A gravel loop ride around the west side of Bend,...
Sherman's March - Cascades Gravel Scenic Bikeway
Sherman’s March to the See
There’s a whole lot to see on this gravel bike tour of the Metolius River and Camp Sherman area including the headwaters of the Metolius River, the base of Black Butte, the shores of Round Lake, remnants of the 2003 B&B Complex Fire, Wizard Falls Fish Hatchery, the Metolius River, and the charming town of Camp Sherman. It’s mind-blowing just how many things are packed into one bike ride.
Distance: 52 miles
Elevation Gain: 4000 vertical feet
Surface: ~ 60% gravel road / double-track, 10% single-track, 30% paved road
First up, a quick section of gravel and easy singletrack followed by a stop at the Headwaters of the Metolius. Then a moderate climb along the north shoulder of Black Butte followed by a ripping gravel descent to the paved road that leads south back towards Camp Sherman. At the U-turn, the route meanders briefly along the Metolius river and then crossing it, followed by a short section of gravel and a fun 3-mile section of single-track, slightly uphill. Climb up to Round Lake to enjoy the vast views of all the surrounding mountains. Then descend back down (ok this bit is always a little bumpy!). Then you can feel like a “hero” on the pavement and then begin the climb through the B&B Complex fire area along the southwest side of Mt. Jefferson. Descend, cross the Metolius River at Lower Bridge and then onto the Wizard Falls Fish Hatchery (which is well worth a stop), followed by rolling up on pavement back to Camp Sherman.
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