Palouse region / 23 mi / 1644 ft total climb
I’m not proud. I got turned around on this one. I had actually planned a 15 mile loop. I accidentally added another 8 miles to the ride of just not knowing where to turn. But it worked out to more miles on gravel and another shot at some of the best stretches of the ride along the Palouse River. So I humbly submit my Oops! Palouse Loop route to the general gravel grinding world wide web (alliterations for the ages)!
Here’s the deets: park the car somewhere in the town of Palouse (there’s lots of on street parking or you can leave your rig at Hayton Green Park). Ride east on E Main St/Hwy 272. Directly after crossing the railroad tracks look for N River Rd and take a right.
About .5 mile down N River, the road turns to gravel. Another mile along, at the Washington/Idaho border, N River becomes Wellesley Rd. After about 2.4 miles take a right on River Rd and continue east. A little way down River Rd there’s a homemade sign attached to a tree that reads, “Gravel Ends,” and it’s true. Down the hill and a around a tight bend, the gravel ends and the dirt begins. River Rd is dirt from here all the way to Hwy 6.
Take a right on Hwy 6. After about .25 mile take a left on Kennedy Ford Rd and head north. Ride Kennedy Ford 1.25 miles to a junction with Comstock Rd. Stay left to continue north on Comstock towards Scoville Rd. Take a left to head west on Scoville. After a very straight 3 mile stretch of rollers on Scoville hang another left on Duffeld Flat Rd.
Duffeld Flat is mostly paved. Ride about 1.5 miles to where it terminates at Hwy 6/272. This is where I got turned around. You can make a shorter loop of it–like I had originally planned–and take a right on 272 to go directly back to Palouse. Or you can do a little backtracking and hang a left to head east again down Hwy 6. Ride the shoulder of Hwy 6 for about 3.3 miles to River Rd again and make a right. The route should look familiar from here back to Palouse because it’s exactly the way you rode out. Enjoy the opportunity to take in the views of the lazy Palouse River from another angle.