Oregon Route 27

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For the unsigned Highway 27, see Alsea Highway. For the highway formerly known as the Crooked River Highway until about 1940, see Crooked River-Paulina Highway.

Oregon Route 27 marker

Oregon Route 27
Route information
Maintained by ODOT
Length: 44.78 mi (72.07 km)
Existed: 1932 – present
Major junctions
South end: US 20.svg US 20 near Brothers
North end: US 26.svg US 26 in Prineville
Highway system
US 26 US 30
Oregon Route 27 in Prineville, Oregon

Oregon Route 27 is an Oregon state highway, known as the Lower Crooked River Back Country Byway, or, more formally, the Crooked River Highway No. 14 (see Oregon highways and routes). It is located in Deschutes County and Crook County. OR 27 has the distinction of being one of the only state highways in Oregon which is partially unpaved; out of a 45-mile (72 km) total length, an 18½ mile stretch of the highway is gravel.

Route description[edit]

OR 27 has its southern terminus at a junction with U.S. Route 20 at Brothers, east of Bend. It runs north, along the Crooked River, towards Prineville Reservoir and the city of Prineville. It terminates in Prineville at a junction with U.S. Route 26.

The highway is commonly known as the Les Schwab Highway, as it serves a significant amount of freight traffic for the Les Schwab tire company, which is headquartered in Prineville.[citation needed] There have been numerous proposals over the years to pave the highway in its entirety; but no such projects have been undertaken due to lack of funding.[citation needed]

Southern Terminus of Oregon Route 27
Southern End of Oregon Route 27


OR 27 used to extend further northwest to the town of Metolius, roughly following the present US 26.

Major intersections[edit]

Note: mileposts do not reflect actual mileage due to realignments.
County Location mi[1] km Destinations Notes
Deschutes   42.51 68.41 US 20 – Bend, Brothers
Crook Prineville 0.00 0.00 US 26
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ Oregon Department of Transportation, Public Road Inventory (primarily the Digital Video Log), accessed April 2008

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