2019 Gravel Riding Guide
On this page you’ll find:
Inspiring recaps of great gravel rides — from Banks to Burns, Salem to Scappoose, and everything in between.
A list of the best gravel-related events and rides.
Photos to get you inspired.
Riding clubs, route-finding resources, and gravel-friendly businesses.
– Cycle Oregon’s ‘Gravel’ goes east into wide open Wasco County.
– Oakridge and Westfir host Sasquatch Duro gravel event.
– 600-mile ‘Emerald Outback’ event will traverse Oregon Coast Range
– When moms escape: Tackling the unpaved Trask River Road route to the coast
– A taste of gravel in the Tillamook State Forest
– With ‘Skull’ event, Burns stakes a claim as America’s best gravel riding destination
– Gravel ‘Epic’ lures riders to Oregon Coast Range and delivers on promises
– Love riding gravel? Meet Washington County’s unpaved road “Kahuna” Dan Morgan
– Finding heaven on the Hell of the North Plains
– To the Oregon coast and back via Nestucca River Road
– A return to Timber’s snowy, logjammed backroads
– One century to rule them all – (Bacona Road and Stub Stewart singletrack)
– Exploring the ‘dark’ side of Larch Mountain
– In search of Hobo Joe
– Exploring the Gifford Pinchot National Forest ‘Hinterland’
– Gorge backroads delight on the Dalles Mountain Mutiny
– Exploring Barney Reservoir and rugged timber roads west of Forest Grove
– A dispatch from The Dalles
– McMenamins Grand Lodge as a base camp for biking adventures around Forest Grove
– The Gifford Gravel 50, an exhilirating day in the saddle
– Scappoose to the Banks-Vernonia Trail via logging roads
– Columbia County’s Burn Road Loop traces pioneer history
– Finding (and grinding) gravel in Salem
– Exploring Columbia County backroads outside of Scappoose
– A gravel riding goldmine in eastern Oregon
– The gear that got me through the Oregon Outback
– The Oregon Outback was the hardest — and best — ride I’ve ever done
2019 Gravel Rides, Races, and Events
For the latest list, check the Gravel category on the BikePortland Calendar.
Recurring Portland Group Rides
Wild West Gravel Series with Western Bikeworks
Meet at the shop (NW Lovejoy& 17th) every Wednesday night for a group ride in Forest Park. “>More info here.
East Buttes Thursday Nights with OMTM
Join this relatively fast-paced group ride led by the ever-interesting and knowledgable Ryan Francesconi from Our Mother the Mountain. You’ll discover hidden gems from a chain of lava buttes in east Portland/west Gresham. More info here.
– Oregon Gran Fondo (Sherman Gravel Route) – 6/1 (Mudslinger Events)
– Gifford Gravel 50 6/1 (Unsupported/unsanctioned)
– Ripplebrook Backroads V2 – 6/8 (OMTM)
– Skull 120/60/30 – 6/15 (Harney County Chamber of Commerce)
– Oregon Trail Gravel Grinder – 6/19 (Breakaway Promotions)
– Takelma Gravel Grinder – 6/29 (Mudslinger Events)
– Cascade Triple Crown – Mt. Hood National Forest – 6/29-30 (Rapha) *NOTE: SOLD OUT, but there is a waiting list.
Resources | Clubs | Services
– Dirty Freehub: A great resource for gravel routes and information in Central Oregon.
– RideWithGPS: The place to organize, plan, and find your routes.
– Our Mother the Mountain: Also follow them via RideWithGPS.
– Coastal Mountain Sporthaus: Cycling friendly lodge (run by riders!) nestled among backroads of Columbia County.
– Unpaved Google Group: Active list full of advice, tips, and ride offerings.
– TREO Bike Tours Eastern Oregon: Offering all-inclusive packages that including door-to-door service from Portland to their ranch!
– Spoke’n Hostel: This comfy oasis is a great base for exploring the Painted Hills and much more.
– Dirt Surfers: Portland-based riding group.
– Bucky Rides: Website of James Buckroyd featuring product reviews, great photos and epic routes all over the Portland region.
– Travel Oregon: Gravel ride suggestions and photos from our state tourism board.
Special thanks to our 2019 Gravel Guide Partners: