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Created for stronger cyclists, this 'heftier' version of the Crater Lake tour crosses the Coast Range and sails down the knobby headlands of the craggy southern seaboard before turning inland again to follow the Wild and Scenic Rogue River. The showstopper of the week, though, is the ride around one of the Seven Wonders of Oregon: spectacular Crater Lake - which Bicycling Magazine calls “a scenic road that will leave you breathless.”
Meet in Portland. Ride over the Smith River Range, from Lane County to the dunes of Reedsport.
Meet in Portland early on a Saturday morning and van two hours south through the lush Willamette Valley farmland to Eugene, Oregon. Today’s ride is long and spectacular: head west, climbing over the Coast Range through the Siuslaw National Forest on a road with very little traffic. Follow the Smith River through evergreen forests and pastureland as it slowly descends toward the Pacific Ocean. Spend the night near the ocean in Reedsport.
Ride the coast from Reedsport to charming Bandon along Seven Devils Road.
Sunday, head south along the coast, bicycling through forests and along pristine beaches with sand dunes and lighthouses. The rolling hills of the aptly-named Seven Devils Road drop out onto the coast again at Bandon, a vibrant fishing and resort town.
Ride from Bandon to Gold Beach, sunniest spot on the entire Washington and Oregon coastline.
Today is another day of cycling Oregon's wild coastline: sandy beaches; rocky cliffs; waves pounding the rocky seastacks. The finish line is Gold Beach, a sport fishing town in the heart of Oregon’s “Banana Belt.” Boasting more sun than any other town on the Oregon or Washington coasts, Gold Beach is so far from any major metropolitan area that its gorgeous beaches remain wonderfully uncrowded. Dinner is on your own tonight, so you’ll have time to explore.
Ride south from Gold Beach, Oregon to dip into California. Be awed by the immense redwoods of Jedediah Smith State Park.
Today, ride even farther south along the coast to Crescent City, California - 56 miles of wild, scenic beauty. Lunch on the beach at Crissey Field, an Oregon State Recreation Site perched between the California border and the Winchuck River. Continue riding south to explore the magnificent old growth redwoods of Jedediah Smith State Park. Stay tonight at Morrison’s Rogue River Lodge, a rafting and fishing resort perched right on the river.
Whitewater rafting on the Wild & Scenic Rogue River. Ride to Crater Lake this afternoon.
This morning, take a thrilling whitewater raft trip through the gorges, canyons and old-growth forest along the Rogue River (the raft trip is included in your tour price). After lunch at Morrison's, head to Union Creek, birthplace of the Rogue. Pedal your bicycle 24 miles through the Rogue River - Siskiyou National Forest right into Crater Lake National Park, across a high meadow covered with volcanic pumice from the explosion of Mt. Mazama some 8,000 years ago. From Crater Lake's rim, gaze down 1,500 feet to the stunningly blue lake below. Spend the next two nights here, at the famous lodge perched right on the rim of amazing, stunning Crater Lake.
Ride the rim of Crater Lake - a breathtaking spin crowning Bicycling Magazine’s 'Dream Rides' list.
Today, bicycle around Crater Lake's rim. This 35-mile ride is considered by Bicycling magazine to be one of the most spectacular one-day rides in the entire country. At an elevation of 7,000 feet and with plenty of ups and downs, the rim ride is more challenging than the 35-mile distance would indicate. A hike and boating expedition to the caldera’s tiny Wizard Island is on today’s schedule as well; the boat tour is included as part of your trip package. Not a boater? If you prefer, hike up to Mt. Scott or Garfield Butte for phenomenal views of the lake and surrounding region.
Ride from Crater Lake to Diamond Lake, then on to the Steamboat Inn.
Pedal north out of Crater Lake to another gorgeous gem today - sparkling Diamond Lake, beloved by fishermen and wilderness enthusiasts alike. Ride a paved bicycle path around the lake, through wetland meadows laced with
sparkling streams, then follow the North Umpqua
River through evergreen forests and out into the farmland near Roseburg. Enjoy lunch at beautiful Clearwater Falls Park before cycling to our lodging for the night at the Steamboat Inn, right on the Umpqua River.
Ride to Glide, the only place in the world where two rivers meet head-on. Then it's back to Portland.
This last day, ride onward to Glide, where the North Umpqua River meets the Little River head-on – the only place in the world where this happens. After a gourmet picnic lunch and a final celebration, load up and head north again 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. 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.