Ghost Grades of the Deschutes
In the early years of the 1900s two 19th-Century railroad barons got into a neck-and-neck race up the Deschutes River into central Oregon. Only one road survives, and is active to this day. There remains 95 miles of abandoned grade in the 107 miles between Madras and the Columbia River. You can ride on or alongside about 80 miles of these.
If you're only interested in the approved section running 17 miles upriver from Deschutes State Park, jump here>
If you want the whole story, I'll start with the history, then describe what's left as you would through-bike it from south to north downriver.
The Last Great Railroad Race
Through-biking the Ghost Grades of the Deschutes
Remains at the Crooked River Gorge and Metolius
Madras to Trout Creek
Trout Creek to Nena
Nena to Mack's Canyon
Below Mack's to RM20
The Approved Trail, to Deschutes SP
Remains Along the Columbia
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