Crater Lake & Scenic Cascades Bicycle Tour

2016 TOUR DATES: JULY 23-31 (Closed)
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SCENIC ROUTES ON THIS TOUR:

Covered Bridges Scenic Bikeway  •  Aufderheide/West Cascades Scenic Byway  •  McKenzie Pass Scenic Bikeway  •  Twin Bridges Scenic Bikeway  •  Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway  •  Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway  •  Crater Lake National Park Rim Drive  •  Rogue/Umpqua "Highway of Waterfalls" Scenic Byway

Tour Summary

  • Difficulty: Challenging
  • Duration: 8½ days (8 cycling days), 8 nights
  • Price: $3,400 double occupancy, $820 single supplement
  • Price Includes: 8 nights lodging, 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 8 dinners, snacks, luggage transport, support van, guides, park entrance fees
  • Tour Start/End: Cottage Grove, Oregon
  • Overnights: Cottage Grove, Oakridge, Rainbow on the McKenzie River, Bend (2 nights), Crater Lake (2 nights), and Steamboat on the Umpqua River
  • Nearest Airport: Eugene, Oregon (EUG) – we will shuttle you to and from Cottage Grove

Tour Mileage & Altitude Summary

Crater Lake and Scenic Cascades Route Mileage and Altitude Matrix

Tour Description

Crater Lake and Cascades Bicycle Tour map

We ride deep into Oregon’s rugged and forested wilds, alongside cascading rivers, over breathtaking mountain passes, through high desert ranchland, and around majestic Crater Lake, North America’s most spectacular lake on this fantastic bicycle tour.  We experience some of the most dramatic scenery and picturesque roads that Oregon has to offer.  Crater Lake National Park, volcanic peaks, secluded backcountry lanes, spectacular waterfalls, and the lively town of Bend are the highlights of this trip.  Plus, we eat great food, experience Oregon’s world famous brewpub scene, and stay in cozy inns, riverside cottages, and the historic Crater Lake Park Lodge along the way.

This is a dream ride for cyclists who love gorgeous scenery and don’t mind a climb to get it.  We follow eight designated scenic routes and circumnavigate Crater Lake, selected by Bicycle Magazine as one of the top rides in the US.

Day 0 - Introductions

We begin our Crater Lake and Scenic Cascades bicycle tour the evening before our first day of riding. We meet at 5:00pm in Cottage Grove for introductions and a guide presentation of your upcoming adventure. A tasty, relaxing, hearty dinner will follow at Stacy’s Covered Bridge Restaurant before we head to the Best Western Cottage Grove Inn for our overnight stay. Rest well. We have a big day tomorrow.

Crater Lake & Scenic Cascades Bicycle Tour – Day 1

Day 1 Cottage Grove to Oakridge

Highlights:

Covered bridges, rails-to-trails bikeway, Dorena Lake, tumbling creeks, secluded mountain roads, big climb, expansive views, fun decent, cask condition ales.

Crater Lake and Cascades Bicycle Tour elevation map, day 1

Route Details:

Our Crater Lake and Scenic Cascades Bicycle Tour starts with a ride on the Covered Bridges Scenic Bikeway. A nice gradual climb up the Row River past Dorena Lake on a Rails-To-Trails bike path is the perfect way to warm up and get into our groove. There are two covered bridges alongside the path and an option to ride past three more with a few extra pedal strokes. We leave the bikeway after about 17 miles and follow a sweet country lane next to a gentle creek with a pretty waterfall before stopping for lunch. Then the real uphill fun starts on a one lane Forest Service road into the wild and rugged west flank of the Cascade Mountains. We are a long way from civilization here and we may not encounter another vehicle for 30 miles. A long fun decent into Oakridge begins at about the 40 mile mark. We head to the Oakridge Best Western Inn for the night, but you may want to stop first at the Brewer’s Union Local 180 for a Cask Conditioned Real Ale made on the premises. If you miss it, don’t worry, we’ll get a chance to go back after our evening meal. Tonight, we’ll eat at the Uptown Bistro.

Day 1 Gallery: