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June 20, 2014

Metolius River bikeways in Oregon offer enchanting routes for everyone

  • The route was designated a scenic bikeway in 2011, one of just 10 rides the state says are “the best of the best.”
    Statesman Journal

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    The ride works as a day-trip by waking up early and bringing a picnic, or as a multi-day adventure that takes advantage of the area’s campsites, lodges and cabins.

    Metolius Loops Scenic Bikeway

    General area: Camp Sherman (near Sisters, just across the Santiam Pass and about two hours and 15 minutes from Salem)

    Fees: None

    Trail distances:29.5 total miles on the Allingham Loop (3.3 miles), Camp Sherman Loop (4.9), River Loop (6.7) and Lower Bridge Spur (14.6).

    Difficulty: Easy to moderately difficult

    Information: Camp Sherman Store: (541) 595-6711; Sisters Ranger District Office, (541) 549-7700; Oregon State Parks, alex.phillips@state.or.us.

    More biking options: Camp Sherman area has numerous biking routes and mountain-biking trails. A good place to get started is the Sisters Trail Alliance: sisterstrails.com/populartrails.html

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