Photo Feature: The Gravel Roads of Oregon, USA

“Oregon is a state in the Pacific Northwest region on the West Coast of the United States. The Columbia River delineates much of Oregon’s northern boundary along Washington state, while the Snake River delineates much of its eastern boundary along Idaho. The parallel 42° north delineates the southern boundary with California and Nevada. Oregon is one of only three states of the contiguous United States to have a coastline on the Pacific Ocean.” – Wikipedia.org

The photo contributions in this article come to us from Kevin at The Dirty Freehub. You really need to visit this website. Not only is there a ton of excellent photography, but proven gravel routes in states such as Oregon, California, Montana and more. Remember, if you enjoy riding any of the Dirty Freehub’s routes, please give them some credit. Life is more than instant gratification, grabbing route data from Strava or RidewithGPS. Route planning is a time-consuming, thankless task.

Links to Gravel Cyclist’s Route Planning 101 (using technology) and Cartography (Gravel Road Map Resources).

The Bonanza Loop, part of Meek’s Lost Wagon Train.
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Climbing on the Bonanza Loop.
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Amazing views on the Bonanza Loop.
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Old homesteads dot the Bonanza Loop.
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Bonanza Loop, one of the many old homesteads.
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Mother Nature at work, Bonanza Loop.
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Near Ben’s Single Track, 4 Boys Route.
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Donnybrook route, Canyon leads to gravel.
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Donnybrook route, first gravel sector.
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Stunning views on the Donnybrook route.
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Ghost of Ashwood route.
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Ghost of Ashwood route.
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Ghost of Ashwood route.
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Old railway grade, Over the Rainbow route.
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The road into Mecca Flats, Over the Rainbow route.
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The Deschutes River, Over the Rainbow route.
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Gravel Cracker 85 mile route.
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The Lush route, aptly named.
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Higher elevations on the Lush route.
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More of the Lush route.
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The view from the first climb, Path of Totality route.
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Former railway grade, Path of Totality.
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Lake Bill Chinook, Path of Totality route.
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Views from the Priest Hole route.
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The John Day River, Priest Hole route.
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Priest Hole route.

If you have a nice collection of gravel cycling images from your location (originals only please, nobody else’s work) and are interested in sharing them with the Gravel Cyclist audience, please contact us.

Enjoy!

One thought on “Photo Feature: The Gravel Roads of Oregon, USA

  1. And my (still ride the same old tarmac routes) roadie mates think I’m mad for abandoning road cycling when rarely seen views like these are enjoyed by gravel cyclists worldwide on nearly every ride? I know where I want to ride my bike……

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