LENGTH 36 Miles | DIFFICULTY Moderate | 100% Paved

Nearby cities: Bend, Tumalo

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The Twin Bridges Loop Scenic Bikeway derives its name from the two bridges along the route that cross the Deschutes River, both showcasing the river’s middle section with lovely wetlands and surrounding ranches. Views of the Cascade Mountains are continuous throughout the ride. Ever-changing scenery with native, high-desert landscape, hobby farms, hay fields and wildlife make this ride continuously interesting.

The Bikeway starts and finishes at Drake Park in Bend. The Park has restroom facilities, parking, shaded picnic tables, and a scenic location on the Deschutes River and Mirror Pond. Leaving Drake Park, the Bikeway follows urban streets and country roads with bike lanes for more than 7 miles to the turn onto Tyler Road and passes through Shevlin Park.

Rural roads generally have low traffic volume but cyclists must beware of farm equipment and multi-use roadways (horses, farm tractors/trailers, recreational river access, etc.). The route travels a short distance on Highway 20 which has bike lanes.

The route is primarily level, with a few climbs in and out of the Tumalo Creek and Deschutes River canyons.

The route passes through the charming town of Tumalo, a good place to break before beginning the final climbs back to Bend. Beginning at Tumalo, stripped bike lanes lead back past Tumalo State Park to Drake Park in Bend.

More Resources

Information about road conditions from Oregon Department of Transportation’s TripCheck.