The Best Bike Ride in America

Day 5 – September 11: Madras to Smith Rocks Loop

“High Desert Highlights” (62 miles) – Madras – Mapmadras

Time to play bike-tourist today – bring your camera. Start the morning taking in a series of breathtaking views of Lake Billy Chinook. Cruise past rich agricultural tracts through Culver, and then test your vertigo looking over the steeply carved sides of Crooked River Canyon. From there it’s off to world-renowned Smith Rock State Park, where craggy spires rise from the riverbank and climbers look like tiny specks on the walls. Enjoy a little-used stretch of the old Culver Highway on the way back to Madras.

05-Profile-Madras Smith Rocks Loop