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Watts of Fun
Rode this today. Parked at the bottom of the loop on the Crooked River Highway to start with the uphill and did the loop for just short of 30 miles and 2000 feet of climbing. Everything was awesome, great gravel. Fresh cougar prints on the big uphill, motivation to keep moving for sure. It was sprinkling off and on and we just escaped the clay beast on the Rogers Road section...as we neared the bottom going clockwise the rain really started and it went from soft to clay quickly. Glad we got through when we did, I can imagine that gets to be a mess quickly. Great route! Thank you!
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KevinE / Team Dirty Freehub
Wow! Look at that print! This is one of our favorite routes. It rides good in both directions. On a sunny day we like the counter-clockwise direction. Thanks for the report, keep 'em coming! It is a great asset to other riders and us at DF. Ride Dirty & Smile!
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KevinE
From Vince on April 16, 2021. Rode DFH Bonanza today. Clockwise. Most of it was in fine condition. Upper sections of Roberts Road was very soft and dusty. Made it more difficult. Last time we rode it was 2018. Remember some vegetation growing on center of Roberts Rd and some ruts but not as soft as today. Must have been graded recently and not packed down well yet.
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DavidB
What Ben said. My wife and I rode the 30 mile loop section, omitting the stick of the lollipop, yesterday. We rode clockwise. For the most part the gravel is smooth and hard packed, with a light coating of gravel. Fast and easy riding. The section of primitive, seasonally maintained Rogers Rd starting at Skydog ranch is for the most part either loose soil or sandy, with some very short stretches that still have snow patches or mud from melting snow. As always, there are some permanent deep clay ruts on the downhill approaching the ranch. It’s all quite rideable, though on wide tires.
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Ben Groeneveld
Gravel section is is great condition. We rode clockwise. The climb is getting a little sandy so wide tires or low pressure are a must. Still some snow mile 32-38 on the unimproved section but no cement. Probably close to the best it will be soon.
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PhD of GravelMaster of GravelBachelor of GravelGravel Girl from Dirty Freehub
Posting from someone who wrote us direct: We rode part way on the Bonanza route yesterday starting at the intersection of Little Bear Creek Road and OR 27. When we got to Roberts Road there was a sign posted by Crook County that said it was closed until April 15th. No big deal for us because we weren't doing the whole loop. Probably due to mud? We continued on Roberts to the left for a few miles and it was very muddy. Just wanted to let someone know. Thanks!
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Ben Groeneveld
Yes, the sign has always been there. That part is closed from November 15 through April 15 for good reasons. The road is unimproved and when wet turns into cement - it can become impassible. Once I was caught there in a summer thunderstorm and we had to hike our bikes out. Drivetrain turns into cement. Still, a beautiful route - avoid rain.
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Leslie & Jenny
Rode this today (clockwise)! You are definitely in the middle of no where! Amazing gravel! Very few cars! One of our favorite rides this summer! Thanks for the awesome ride DFH!
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Kevin / Co-Founder @ Dirty Freehub
Still one of my favorites! Gravel Girl
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Clark Ritchie
This is a really pleasant route. The quality of the gravel on Bear Creek Rd is second to none, and with zero washboards! Saw multiple very large hawks, snakes, pronghorn antelope, quail, rabbits and only one car.
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Kevin / Co-Founder @ Dirty Freehub
Wow! Thanks for the post. It really helps make the site great. Ride dirty and smile!
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Stan Kiefer
Beautiful ride with epic views and remarkably smooth gravel roads. Preferred counter-clockwise given the prevailing wind direction at our backs on return.

Stan
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bengroeneveld
Great conditions July 4, 2019. The unimproved road section east of Little Bear Creek had very few ruts, and overall there was no washboard. Five us us from CO Wheelers did the route, and we saw three pickup trucks, and then it goy way too busy - we met two other cyclists doing the same. Note - you may also meet bike packers, since this route briefly shares a section of the Oregon Outback. Those guys are usually thirsty for conversation since it's a remote path.
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KevinE
Thanks for sharing that route with us. It’s such a fun one!!! Deeply appreciate it. Gravel Girl
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Ric Weaver
New to gravel riding and would have enjoyed this ride but had company.
When is your next ride?
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KevinE
We post most of our rides on Meetup.com under the BACE group. Next ride is Saturday.
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Gravel Girl
Ride was in absolutely perfect condition yesterday ... saw 2 cars for the whole ride.