Oregon, USA

Oregon Crater Lake Bike Tour

DURATION

6 Days

PRICE

$3,298

LEVEL

BADV_AbilityLevel_IconsIntermediate

DAILY DISTANCE

35-60 Miles

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES

Cycling (bikes included) & Hiking

INCLUDED MEALS

All breakfasts. One lunch and dinner on your own.

Discover and explore what we ultimately strive for in a cycling vacation–which is to simply “Pedal Happy”.

“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 through forests of tall timbers. Cruise beside sparkling rivers and snow-crowned peaks. Cycle though lava fields and mountain vistas on the McKenzie Pass Scenic Byway. Ride the Aufderheide Scenic Byway, which Adventure Cycling magazine calls “…a mecca for road riders looking for ultra-smooth pavement, low traffic, and scenic beauty.” Sample the craft brews and explore the outdoor-lover’s paradise of Bend. Hike Central Oregon’s surreal high desert. 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.

This tour is operated under special use permit/s with the Deschutes National Forest, Umpqua National Forest and Crater Lake National Park. Bicycle Adventures is an equal opportunity provider.

Day 01

Meet in Eugene. Bike one of the ‘Top 10 Roads in the West’ - the stunning Aufderheide Scenic Byway.

Meals

– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

McKenzie Riverside Cottages

Ability

BADV_AbilityLevel_IconsIntermediate

Distance

60 miles

Elevation

+3659 ft / -3528 ft

Meet us in Eugene, Oregon. 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.

Day 02

Climb from old-growth fir forests to the alpine woods and lava fields of McKenzie Pass Scenic Bikeway. Enjoy the outdoor mecca town of Bend for the next 2 nights.

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

McMenamins Old St. Francis School

Ability

BADV_AbilityLevel_IconsIntermediate

Distance

48 miles

Elevation

+4608 ft / -2621 ft

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, a 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 along 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.

Day 03

Visit Smith Rock in the morning. Ride and explore Bend, Oregon’s adventure capital in the afternoon.

Meals

– Breakfast

Lodging

McMenamins Old St. Francis School

After a visit to the world-famous rock-climbing mecca at Smith Rock State Park in the morning, you have the afternoon to enjoy the Bend area on your own. The hard part will be deciding what to choose! Bend offers a plethora of choices: world-class fly fishing on rivers like the Deschutes and Metolius, stellar hiking and mountain biking, river rafting – and of course, brewpubs, shops, and art galleries. Prefer to pedal? We’ll show you some great road cycling options in the area.

Day 04

Ride Dutchman Flat and Crane Prairie, then ride into Crater Lake National Park.

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Crater Lake Lodge

Ability

BADV_AbilityLevel_IconsIntermediate

Distance

40 miles

Elevation

+1,718 ft / -2,348 ft

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.

Day 05

Ride Crater Lake’s spectacular rim – a challenging and glorious 35-mile route that tops Bicycling magazine’s ‘Dream Rides’ list.

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Crater Lake Lodge

Ability

BADV_AbilityLevel_IconsIntermediate

Distance

35 miles

Elevation

+4165 ft / -4163 ft

Circumnavigating the rim of Crater Lake 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.

Day 06

Ride through forested wilderness along the Clearwater River. Then it's back to Eugene for your return trip home.

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch

Ability

BADV_AbilityLevel_IconsIntermediate

Distance

46 miles

Elevation

+1410 ft / -5762 ft

Cycle north beside Crater Lake one last time and descend into the Umpqua National Forest. Pedal amidst evergreens following the Clearwater River. Enjoy lunch and a short hike to Watson Falls – at 272 feet, it’s Oregon’s third-highest – before hopping in the van for the ride back to Eugene.

 

*Bicycle Adventures operates under special use permits while on Federal Lands managed by the National Forest Service (USDA), National Parks and Bureau of Land Management. In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) To file a complaint of discrimination: write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. 

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