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"If I had one last day on Earth, I'd ride the rim at Crater Lake." So says guest Lynn P. from Florida. Relish the riding on satin-smooth roads sailing through forests of tall timbers, beside sparkling rivers and snow-crowned peaks. Bicycle the Aufderheide Scenic Byway, which Adventure Cycling magazine calls "...a mecca for road riders looking for ultra-smooth pavement, low traffic and scenic beauty." Explore the brewpub-and-outdoor-lover's paradise of Bend. Hike Central Oregon’s surreal high desert. Ride beside the Wild and Scenic Rogue River. Spend two days in stunning Crater Lake National Park, and ride around the volcanic rim of the deepest lake in the United States. It all adds up to one phenomenal week. In order to best serve you, this tour offers pick-up and drop-off in Portland, Oregon.
National Parks on This Tour: Crater Lake National Park
*Note: August 21 - 27 departure is $150 less due to route and lodging changes.
Meet in Portland. Bike one of the ‘Top 10 Roads in the West’ - the stunning Aufderheide Scenic Byway.
Meet us in Portland for a transfer south. Ride the beautiful Aufderheide Scenic Byway beside the McKenzie, a Wild and Scenic River that weaves through the dense old-growth of the Willamette National Forest. A world-class road bike ride, the Adventure Cycling Association calls it "...one of the top 10 roads in the West, a mecca for road riders looking for ultra-smooth pavement, low traffic and scenic beauty.” Spend tonight at McKenzie Riverside Cottages, a favorite haunt of President Herbert Hoover.
Climb from old-growth fir forests to the alpine woods and lava fields of McKenzie Pass Scenic Bikeway. Enjoy Bend's Oxford Hotel for the next 2 nights.
Cross the Cascade Range via McKenzie Pass Scenic Bikeway, a 3,700-foot climb spanning 22 miles. “The grades are pretty steady but not real hard,” says Chris Horner, professional cyclist from Bend, Oregon, describing his favorite local ride for Bicycling magazine. “It’s beautiful up at the top of McKenzie Pass — a snowcapped mountain view on one side and a lava field on the other.”
Lunch at the summit among 2,000-year-old jumbled lava flows. Ride a long sweeping descent through the lodgepole pines of Willamette National Forest into the Old West town of Sisters. Then it's on to your two-night stay at McMenamins Old St. Francis School in Bend, Oregon. Enjoy the soaking pool at McMenamins - and have fun exploring the town's craft brewpubs.
Ride and explore Bend, Oregon’s adventure capitol.
Bend offers a plethora of choices: world-class fly fishing on rivers like the Deschutes and Metolius, stellar hiking and mountain biking, horseback riding, river rafting - and of course, brewpubs, shops and art galleries. Prefer to ride? We'll show you some great road cycling options - including a ride out to Smith Rock, famous in the rock-climbing world. If you like, you can ride there, take a climbing lesson and then head on back. Take your pick from a bevy of options: we’ll make it happen.
Ride Dutchman Flat and Crane Prairie, then ride into Crater Lake National Park.
Ride the Cascade Lakes Highway today. This gorgeous National Scenic Byway in the Deschutes National Forest wraps the foothills of Mt. Bachelor, curving from Dutchman Flat to lunch at Crane Prairie Reservoir. This breeding
ground for osprey is also home to record-breaking rainbow trout. This afternoon, ride into Crater Lake National Park - an unforgettable cruise across a high meadow strewn with volcanic pumice from the blast of Mt. Mazama 8,000 years ago. Crest the rim for your first sight of stunning Crater Lake 1,500 feet below. As one of Oregon's seven wonders, it's nothing short of breathtaking! Spend the next two nights at Crater Lake Lodge, the lovingly restored National Park Lodge perched on the west rim. The views are fantastic.
Ride Crater Lake’s spectacular rim – a glorious 33-mile route that tops Bicycling Magazine’s ‘Dream Rides’ list.
Crater Lake’s 33-mile bicycle ride is considered by Bicycling magazine to be one of the most spectacular one-day rides in the country. PureWow's travel page calls it one of the '11 Most Zen Places on the Planet.' On one side, a rocky cliff leads down to the deepest lake in the United States; on the other, thrill to a 100-mile panoramic view from 7,000 feet of elevation: the Cascade Mountains, Eastern Oregon's high desert, Cinnamon Butte, The Sisters. We guarantee this will be one of the top 5 bicycle rides of your life.
Ride through forested wilderness along the Umpqua River.
Cycle north beside Crater Lake one last time and descend into the Umpqua National Forest. Pedal amidst evergreens following the Umpqua River along to Roseburg. Stay the night at our riverfront hotel in Roseburg, enjoying the views from the hot tub or your room.
Pedal the "Covered Bridge Capital of Oregon." Get dropped off in Eugene, or back in Portland.
Head north to Cottage Grove for a relaxed ride around the "Covered Bridge Capital of Oregon.” You'll see four of these beauties today: Dorena Bridge, overlooking the Dorena Lake reservoir; the Currin Bridge, a 60-foot span over the Row River that is only open to cyclists and pedestrians. Climb up to the Stewart Bridge, overlooking Mosby Creek - and for the finale, check out the Layng Mosby Creek Bridge, Lane County's oldest. Stop for celebratory photos at each before shuttling back to Portland.
As an optional extra, a person traveling solo on any inn-to-inn trip may reserve a room for his or her exclusive use. This will guarantee you a private room and private bath every night. Unlike other tour companies, if you're willing to share a room, there is no extra charge for coming solo, no matter when you sign up for the tour - even if you wind up with a private room by default.