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 8

Day 8 Steamboat to Cottage Grove

Highlights:

Secluded mountain roads, the Final Climb, 40 miles of sweet downhill, Part 2 of the Covered Bridges Scenic Bikeway, a parting ale at the Hard Knocks Brewery

Crater Lake and Cascades Bicycle Tour elevation map, Day 8

Route Details:

It is our last day together on the Crater Lake and Scenic Cascades Bike Tour but it starts out with a visual bang as we head up beautiful Canton Creek on an isolated one lane BLM road up to the distant skyline.  We won’t see any traffic for the next 30 miles.  At about the 19 mile mark we summit, take in the view and immediately plunge down a cliffhanging road with an average 10% grade.  Whoa Nellie, hold on tight to those handlebars!  Very quickly we level out as we meet up with Sharp Creek and the forest understory.  The road widens and turns buttery smooth here.  We creep back into civilization as we turn onto Row River Road and work our way along the southwest shore of Dorena Lake into Cottage Grove.  We’ll pass our final two covered bridges and end our ride at Hard Knocks Brewing, for lunch and a toast to our grand adventure.  Here we will say our goodbyes with fond memories of our wonderful journey together. For those heading back to Eugene, we’ll load into the van, arriving early in the evening.

If this sounds like fun, we invite you to join us by reserving your space now.

Day 8 Gallery: