Sherar’s Falls Scenic Bikeway
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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 tripcheck.com, 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.
Official Maps from Oregon Parks and Recreation
Sherar’s Falls Scenic Bikeway traverses the strikingly scenic high desert canyon of northern Central Oregon, known as River Canyon Country. This 33-mile loop winds along the Deschutes River en route to the bikeway’s namesake, Sherar’s Falls, where the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs fish for salmon just as they have for thousands of years — from wooden scaffolds using traditional dip nets and set nets.
Riders will follow a section of White River and pass White River Falls State Park, one of Oregon’s secret hideaways, where a short walk leads to views of the river’s 90-foot plunge over a basalt shelf.
The small, vibrant town of Maupin — and its walkable downtown, friendly locals, restaurants, lodging and camping — serves as the bikeway’s start and finish.
This ride is best enjoyed in spring and fall, as well as some mild winter days. In springtime, wildflowers dot the hillsides, including lupine bearing purple sprays and arrowleaf balsamroot with its pops of yellow. Come winter, Central Oregon can be a dry, temperate reprieve while the rest of the state shelters from rain. Tucked in the protective shadow of the Cascade Mountains, the region boasts 300 days of sunshine and less than six inches of rain per year.
Visit the Maupin Area Chamber of Commerce website to learn more about things to do before or after riding this route.
Important Traffic Information:
In addition to TripCheck.com, please contact the ODOT office in Wasco County, 541-296-2215, for current information about road conditions.
Scenic Bikeway routes often include roads with car and truck traffic. Although the Scenic Bikeways are routed on low-traffic and low-speed roads whenever possible, most are designated for cyclists that are comfortable riding in some amount of traffic. For traffic-free riding, please check out the Tualatin Valley Scenic Bikeway section north of Banks and the first half of the Covered Bridges Scenic Bikeway.