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Twin Bridges Scenic Bikeway

Scenic Bikeway

  • Length:
    36.3 miles
  • Difficulty:
  • Origin:
  • Attributes:
    1 Day Rides, Hilly, River Views, Urban/Rural Mix, Wildlife Views

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Stay Safe

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, 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.

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Route Description

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

Find more to see and do at Visit Central Oregon and Visit Bend.

Tumalo State Park 5 miles northwest of Bend offers camping, including hiker-biker sites, and showers; Shevlin Park in Bend offers restrooms, water and bike paths.

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

Important Traffic Information:

In addition to visiting, please contact ODOT’s Sisters office at 541-383-6718 or 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 ParkDid you know that Smith Rock is one of the 7 Wonders of Oregon? See one – or better yet, see them all.

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  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( 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.

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

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

  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!

  6. Just did this ride today. Rode a cargo bike (a Surly Big Dummy) and it took 2 hours and 50 minutes in the saddle; I was ‘leapfrogged’ several times by a small group of road bike riders so would probably take ~2 1/2 hours on a road bike. Overall terrain is pleasantly flat in the ‘loop’ part of the ride, with the exit/entry to Bend a little more strenuous. Recommend a morning ride (start ~9am if possible) to minimize winds. Roads felt very safe: heavier trafficked areas all had marked bike lanes, other roads were rural with minimal traffic and all drivers encountered were very polite and considerate when passing. Views of the mountains were fabulous, and the ‘loop’ roads take you through well maintained and often irrigated small scale ranches. An excellent route for a scenic bikeway!

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  9. […] them happened to begin in the heart of Bend at Drake Park. In my research, I saw that the 36-mile Twin Bridges Scenic Bikeway was, and I quote, “primarily level, with a few climbs in and out of the Tumalo Creek and […]

  10. […] next day we rode the Twin Bridges scenic bikeway route with amazing views of Mount Hood and the Three Sisters.  We refueled on delicious smoothies and […]

  11. […] We then left Idaho and went over to Bend, OR for a couple days. Neither Heidi nor I had ever been to Bend so it was fun to check it out since we’ve heard so many great things about the city and the area in general. We camped in Tumalo State Park, which is north of Bend just a few miles. It was a really nice little campground. We had some full days in Bend, exploring the town, hiking a little, and, of course, doing a nice bike ride on the Twin Bridges Oregon scenic bikeway. […]

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  14. Hi Guys and Gals!

    I will be visiting Bend on Friday and will have my road bike with me. I am wondering if there are any groups that I can join for a day? So excited ! TIA! :)

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