The Twin Bridges Scenic Bikeway got its name from the two bridges along the route which cross the Deschutes River. Depending on the weather, the route is usually rideable between late February and the end of November and may take you around two to three hours to complete. But no matter how and when you decide to ride Twin Bridges, this one is still the most spectacular countryside ride from Bend.
Starting and finishing in historic Drake Park in downtown Bend, Twin Bridges Bikeway is one of the premier scenic cycling routes in Oregon. This ride covers approximately 36 miles of rolling intermediate terrain and features some of the most eye-catching views in the regions such as the sights of Cascade Mountains and rolling forests. Adding more colors to this ride is ever-changing scenery with native, high-desert landscape, hobby farms, hay fields, and wildlife.
The route is pretty flat, with some climbs in and out of the Tumalo Creek and Deschutes River canyons. Twin Bridges travels through the charming town of Tumalo which is an ideal place for a short break before beginning to climb the final climb back to Bend. Beginning at Tumalo, striped bike lanes lead back past Tumalo State Park to Drake Park in Bend.
Twin Bridges Bikeway begins and ends at Drake Park in Bend. Departing from Drake Park, the route travels along urban streets and country roads with bike lanes for more than 7 miles, then turns onto Tyler Road before passing through Shevlin Park.
Food and drink
Bend offers many nice eateries where you can find yourself a great spot and enjoy your breakfast before leaving, or dive into a hearty lunch on your return. However, the catering service is difficult to be reached when you are out of town. So make sure to bring enough water and some snack in case you get hungry in the middle of the way.
- You can find all the facilities including restrooms, parking lot, picnic tables, and a scenic location on the Deschutes River and Mirror Pond at the Park. Once you pick up bike lanes in Bend, they continue out to Tyler Road; on your way back they’ll resume in Tumalo and back to Bend/Drake Park.
- Though the bikeways are routed on low-traffic and low-speed roads whenever possible, most of them are designed for people who are comfortable riding in some amount of traffic. In addition, be aware of farm equipment and multi-use roadways (horses, farm tractors/ trailers, recreational river access, etc.).
- NOTE: This route is only signed to ride the loop portion in a clockwise direction – it is not safe to do it the other way. The clockwise route travels a short distance on Highway 20, and the Oregon Dept. of Transportation (ODOT) has installed a bike lane along this section for safe cycling.
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