Gearhart Gravel Goodness

Christmas Ride

Let’s Call This My 3rd Gravel Ride

I’ve been riding for over 4 decades and have not had this much fun in many years.

• Zero cars from start to finish
• Zero people until the last 2 miles (I saw 5 people walking)
• Mostly gravel bookended by ~2 miles of pavement
• Nearly perfect gravel
• Shorts weather in December
• High winds and 58° sideways rain all day
• Garmin Weather Alerts: High wind watch, storm watch, gale warning, hazardous seas warning

I’d been looking forward to the annual Christmas beach trip specifically so I could ride some gravel and I was not disappointed. You need a free permit to ride here, you can get one here. There’s a decommissioned road I had to hike-a-bike around (at 10.5 mi), but there are multiple roads you can take to avoid it. I recommend against it unless you get a kick from those or have better walking shoes.

You won’t miss the canyons (plural), but don’t miss the canyons.

I didn’t look at my phone but my wife tracked me and there seems to be coverage in many spots. There’s plenty of water.

  • Moving Time:
  • Elevation Gain:
    5090 ft

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