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 7

Day 7 Crater Lake to Steamboat

Highlights:

Rogue/Umpqua Scenic Byway, Waterfalls, 60 Miles of Downhill, Steamboat Cottages, an Exceptional Final Dinner

Crater Lake and Cascades Bicycle Tour elevation map, Day 7

Route Details:

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.

Day 7 Gallery: