Crater Lake and Scenic Oregon Coast Tour – Day 6
Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway, Klamath Lake Wetlands, Annie Creek Canyon, Crater Lake National Park, Crater Lake Lodge
Day six of our Crater Lake and Oregon Coast bike tour begins with an hour shuttle to the western shore of Klamath Lake, a stopping point for 80% of the migratory birds on the Pacific Flyway. We begin our ride heading north along the shore of the lake into the Upper Upper Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge. Seventeen miles later, a broad, tranquil, grassy valley flanked by gorgeous mountains emerges before us. Weaving our way through large cattle ranches we head toward Fort Klamath and join the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway. The remains of Mt. Mazama (Crater Lake) beckoning us northward as we glide easily through this flat terrain.
We stop for a picnic lunch near the border of Crater Lake National Park. Climbing begins here, although nothing too strenuous as we follow the amazingly sculpted ash gorge of Annie Creek Canyon up to the park’s south entrance. A final two mile steep push gets us to the rim and our first look at Crater Lake. The view is breathtaking and unforgettable. This is the deepest lake in America, and the ninth deepest and one of the clearest lakes in the world. The multiple blue hues of the lake reflecting the stark volcanic background of the crater walls are mesmerizing. A few pedal strokes later, we arrive at our destination, the rustic and magnificent Crater Lake Lodge perched on the crater rim overlooking the lake nearly 2,000 feet below. We enjoy a special dinner at the lodge tonight and celebrate our arrival.