Three Creeks Road Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

5.1
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9.8 mi
DISTANCE
2,666 ft
GAINED
5.2 %
AVG. GRADE

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Page Contributor(s): Steve Jones, Olympia, WA; Joel Blatt, Bend, OR

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This 9.8 mile bike climb is located in Deschutes County, Oregon, USA. The average gradient is 5.2% and there is a total elevation gain of 2,666 ft, finishing at 6,227 ft.

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Difficulty: Strenuous
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Apr 12, 2021
difficulty: Strenuous
scenery: 4
traffic: 4
road: 2
Apr 12, 2021
scenery: 4
traffic: 4
road: 2
I almost selected Horrible for road quality, but it is not impossible or impassable. Not a problem climbing to where pavement ends, which is before you get to lake. This is outstanding climb with modest traffic; people going for hikes or fishing. The problem is with the descent, which is fast and often difficult to see significant potholes. I've gone as far as to have ex-girlfriend pick me up at the top, but that's just me. Usually, I just ride the brakes on descent, until my hands ache. Again, great climb, just unfortunate surface. Don't think I have not talked to city, county, and forest service, because I have. The problem is that road actually spans all their jurisdictions and therefore, nobody will own fixing it, although city has repaved section from town for a few miles in last few years. This is bane of riding in north Deschutes County, because this would be fantastic, if the surface was redone. Has been stage in Cascades Cycling Classic.
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aerial drone view of Three Creek Lake Road cut through the center of alpine forest, Three Sisters Volcanic Peaks in horizon

Cycling Three Creek Lake Road, Oregon

Ride 9.8 miles gaining 2,666’ at 5.2% average grade (0 descent)

South of the Three Sisters Volcanic Peaks to the center and left of the photo.

aerial drone photos show recent wildfire devastation to forested area, allowing central Oregon volcanos to be seen in distance, Broken Top Volcano, Three Sisters Volcano

Three Creek Road is a pleasant and scenic climb immediately south of Sisters, OR. On the upper portion of the climb, a recent wildfire has opened up the impressive views of the Central Oregon volcanoes, particularly Broken Top and the Three Sisters.

Three Sisters Volcanic Peaks

Three Sisters Volcanic Peaks.

A good place to start the ride is the Village Green City Park, in downtown Sisters at the corner of Washington Avenue and S. Elm Street (parking, water, restrooms, services).  Proceed south on Elm Street, which becomes Three Creek Road as you leave town.  In about 4.5 miles the climb begins as the road stair-steps up into the Deschutes National Forest. The climb ends where the pavement turns to gravel. Traffic is very light.

Views along the climb, including burned portions of forest and signs reading "Rough Road"

The only drawback to the climb are the regular frost seams in the pavement on the initial portion of the ride. The Village Green City Park is also an excellent starting point for the east side of McKenzie Pass, and the two climbs can easily be done in one day, with time left over for a stop at the Three Creeks Brewing Company in Sisters.

signs reading "Logging Ahead" and "Timber Falling Ahead"

climb finish at the end of pavement, sign reading "Pavement Ends" PJAMM Cyclist standing with bike at the end of road

Finish where the pavement ends.