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 2

Day 2 Bandon to Gold Beach

Highlights:

Face Rock Scenic Viewpoint, Oregon Coast, cranberry bogs, Wild Rivers Coast Scenic Bikeway, Cape Blanco Lighthouse, Port Orford, Gold Beach

Crater Lake Scenic Oregon Coast Day 2

Route Details:

We leave the Bandon area on day two of the Crater Lake and Oregon Coast Bicycle Tour, cycling south on Beach Loop Road in scenic bliss. Returning to Highway 101, it’s a smooth ride past ranchland and cranberry bogs to Sixes where we join the Wild Rivers Coast Scenic Bikeway for a short detour to visit Cape Blanco. This is the westernmost point in the contiguous United States and location of a tour-worthy historic lighthouse. Climb to the top for an even more dramatic view. The cape is an excellent whale-watching spot in the spring and fall. Back on our bikes, we continue south to the small, artistic, cliffside fishing town of Port Townsend and our lunch stop at a local cafe.* A short side trip down to the “dolly docks” is worth the effort. Watch as boats are lifted in and out of the water by huge cranes and parked on large, custom-made trailers on the dock. Only six of these operations remain in the world. Back on route, a few rollers await us, including a climb around the forested leeward side of Humbug Mountain. The panoramic views and pounding surf are ever present as we reach Gold Beach at the mouth of the Rogue River. We lodge here for the evening at Ireland’s Gold Beach Inn.

* Lunch cost today is not covered by Via Bike Tours, allowing you to choose from a variety of delectable options – from a hot bowl of soup at the organic food market, to fish and chips at the The Crazy Norwegian, to more upscale fare at Redfish.

Day 2 Gallery: