The Sisters to Smith Rock Ride
Oregon › "Old West" Sisters
Added by The Outbound Collective
- Unbelievable views and not a ton of elevation gain make this a truly amazing ride
- Distance: 36.6mi (one way)
- Elevation gain: 597 vertical feet
- Duration: 2-5hrs.
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, ending with the dramatic walls of Smith Rock State Park.
You can plan to do this in a few hours if you don't stop and keep your head down, but I would recommend making this a casual day. Stop off, get a bit to eat, possibly a beer, and take in the sites. You can see a lot of Terrebonne and the Old part of Sisters which are worth the ride. If you do stop in Terrebonne for a bite, check out Sandbaggers Saloon (technically at Crooked River Ranch) for a little baked Mac N' Cheese or Prime Rib if you want to get after it.
- All cycling gear
- Camera/ phone
Spring, Summer, Autumn
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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.
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