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 4

Day 4 Rest Day or Ride the Cascades Lakes Scenic Byway

Highlights:

Relaxing and taking in the sites, shops, and bistros in Bend or maybe a white water rafting trip on the Deschutes River (non-riders), Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway (riders)

An optional rest day awaits you on day four of our Crater Lake and Scenic Cascades Bicycle Tour.  If you ride or rest, lunch is on your own today.  Breakfast and a group dinner are included in the Via Bike Tours fee.

For those inclined to ride, we have a truly spectacular route.

Crater Lake and Cascades Bicycle Tour elevation map, Day 4

Route Details:

We board the van for a 75 minute shuttle to the southern terminus of the Cascade Lakes National Scenic Byway.  We ride this stunningly picturesque road north, back to Bend.  The byway follows a volcanic landscape carved by water and accentuated by 14 alpine lakes with scenic views of South Sister, Broken Top, and Mt. Bachelor.  We have a casual lunch at Elk Lake Lodge, known for its Oregon home-style specialties all sourced from sustainable local producers.  We may want to take a swim in the lake before straddling the bike for a climb up the lower flanks of Mt. Bachelor past the ski area entrance. From here it is a fast downhill on a smooth, wide shoulder all the way back into Bend. Yeehaa!

Dinner tonight is at 900 Wall followed by a brew pub crawl for those who wish to sample an assortment of outstanding Northwest beers.

Day 4 Gallery: