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Sun River, Oregon riding?(6 posts)

Sun River, Oregon riding?pina
Jul 17, 2002 10:30 AM
going to sun river next week and plan on taking the road bike. What can i expect as far as riding and any suggested routes? Thanks
re: Sun River, Oregon riding?mwood
Jul 17, 2002 10:44 AM
We were just up there.
The loop from Sun River on 45 to the Cascade Lakes hwy, south to Crane Prairie and back to Sun River is quite nice. It is about 70 miles with great scenery. Not a ton of auto traffic, but what there is generally is moving fast.
There are also some out and backs to little lakes and stuff, but in most cases you run into gravel or dirt roads if you want to make a loop.
I think the best bet is to bring a cross bike or mtb and stay off the roads. We rode mtb almost every day, incredible singletrack trails through beautiful country!
re: Sun River, Oregon riding?Geardaddy
Jul 17, 2002 10:45 AM
Hmmm. Not sure that the road riding is that good, as there aren't a lot of roads except for main drags, which will have all the traffic. Perhaps if you head up into the mountains you'll find something interesting. Sun River itself is like a campground, except with nice permanant homes instead of tents. I would'nt expect much road riding there, unless you're partial to bike paths.

You will be in the area of some excellent mountain biking though. I would suggest taking the mountain bike instead. When I was there I did one particular loop that ended up being a 3 hour plus ride, entirely through uninhabited forest. Watch out and be prepared if you are going to ride alone, as the ponderosa pine forest is very easy to get lost in. Apparently its a regular occurance for people to go into those forests and never come out. :)
Check out the Cascade Classic routesTypeOne
Jul 17, 2002 11:17 AM should give you some ideas if you want to follow the route the pros took up to Mt. Bachelor or around the Cascade Lakes Highway. It is incredibly scenic with a lot of climbing no matter where you go. And it is truly a cycling community down there in Bend, with many places to ride on or off-road. Have fun!
re: Sun River, Oregon riding?B2
Jul 17, 2002 12:20 PM
Living in Washington, I have visited that area many times. The mountain biking is tremendous and the road biking is quite spectacular also. The roads around Mt Bachelor, the Sisters, various reservouirs, etc. are incredibly scenic. The pavement is smooth and the shoulders are very generous for the most part. Good climbs and descents as well. You definitely want to bring both bikes.

re: Sun River, Oregon riding?pina
Jul 17, 2002 2:39 PM
thanks guys