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Twin Bridges Scenic Bikeway

Scenic Bikeway

  • Length:
    36.4 miles
  • Difficulty:
    Moderate
  • Origin:
    Powell Butte
  • Attributes:
    1 Day Rides, Hilly, River Views, Urban/Rural Mix, Wildlife Views

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Directions

These maps and directions are for planning purposes only. You may find that construction projects, traffic, or other events may cause road conditions to differ from the map results. For travel options, weather and road conditions, visit tripcheck.com, call 511 (in Oregon only), 800.977.6368 or 503.588.2941.

Official Maps and Cue Sheet from Oregon Parks and Recreation

Download a turn-by-turn cue sheet for this route: Twin Bridges Cue Sheet
Download a detailed overall map of the route: Twin Bridges Map
Download an inset map of the start/finish in Bend: Bend Inset Map

Route Description

Here are a few of the route’s key attributes:

Here are a few of the route’s key attributes:

  • The starting point, Drake Park, has restroom facilities, parking, shaded picnic tables, and a scenic location on the Deschutes River/Mirror Pond.
  • Bike lanes continue out to Tyler Road, and resume in Tumalo and back to Bend/Drake Park.
  • Rural roads generally have low traffic volume but cyclists must beware of farm equipment and multi-use roadways (horses, farm tractors/trailers, recreational river access, etc.).
  • The route travels a short distance on Highway 20 and ODOT has installed a bike lane along this section for safe cycling.
  • Views of the Cascade Mountains are continuous throughout the ride.
  • Ever-changing scenery with native, high-desert landscape, hobby farms, hay fields and wildlife make this ride continuously interesting.
  • The route is primarily level, with a few climbs in and out of the Tumalo Creek and Deschutes River canyons.
  • The town of Tumalo is located immediately before the final climbs back to Bend. Water, food and restrooms are available.
  • This route is usually rideable from late February through the end of November, depending on the weather.

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.

More Resources

Download a detailed, turn-by-turn description written by locals.

Order a free copy of the Oregon Scenic Bikeways guide, and start exploring the best routes that Oregon has to offer — all from the seat of a bike.

Important Traffic Information: Scenic Bikeway routes often include roads with car and truck traffic. Although the 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.

This Scenic Bikeway is just a short drive from Central Oregon’s Smith Rock State ParkDid you know that Smith Rock is one of the 7 Wonders of Oregon? See one – or better yet, see them all.

Photos of this Ride

Comments

  1. I am new to Bend and would like to join a bike club which rides regularly from the Bend area. I am a road cyclist and not inexperienced. I will appreciate any help you can provide.
    Thank you!

    Jack Beye

  2. Hi, Jack–I have a list of road bike clubs in Oregon, and oddly there are none in Bend (for men, anyway). Anyone out there know something we don’t? I’d say check in with some bike shops; I know Hutch’s(http://hutchsbicyclestest.com/) has a bunch of regular rides they run from the shop. Also, the EuroSports shop in Sisters has some nice informal group rides they’ve let me join when I’m visiting the area. Good luck, and enjoy the riding.

  3. Hi Jack, I’m new to Bend too and looking for people to ride with! Send me a message and we can share contact info.
    Nate

  4. Nate and Jack – you should join the Bend Area Cycling Enthusiasts on meetup.com

    Lots of group MTB rides but starting to be more road rides, too.

    http://www.meetup.com/Bend-Area-Cycling-Enthusiasts/

  5. Hello,
    My family and i were planning a vacation to bend, and we were interested in biking the Twin Bridges scenic bikeway. We aren’t very experienced bike riders, however, we are in decent shape. Is this ride too much, and if not, how long would it take us to complete it.
    Thank you!

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