Twin Bridges Scenic Bikeway
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Here are a few of the routes 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 rivers 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.
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Important Traffic Information:
In addition to visiting TripCheck.com, please contact ODOT’s Sisters office at 541-383-6718 or firstname.lastname@example.org for current information about road conditions.
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 Park. Did you know that Smith Rock is one of the 7 Wonders of Oregon? See one – or better yet, see them all.