MVBC Loop Tour 2014 - Oregon Cascades

Bend to Bend via the central Oregon Cascades. Highlights include Smith Rock, Sisters, Mckenzie Pass, and Auferhiede Forest road.

Start Date: 
Monday, July 14, 2014
Total Miles: 
400
Number of Days: 
9

An epic ride through the central Cascades and high desert of Oregon. Starting in Bend and heading east to the Crooked River and Prineville, then back through Smith Rock to Cove Palisades State Park high above Lake Billy Chinook where the Deschutes, Metolius, and Crooked Rivers come together. From there the route heads back southwest to Sisters passing by amazing views of the Three Sisters Mountains. After a rest day we had back over the mountains on McKenzie Pass though the lava fields and on down to the McKenzie river. Then it's south on the Aufderheide Forest Road up the South Fork on the McKenzie, and down the Middle fork of the North fork or the Willamette River to the town of Oakridge. Then it's back over the mountains again on Willamette Pass to the high mountain Odell Lake. Back on the east side of the mountains we take the Cascade Lakes Scenic Highway north to La Pine state park on the Deschutes River, before the final day's ride back to our starting point in Bend.

The map to the right is approximate. In particular Google would not let me route across 242, McKenzie Highway from Sisters because the road is now closed for the winter as I am doing this. We did not ride on Hwy 20 and 126 as shown on this map.

All of the pictures from this years Loop Tours are posted on the MVBC Smug mug site.

 

Below is my log for each day of the tour. Use the navigation controls to scroll through the days .