smooth, paved road with several gravel overlooks above The Cove Palisades State Park and Lake Billy Chinook. These overlooks are great places to see eagles, raptors, deer and even snakes or lizards.
On this route, riders will pass through Culver, Metolius and Madras in Central Oregon. Each location offers a variety of amenities, including food, water and sanitary facilities. Madras offers the majority of lodging choices.
Riders will start and finish in downtown Madras, the seat of Jefferson County, with a population of 6,250. Riding 1 mile gets cyclists out of downtown into beautiful agricultural country.
Depending on riders fitness level and pace, the ride will take between two and three hours to complete. Riders looking for an additional challenge can add an extra mile up to the top of Round Butte or down to Lake Billy Chinook in The Cove Palisades State Park.
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