#18: Roberts Market Road • 11.5 mi • 2108 ft • gravel
One day I’ll talk to a local historian about the names of all these roads, but for now I’ll speculate that this road went to someone’s ranch by the name of Robert or Roberts.
This road is long-known by gravel aficionados for its early miles in the grueling Oregon Stampede Route, including the iconic abandoned schoolhouse known as the “Grammers’ School” (because everyone puts it on Instagram) and the route’s first interminable climb up to Center Ridge. [LINK]
Roberts Market is the most straightforward way to get to the top of Hastings Ridge [LINK], and the lower sections of the road (before the elevation profile goes way up) make a great, not-as-hard loop into Fifteenmile. [LINK]