Crater Lake & Scenic Cascades Bicycle Tour – Day 6
Crater Lake via rim and water
Today, day six of our bicycle tour, we ride the rim road of Crater Lake, deemed by Bicycling Magazine as one of the best bike rides in America. As we begin the ride, don’t be surprised if you are drawn in to the frequent pullouts to gaze down at the deep crystal clear blue water and the enchanted and aptly named Wizard Island. Near the halfway point, we dismount our bikes and hike down a steep mile-long trail to Cleetwood Cove, the only lake access, for a picnic lunch and perhaps a chilly swim (if you dare) before boarding a boat for an unforgettable Crater Lake Park Ranger narrated cruise around the lake. After our voyage, our legs will get a good warm-up as we hike back up the trail to the rim. If you prefer to end the ride at this point, our van will shuttle you back to the lodge where you can embark on a magnificent hike or simply relax and absorb the views from the lodge patio. For the full route riders, we continue along the East Rim Road with a steady climb up to the Cloudcap Viewpoint, the highest point on the rim, followed by an exhilarating but rugged downhill to the Phantom Ship Overlook. After another long ascent and descent we pass the magical Vidae Falls. One small climb, followed by a larger climb up to the rim and we arrive back at the lodge. Tonight we enjoy another great dinner at the lodge.