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 4

Day 4 Crescent City to Ashland

Highlights:

Applegate River, Southern Oregon Wine Country, the ghost town of Buncom, historic Jacksonville, Ashland

Crater Lake Scenic Oregon Coast Day 4

Route Details:

We shuttle 1 ½ hours inland up the breath-taking Smith River Canyon on day four of the Crater Lake and Oregon Coast Bicycle Tour, to begin our ride in the picturesque Applegate Valley. We follow the Applegate River past vineyards, wineries, and pastoral farmland with the Siskiyou Mountains as a backdrop. Sunset Magazine described this region as “Wine Country, the way it ought to be.” Small boutique wineries without the crowds or opulence are the norm here, where your tasting room server is likely to be the wine maker. Red Lily Vineyards is our picnic lunch stop and gives us an opportunity to sample a local varietal or two as we relax and dip our toes in the peaceful Applegate River.

Back on our bikes, we pass the tiny ghost town of Buncom before tackling our only major climb of the day. It is a scenic ascent toward Woodrat Mountain, a favorite launch sight for paragliders. A few splendid downhills later, we arrive in the historic gold-rush town of Jacksonville. We take a break from the bike to wander the old-west style town, window shop, or perhaps sample wine, cheese, or fresh roasted coffee.

Leaving Jacksonville, we gradually climb through the orchards and vineyards of the Bear Creek Valley and end our ride in the charming, artsy, lively town of Ashland, home of the Tony Award winning Oregon Shakespeare Festival and countless other entertainment venues. The Plaza Inn and Suites, situated on the edge of the town center is our resting place for the next two nights.