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 3

Day 3 Rainbow to Bend

Highlights:

McKenzie Pass Scenic Bikeway, lava moonscapes, Dee Wright Observatory, volcanic vistas, Sisters, Twin Bridges Scenic Bikeway, Bend

Crater Lake and Cascades Bicycle Tour elevation map, Day 3

Route Details:

On the third day of our Crater Lake and Scenic Cascades tour we bicycle into a volcanic wonderland, descend to the charming old west town of Sisters, and finish our ride in Bend, the hot spot of central Oregon. We loosen up those stiff legs this morning with an easy pedal east to the McKenzie Pass Scenic Bikeway. We ramble through an old growth forest, up a tight road with a dozen switchbacks, and emerge onto a lunar landscape of lava and not so distant volcanoes. A few awe-inspiring miles later, we arrive at the Dee Wright Observatory, our summit, and lunch. We take in the amazing vistas and identify the nearby volcanoes from strategically placed observatory windows as we eat. Back on our bikes, a sweet downhill takes us into the wild-west artsy town of Sisters and a noticeable change in environment. We are in high desert cowboy country now. Stroll around Sisters a bit, it won’t take long, before hopping back on your mechanical steed for the last 30 miles of riding along the Twin Bridges Scenic Bikeway into Bend and our lodging at Pine Ridge InnCascade Lakes Brewing Company is across the street and the Pine Ridge Inn offers a complementary glass of wine or beer. Tonight we dine at the Pine Tavern in Downtown Bend.

Day 3 Gallery: