Three Sisters Three Rivers – Gabe Tiller

Three Sisters Three Rivers
Photos and words by Gabe Tiller

This trip has been steeping in Limberlost’s coffer for quite some time. A lot of trips we’ve been and help create like the Oregon Outback were amazingly fun, but lacking the singletrack I crave. Last year’s Pushwacking the Idaho Hot Springs Mountain Bike Route re-kindled our interest in one of the first bikepacking adventures I had read accounts of: Scott Morris’s 2010 Oregon Three Rivers route.

Sahalie Falls

While talking to a lot of different riders, locals, and exploring a bunch of dead ends ourselves over the years Jason and I realized the huge offroad potential of linking up both sides of the Cascade Range. And damn, we were on to something. After setting up camp at 6,500′ in the sunset below the Tam Mcarthur Rim on the shores of Little Three Creeks Lake our first night we were wide-eyed with the fantastic terrain and trails covered on day one. Eight days later we were still high-fiving and incredulous—though haggard and smelly—with the amount of quality singletrack we were able to link up over our 325 mile journey.

Finally Jason took a bath! It was a short miles, long hours sort

To compliment this route there are countless spur loops to link in even more mountain biking, making this a perfect route for thru-riding fast or taking a leisurely few weeks to camp, fish, swim, and ride all over Oregon’s best trails and countryside. The Three Sisters Three Rivers route ticks off Oregon’s best: Bend’s expansive trail network, an old pack route into Sisters and the Peterson Ridge Trails; the historic Santiam Wagon Road and legendary Mckenzie River Trail, the quiet destination town of Oakridge, and the IMBA Epic North Umpqua Trail.


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  • Now I’m jealous!

    • Right?

    • Poolboy 1.0

      Suckers. ;) Seriously, the riding out there was soooo good.

  • tony365

    God damn i miss Oregon. nice pics Mr.

  • boomforeal

    looks like one hell of a trip – thank for sharing!

  • Adam Sklar

    Yes please.

  • Burger (and ride) jealousy. Looks like some of the longer photo captions are truncated, just a heads up!

  • Speechless.

  • Jon Keyzer

    Nice dynamo setup, found the details here:

    • I’m still drooling over that seatpost hack. That is really clever.

      • Bas Rotgans

        I’ve been breaking my hand over how I was going to mount a seatbag to a dropper. Came up with all kinds of ideas, but this one takes the cake!

  • That really is an incredible shot in the opener. With the waterfall. Wow.

  • Nils-Erik Hilliard

    so sweet!

  • Andrew Luca

    Now this, is rad!

  • I feel like I’ve seen a lot of starry night scenes as of late, but for some reason that one takes the cake.

  • adanpinto

    Amazing gallery.

  • Mehdi Farsi

    This set is top notch. Bravo

  • Hi Gabe!

  • The good life

  • So good Gabe! We gotta get you up for something on the island! Halldor and I have some plans…

  • Blaise Lefeuvre

    joli !