Crater Lake & Scenic Cascades Bicycle Tour – Day 7
Rogue/Umpqua Scenic Byway, Waterfalls, 60 Miles of Downhill, Steamboat Cottages, an Exceptional Final Dinner
Day seven of our Crater Lake and Scenic Cascades Bicycle Tour is almost entirely downhill. We start with a few ups and downs as we traverse the west rim one last time. We bid a fond farewell to Crater Lake and welcome the enticing Diamond Lake emerging in the distance as we coast out the north end of the park. We skim the shore of Diamond Lake on a pleasant bike path with views of the spire-like Mt. Thielsen dominating the skyline across this pretty mountain lake. At the foot of the lake, we connect with the Rogue/Umpqua Scenic Byway and after a few miles we find ourselves riding alongside the thundering waters of the Umpqua River. We are on “The Highway of Waterfalls” and there are some beauties. Clearwater, Whitehorse, Watson, and Toketee Falls are easily accessible and a visual feast for the eyes. We lunch at Toketee Falls before cruising the last 20 miles through the beautiful Umpqua canyon on our way to the renowned Steamboat Inn. Settle into your cabin and unwind on its deck overlooking the river as you wait for a spectacular wine reception and farewell dinner.