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The Lakes Loop

  • Length:
    42.1 miles
  • Difficulty:
    Extreme
  • Nearby Cities:
    Ashland
  • Region:
    Southern Oregon
  • Attributes:
    Extended Climbs, Lake Views, Wildlife Views

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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.

Start southeast on Wedgewood Ln 243 feet (74 meters)
Turn right onto OR-66 E/Green Springs Hwy 66
Continue to follow OR-66 E
7.3 miles (11702 meters)
Slight right onto Buckhorn Springs Rd 2 miles (3243 meters)
Continue onto Tyler Creek Rd 4 miles (6429 meters)
Head east on OR-66 E/Green Springs Hwy 2.6 miles (4193 meters)
Turn left onto E Hyatt Lake Rd 3 miles (4796 meters)
Keep right at the fork 2.7 miles (4299 meters)
Turn left onto Hyatt Dam Rd/E Hyatt Lake Rd 1.4 miles (2252 meters)
Turn left onto Hyatt Prairie Rd 351 feet (107 meters)
Turn right onto Buck Divide Rd/Buck Prairie Rd 2.9 miles (4610 meters)
Old Hyatt Prairie Rd turns slightly right and becomes Buck Divide Rd/Buck Prairie Rd
Continue to follow Buck Prairie Rd
3 miles (4903 meters)
Continue northwest on Dead Indian Memorial Rd 12.9 miles (20777 meters)
Turn right onto OR-66 W/Green Springs Hwy 66 381 feet (116 meters)
Turn left on Wedgewood Ln 243 feet (74 meters)

The Lakes Loop is a great ride that gets in roughly 50 miles and 4,000+ feet of cumulative climbing.

In summer this loop should be started early, as both Dead Indian Memorial and Green Springs are long exposed climbs. Both are quite uncomfortable in the sun when it’s 90 degrees. Both climbs are long and challenging. Dead Indian is nearly 13 miles with some steep sections, especially in the second half. Green Springs is really a very steady climb, rarely steeper than its 6% average grade. Stop for lunch at the Green Springs Inn if you’d like; this is an optional turnaround point at most club rides. If you choose to continue, food, water and restrooms are available at the Hyatt Lake Resort. Because half the ride is above 4,000 feet in elevation, this ride is not always an option in late fall and winter.

About This Ride:
The loop can easily begin at just about anywhere in Ashland. Club rides usually start at the Roasting Company. Continue from there to Highway 66. You can ride the loop either way. The traditional route climbing Green Springs is probably a little easier; it spreads the elevation gain into a long hard grunt up Green Springs, a section of steep undulations on Hyatt Prairie Road and another 500 feet on the east side of Dead Indian. Climbing Dead Indian first climbs most everything in one very long hard climb. Follow the Howard Prairie/Hyatt Lake Road between the highways and enjoy the exciting descent back into Ashland.

Directions:
Traditionally the ride starts at the Roasting Company, but Lithia Park or Ashland Middle School among others would make excellent starting points.

Motorized Vehicle Traffic: Light to moderate; many curves with minimal shoulders.

Seasons: Spring to fall

This ride brought to you by Siskiyou Velo.

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