This rail is what remains of a rail line that lost to a competitor during construction. It is an excellent way to try out bike touring on dirt roads with little commitment or supplies. The trail is flat and very scenic and the only real challenge is a dominant northerly headwind heading back into the gorge. The bike able Deschutes River Trail disappears at mile 19 but we've come up with a extension. Read on!
If you like tough rides continue on and finish with the Deschutes River Loop option (see options below). Please be advised you'll have about 3 or 4 miles of hike-a-bike single track before you pick up dirt road again.
This option we can take credit: Ride to the end of the Deschutes River Trail and link it up to the Deschutes River Loop (see Ride With GPS below). This should not be done with panniers, the single track section will be too much of a hassle. Either ride this in a day or use frame pack style touring and make it a multi day!
Train cars, homestead, amazing camping, swimming and wild flowers.
Dirt ( 18% paved for DRT loop)
32c and up (40c and up for DRT loop)
1-2 days/38.3 miles (1-3 for DRT loop/89 miles)
Spring through fall