The Sisters to Smith Rock Ride

Oregon "Old West" Sisters

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Unbelievable views and not a ton of elevation gain make this a truly amazing ride that should take about 2-3 hours one-way.

Starting in the "Old West" town of Sisters, Oregon 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, and ends with the dramatic walls of Smith Rock State Park.

You can plan to do this in two hours one-way if you don't stop and keep your head down, but I would recommend making this a casual day since the route is quite scenic. Traffic is minimal for most of the route, except for an ~0.1 mile stretch along Highway 126 outside of Sisters and a crossing of Highway 97 in Terrebonne.  The outbound trip to Smith Rock is net downhill, with minimal elevation change except for a climb into Terrebonne proper.  There are almost no stores or gas stations in between Sisters and Terrebonne, and no bike shops anywhere outside Sisters, so be sure to bring plenty of food, water, and spare tubes.

If you make it a round-trip ride, stop in for lunch at Sandbaggers Saloon in Terrebonne (technically at Crooked River Ranch, just off the route) for a little baked Mac N' Cheese or Base Camp Pizza (just on the Smith Rock side of route 97).  And, when you get back to Sisters, be sure to treat yourself at the Sisters Bakery before heading to any of the town's many saloons.

Detailed Route Map

Pack List

  • Cycling gear, including multiple spare tubes and CO2 cartridges
  • Helmet
  • Water and snacks
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera
  • Phone (in case you break down beyond on-road repair)
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over 1 year ago

One of my favorite rides in Oregon

This is one of my favorite rides in Oregon! Going in the reverse direction, from Smith Rock to Sisters, the huge peaks of the central Cascades are in your face the whole way. And for someone accustomed to western Oregon, there's something just entirely enjoyable about riding through sagebrush and juniper. The route is pretty lightly trafficked the whole way, with the busiest part being an ~0.1 mile stretch along highway 126 - but the shoulders there are extra wide anyway. Just be sure to bring extra water and spare tubes, since there is very little in the way of services between Sisters and the Terrebonne area and it can get quite hot in the summer.

over 1 year ago

Added by Michael Graw

I'm a landscape and adventure photographer based out of Corvallis, Oregon. Backpacker, triathlete, and skiier - always with a camera in hand. Look for me in the mountains or online @WanderingSolePhotography.

Activities:

Cycling, Photography

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Trail Type:

Point-to-Point

Distance:

36.6 Miles

Elev. Gain:

597 Feet

Rating:

Features:

Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Groups
Scenic

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