Twin Bridges Scenic Bikeway
Turn-by-Turn Directions (show)
|Turn right at NW Broadway St||131 feet (40 meters)|
|Turn left toward NW Tumalo Ave||0.2 miles (255 meters)|
|Turn left on NW Galveston Ave/NW Tumalo Ave||0.3 miles (482 meters)|
|Continue onto Skyliners Rd||1.6 miles (2579 meters)|
|Slight right to stay on Skyliners Rd||279 feet (85 meters)|
|At the traffic circle, continue straight to stay on Northwest Mount Washington Drive||1 miles (1647 meters)|
|At the traffic circle, take the 5th exit onto NW Shelvin Park Market Rd/NW Shevlin Park Rd
Continue to follow NW Shevlin Park Rd
|2.1 miles (3325 meters)|
|Continue straight onto Johnson Rd||2.2 miles (3557 meters)|
|Turn left onto Tyler Rd||2 miles (3273 meters)|
|Turn left onto Tumalo Reservoir Rd||1.2 miles (1996 meters)|
|Continue north on Collins Rd||2 miles (3289 meters)|
|Turn left onto Couch Market Rd||0.7 miles (1206 meters)|
|Turn left onto Tweed Rd||1.2 miles (1929 meters)|
|Turn right to stay on Tweed Rd||0.7 miles (1207 meters)|
|Slight left onto US-20 W/McKenzie-Bend Hwy||0.4 miles (571 meters)|
|Continue east on Innes Market Rd||4 miles (6445 meters)|
|Head south on Loop Rd/White Rock Loop||2 miles (3182 meters)|
|Turn left on Swalley Rd||1 miles (1646 meters)|
|Continue south on Swalley Rd||1.3 miles (2014 meters)|
|Turn right onto Nichols Market Rd/Tumalo Rd
Continue to follow Tumalo Rd
|1.1 miles (1805 meters)|
|Turn left onto Cline Falls Rd||226 feet (69 meters)|
|Continue onto Cook Ave||0.2 miles (388 meters)|
|Continue south on Tumalo Reservoir Rd||1 miles (1688 meters)|
|Continue south on Tumalo Reservoir Rd||1 miles (1559 meters)|
|Turn left to stay on Johnson Rd/Johnson Market Rd
Continue to follow Johnson Rd
|4.4 miles (7028 meters)|
|Continue onto NW Shevlin Park Rd/Shevlin Park Market Rd
Continue to follow NW Shevlin Park Rd
|1.8 miles (2962 meters)|
|Slight right onto NW Shelvin Park Market Rd/NW Shevlin Park Rd||338 feet (103 meters)|
|At the traffic circle, continue straight to stay on NW Shelvin Park Market Rd/NW Shevlin Park Rd||0.6 miles (914 meters)|
|At the traffic circle, continue straight to stay on NW Shelvin Park Market Rd/NW Shevlin Park Rd||0.4 miles (613 meters)|
|Slight right to stay on NW Shelvin Park Market Rd/NW Shevlin Park Rd||203 feet (62 meters)|
|At the traffic circle, take the 3rd exit onto NW Newport Ave/NW Shevlin Park Market Rd
Continue to follow NW Newport Ave
|0.3 miles (487 meters)|
|At the traffic circle, continue straight to stay on NW Newport Ave||0.3 miles (538 meters)|
|Slight right to stay on NW Newport Ave||167 feet (51 meters)|
|Head southeast on NW Newport Ave||0.6 miles (987 meters)|
The Twin Bridges Loop is the most popular countryside riding loop from Bend. Beginning and ending in historic Drake Park in downtown Bend, the route is one of the premier scenic cycling routes in Oregon. Featuring 36 miles of rolling intermediate terrain, the Twin Bridges Loop offers cyclists breathtaking views of snowcapped mountains, rolling forests, and inspiring high desert terrain. It takes approximately two to three hours to complete depending on riding pace.
The Twin Bridges Loop derives its name from the two bridges along the route that cross the Deschutes River, both showcasing the river’s middle section with lovely wetlands and surrounding ranches. The route passes through the charming town of Tumalo, a good place to break before returning back to Bend.
From Drake Park, ride over the Deschutes River/Mirror Pond on Galveston Avenue and follow the route west. Four miles into the route, cross Tumalo Creek at Shevlin Park. Full of old-growth ponderosa pines, the 652-acre, mostly undeveloped park is a natural haven and a perfect location for hiking, jogging, fishing, cross-country skiing and picnicking. The explorer John C. Fremont and his party camped in Shevlin Park in 1843.
Be ready for the corresponding climb and enjoy the rest at the top of the hill as you head north and west to Tyler Road for huge breathtaking views of the Cascades. You’ll pass by horse pastures and climb a short hill just before stopping and turning directly west on Tumalo Reservoir Road and through the rural county landscape. Your right turn onto Collins Road will bring you more mountain views. Look for the llama farm and chickens in the hayfields before turning right, or east onto Couch Market Road.
After turning right on Couch Market, ride approximately one-quarter mile, then turn left on Tweed Road. At the end of Tweed Road, turn left on Highway 20 for .3 miles, before turning right on Innes Market Road.
After you stop at Cline Falls Highway, as you continue straight, the road name changes to Marsh Road. As you swing around to the right onto White Rock Loop you’ll be heading south and then west before taking the left onto Twin Bridges Road and heading down the hill to cross the Deschutes River (CAUTION: REDUCE YOUR SPEED ON TWIN BRIDGES ROAD AND BEWARE OF HEAVY MULTI-USE TRAFFIC).
At the top of the road, head right on Swalley Road. Turn right down the hill onto Tumalo Road, across the flats and across the Deschutes River just before the stop at Cline Falls Highway/Cook Avenue. Turn left into the charming town of Tumalo.
In Tumalo, take a rest stop at one of the several cafes, coffee shops, fruit stand or convenience store/gas station. You’ll feel refreshed as you turn right on 7th Street in downtown Tumalo and cross Highway 20 using the bike/pedestrian crossing median. After you cross Highway 20, continue straight on Bailey Road and climb gradually for .9 miles to Tumalo Reservoir Road, where you turn left. After you turn left on Tumalo Reservoir Road, enjoy a fast descent to the intersection with Johnson Road. Turn right on Johnson Road and climb up the long hill on Johnson Road. At the 2-mile mark of the gradual climb, you’ll recognize the “Y” at Tyler Road where the route rejoins. Stay left on Johnson Road and cycle back to Downtown Bend (continuing straight as Johnson Road becomes Shevlin Road, then changes names again to Newport Street). As you approach downtown Bend, turn right onto Brooks Street at mile 35.7, then continue .2 miles into Drake Park where you started.
Download a turn-by-turn cue sheet for this route: Twin Bridges SB Cue Sheet
Download a detailed overall map of the route: Twin Bridges SB Map
Download an inset map of the start/finish in Bend: Bend Inset Map
Order a free copy of the Oregon Scenic Bikeway map, which details the nine official Oregon Scenic Bikeways as of August 2012.