Metolius River Loops Scenic Bikeway
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This series of loops begins and ends at the historic Camp Sherman Store and Fly Shop on the beautiful Metolius River. These loops vary in difficulty from short, family-friendly rides of as little as 3.3 miles to a more challenging 20-mile ride if you connect several of the shorter loops. With a few moderate exceptions, most of the riding is flat or rolling, and perfect for a family outing.
All loops along this route are paved roads maintained by the Forest Service. Shoulders are typically narrow, and traffic and speeds are moderate on most stretches. Several stopping points along the routes offer potable water and restrooms.
You’ll enjoy beautiful views at the Metolius Fish Overlook, both placid and breathtaking glimpses of the river and peek-a-boo views of Mt. Jefferson, and you can find great educational stopping points for picnics and hikes at the Head of the Metolius, the Wizard Falls Fish Hatchery and a variety of historical sites.
These routes follow a beautiful stretch of the Metolius River that reflects dynamic changes of the seasons as they progress; you’ll enjoy amazing greens of all hues in the spring and summer, followed by stunning reds, yellows and oranges throughout the fall.
How to Ride the Route
Connect all the loops for a 20-mile ride. Or, ride individual loops.
A Loop — 6.5 miles
This route features the chance to see a rare sight: the full-blown Metolius River emerging from a hillside as if by magic at the head of the Metolius visitors area.
The A Loop begins and ends at the Camp Sherman Store. Head east from the store to connect to Forest Road 14, taking a right and following it south. At about 2 miles take the turnoff into the Head of the Metolius parking area. After checking out the river’s visual genesis, turn right back onto Road 14 and follow it to the junction with Camp Sherman Road/Road 1419 at about 3.75. Turn right and follow 1419; it will turn right at an intersection just before 6 miles but remain the same road. The total loop (not counting the turnoff for the Head of the Metolius) is just over 6.5 miles, and it has an elevation change of just less than 200 feet from lowest to highest point.
B Loop — 3.3 miles
The B Loop begins and ends at the Camp Sherman Store and heads north up Forest Road 900 before crossing the Metolius River via the Allingham Bridge and then looping back to the start via Forest Roads 1217, 1420 and 1419 to make more of a square than a circular loop. It’s an easy and largely flat 3.3-mile ride with great views of the river for the first part, followed by forest views.
C Loop — 5 miles
The C Loop begins and ends at the Camp Sherman Store and heads north up Forest Road 14 before looping back via Forest Road 900. It’s an easy and pleasant 5-mile ride with great views of the river.
D Route — 14.6 miles
The D Route begins and at the Camp Sherman Store and heads north up Forest Road 14 to the Lower Bridge Campground, where Road 14 crosses the river – a very pretty spot. The road turns to gravel just beyond the bridge, so this is the turnaround point. On the way back to Camp Sherman you can get a little variety by connecting to the C Loop – a quick jog Forest Road 900 just past the 12-mile mark. You can also extend this ride by taking the Allingham Bridge across the river between mile 13-13.5 and looping out to the west on the B Loop.
This is a fairly easy, 14.6-mile ride with great views of the river along the way.
Motorized Vehicle Traffic: Low
Seasons: Spring to fall
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