Central Oregon Wheelers

Oregon Scenic Bikeways - "The Best of the Best"

Central Oregon is home to some of the finest riding in the state.  Oregon's State designated Scenic Bikeways are carefully picked from locally proposed routes to highlight the best of the best road cycling in Oregon.  So here are your riding options with the narrative provided by RideOregon and the Three Sisters Scenic Bikeway committee.
  • Twin Bridges Scenic Bike route - 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 snow capped mountains, rolling forests, and inspiring high desert terrain. It takes approximately two to three hours to complete depending on riding pace.  View ride details 

  • Sisters to Smith Rock Scenic Bikeway -  the route provides riders with one of the most scenic and rewarding rides in Central Oregon. Starting in the “Old West” town of Sisters and ending at Smith Rock State Park outside the small town of Terrebonne, this route takes riders past a variety of historical sites, shows the gentle curves of the Deschutes River and frames spectacular views of the Cascade Mountains, ending with the dramatic walls of Smith Rock State Park. Smith Rock, with the Crooked River winding at its base, is the result of eroded volcanoes that left multicolored formations that tower above the valley floor. It’s a great place to watch rock-climbers from all over the world tackle the park’s thousands of ascent routes.  View Ride Details
  • McKenzie Pass Scenic Bikeway - McKenzie Pass is without a doubt the most spectacular ride in Central Oregon, showcasing forests on both the east and west sides of the Cascades (they’re different) as well as a lava-rock moonscape at the top that’s unlike anything you’ll probably ever see on a bike ride again. The route begins at the Village Green Park in the center of Sisters. The vast majority of the route is on Oregon Route 242 (selected to be on the U.S. Register of Historic Places, March 2011). Most of Oregon Route 242 is closed during winter months, but bicycles are usually allowed in the spring before it’s reopened to cars – providing miles of traffic-free road riding as the snow melts. View Ride Details

  • Metolius River Loops Scenic Bikeway - These routes follow a beautiful stretch of the Metolius River that reflects dynamic changes of the seasons as they progress; you’ll enjoy amazing greens of all hues in the spring and summer, followed by stunning reds, yellows and oranges throughout the fall. These loops vary in difficulty from short, family-friendly rides of as little as 3.3 miles to a more challenging 20-mile ride if you connect several of the shorter loops. With a few moderate exceptions, most of the riding is flat or rolling, and perfect for a family outing.  View Ride Details

  • Madras Mountain Views Scenic Bikeway - The Madras Mountain Views Scenic Bikeway is a peaceful 30-mile loop through Central Oregon. It offers amazing views of Oregon’s volcanoes and agricultural and pastoral scenery. Riders enjoy views of all seven major volcanic peaks in Oregon: Mount Jefferson, the county namesake. Riders cruise on a smooth, paved road with several gravel overlooks above The Cove Palisades State Park and Lake Billy Chinook. These overlooks are great places to see eagles, raptors, deer and even snakes or lizards. View Ride Details

  • Sherar’s Falls Loop - Proposed Scenic Bikeway - This 26 mile ride is challenging, but so worth it. The climbs are extended and the Deschutes river views are vast.You’ll cruise through quaint downtown Maupin then hit the hills for hairpin turns along a hill climber’s delight. A guardrail at mile 17 protects you from the steep drop to Sherar’s Falls where you can stop for an impressive view. Car traffic is light to moderate and this ride is suitable for spring, summer and fall riding. View Ride Details

  • Twickenham-Mitchell Loop - Proposed Scenic Bikeway - This one is the real deal. A challenging 66-mile, 7,000 foot multiple climb loop.  What you get for your efforts is incredible central Oregon scenery, geological eye-candy, and very little car traffic. View Ride Details

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