Crater Lake and Scenic Oregon Coast Tour – Day 8
Rogue-Umpqua Scenic Byway, Waterfalls, 60 miles of downhill, Steamboat Cottages, an exceptional wine dinner
Day eight of our Crater Lake and Oregon Coast Bicycle Tour is almost entirely downhill. We start with a few ups and downs as we traverse the west rim road one last time. We bid a fond farewell to Crater Lake and welcome the enticing Diamond Lake emerging in the distance as we coast out the north end of the park. We skim the shore of Diamond Lake on a pleasant bike path with views of the spire-like Mt. Thielsen dominating the skyline across this pretty mountain lake. At the foot of the lake, we connect with the Rogue-Umpqua Scenic Byway and after a few miles we find ourselves riding alongside the thundering tributary waters of the Umpqua River. We are on “The Highway of Waterfalls” and there are some beauties. Clearwater, Whitehorse, Watson, and Toketee Falls are easily accessible and totally awesome. We lunch at Toketee Falls before cruising the last 20 miles through the beautiful Umpqua canyon on our way to the renowned Steamboat Inn. Settle into your cabin and unwind on its deck overlooking the river as you anticipatt Inne a spectacular wine reception and gourmet dinner in the cozy lodge.