Crater Lake & Scenic Cascades Bicycle Tour – Day 1
Day 1 Cottage Grove to Oakridge
Covered bridges, rails-to-trails bikeway, Dorena Lake, tumbling creeks, secluded mountain roads, big climb, expansive views, fun decent, cask condition ales.
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.