Crater Lake & Scenic Oregon Coast Bicycle Tour

2016 TOUR DATES: Sept 10-19 (Closed)
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  • Crater Lake and Scenic Oregon Coast Bicycle Tour

SCENIC ROUTES ON THIS TOUR:

Oregon Coast Bicycle RouteWild Rivers Coast Scenic BikewayCascades Siskiyou Scenic BikewayVolcanic Legacy Scenic BywayCrater Lake National Park Rim DriveRogue/Umpqua "Highway of Waterfalls" Scenic BywayCovered Bridges Scenic Bikeway

Tour Summary

  • Difficulty: Challenging
  • Duration: 9½ Days, 9 Riding Days (1 optional rest day), 9 Nights
  • Price: $3,690 double occupancy, $900 single supplement
  • Price Includes: 9 nights lodging, 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 9 dinners, snacks, luggage transport, support van, guides, park entrance fees, 1 Oregon Shakespeare Festival play
  • Tour Start/End: Cottage Grove, Oregon
  • Overnights: Reedsport, Bandon, Gold Beach, Crescent City, Ashland (2 nights), Crater Lake (2 nights), and Steamboat on the Umpqua River
  • Nearest Airport: Eugene, Oregon (EUG)

Mileage & Altitude Summary

Crater Lake and Oregon Coast mileage table

Tour Description

Crater Lake and Scenic Oregon Bicycle Tour map

We hit two of the top Oregon bicycling bucket list routes on this fantastic tour, the rugged Wild Rivers section of the Oregon Coast and Crater Lake National Park. We cycle along side the Pacific Ocean, enjoying picture-perfect cliffside vistas, lighthouses, isolated beach coves, tide pools, rock monoliths, powerful waves, and old growth temperate rain forests running right down to the beach. To top off our awe-inspiring coastal experience, we cycle through majestic redwood groves containing some of the biggest trees on earth. But we are not finished yet. A few days later, after traversing Southern Oregon’s charming wine country, we gaze down at one of the deepest, clearest, bluest lakes in the world as we ride around Crater Lake, one of the most memorable bicycle routes in America.  Plus, we eat great food, enjoy the entertaining town of Ashland, attend a play, and stay in comfortable hotels, riverside cabins, and the rustic Crater Lake Lodge along the way.

If you want gorgeous scenery and don’t mind putting on some mileage, this ride is for you.(1) We follow five designated scenic routes including a circumnavigation of Crater Lake, selected by Bicycle Magazine as one of the top rides in the US.

Day 0 - Introductions

We begin our Crater Lake and Oregon Coast bicycle tour in Cottage Grove, Oregon.(2) We meet in the afternoon for a 1 hour shuttle to coastal town of Reedsport. After we check into the Best Western Salbasgeon Inn, we rendezvous for a guide presentation of your upcoming adventure. A tasty, relaxing, hearty dinner will follow at the Harbor Light Family Restaurant.


  1. Portions of this route are on Coastal Highway 101. We may encounter significant traffic. Morning fog is common and may delay ride start times.
  2. Via Bike Tours provides shuttle service from Ashland Oregon and Eugene Oregon to our meeting spot in Cottage Grove.

Crater Lake and Scenic Oregon Coast Tour

Day 1 Reedsport to Bandon

Highlights:

Oregon Coast, sand dunes, Winchester Bay, Charleston, Cape Arago, Coquille and Umpqua River Lighthouses, Port of Bandon

Crater Lake Scenic Oregon Coast Day 1

Route Details:

On our first cycling day of the Crater Lake and Oregon Coast Bicycle Tour we ride out of Reedsport southbound following the Oregon Coast Bike Route to Winchester Bay, taking a quick detour off Highway 101 to Salmon Harbor, the historic Umpqua Lighthouse, and our first good view of the Pacific Ocean. Returning to 101 we cruise to the end of the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, past forested inland lakes, and over Coos Bay into the town of North Bend. We take the bypass route here for a stellar detour out to the port of Charleston and onward along the coastal bluffs to Cape Arago. Enjoy a picnic lunch as you witness powerful ocean waves smash against rock stacks and sheer seaside cliffs. On a calm day, a keen eye may spot a whale and almost certainly observe seals and sea lions on Simpson Reef. Retracing our route a few miles, we turn onto Seven Devils Road. The Devils are littlepeaks we must crest en route. The numbers are conveniently painted on the pavement at the summit of each, lest we forget. A short stint back on 101 brings us into the charming port town of Bandon at the mouth of the Coquille River and the north entrance to the Wild Rivers Coast. We ride through downtown and out to Beach Loop Road overlooking one of the most spectacular beaches on the coast. Rock monoliths jutting from the ocean floor dominate the horizon. Check into the Best Western Inn at Face Rock and walk down to the expansive beach. Look for seals, puffins, starfish, and urchins as you wade in the surf. Tonight we venture into downtown Bandon for Italian inspired coastal cuisine at Alloro Wine Bar & Restaurant.

Day 1 Gallery: