Crater Lake and Scenic Oregon Coast Tour – Day 7
Crater Lake, Crater Lake Rim Ride, Cascade Mountain Range views, volcanic peaks dotting the horizon
Today, day seven, is one of the highlights of the Crater Lake and Oregon Coast Bicycle Tour. We ride the rim road of Crater Lake, deemed by Bicycling Magazine as one of the best bike rides in America. Take your time on this ride. Allow yourself to be drawn into the frequent pullouts to gaze down at the deep crystal clear blue water and the enchanting and aptly named Wizard Island, or cast a glance away from the lake at the spectacular volcanic peaks that dot the horizon. It is scenic bliss in every direction, but we do have to earn it. There is nary a flat spot on this loop and our lungs will begin to feel the 7,000 foot altitude with our first of four big climbs today. A picnic lunch awaits us near the halfway point of the ride. For those with energy to spare, pack your lunch, park your bike, and hike down a steep 1.2 mile trail to Cleetwood Cove. It is the only spot to access the lake, and if you are super adventurous, go for a chilly swim before trekking back up the trail. Remounting our bikes, we begin a steady climb up to Cloudcap Viewpoint, the highest point on the rim. From here it is an exhilarating downhill to Phantom Ship Overlook. After another long ascent and descent we pass the magical Vidae Falls. Two climbs later we arrive back at the rim to complete our loop. Tonight we enjoy another great dinner at the historic Crater Lake Lodge.