Welcome to the newest designated Scenic Bikeway!
Event Ride: Tour de Outback August 5th. Check back for more info soon.
Oregon Outback Ride Description
The route is nestled in
the beautiful Warner Mountains, located where the forested Cascades meet
the high desert basin and range. High peaks, sheer cliffs, gorgeous
lakes and ample solitude are yours to savor and share with pronghorn
antelope, wetland birds, bighorn sheep and sage grouse.
Oregon Outback Scenic Bikeway is a wonderful cycling challenge filled with opportunities for wildlife viewing and quiet solitude.
You are not too far from food and a pillow as you pedal your way through this unknown slice of Oregon that few have heard of and far fewer have visited.
You’ll find food, lodging, camping and friendly people in the vibrant southern Oregon town of Lakeview, which serves as the start and end of the Bikeway. Forest Service campgrounds are dotted along the route, and the tiny town of Plush also has camping and lodging.
Keep your eyes on the road as you descend 1,300 to the desert outpost of Plush, where the only store in town has a faded sign above the store proclaiming it a “A quiet little drinking town with a cow Problem.”
Enjoy the rolling landscape along Hart and Crump Lakes as you share the open spaces with bighorn sheep and sand hill cranes. In the midst of these vast landscapes and sheer cliffs, a narrow canyon brings you past Deep Creek Falls, with cliff swallows, eagles and falcons flying above.
This ride is best enjoyed in spring and fall. Lakes full with spring snowmelt draw migrating birds and wildlife and give life to wildflowers. The fall -mating season coaxes antelope and mule deer out in the open and closer to the road for easier viewing, and the brilliant yellow of quaking aspen light up the hillsides.