Crater Lake & Oregon Scenic Byways
Crater Lake Lodge
Wizard Island, Crater Lake
Some Highlights of this Tour:
Riding the rim around Crater Lake is considered by many as one of the most spectacular bike rides in the United States. A 33-mile undulating road encircles the magnificent lake that is the deepest in the U.S at 1,943 feet. This depth and purity of the water give Crater Lake an intense sapphire blue that can only be truly appreciated firsthand. According to the National Park’s website, Crater Lake is also considered to be the cleanest and clearest large body of water on earth.
Our tour begins with 2 nights at the park. After transport to Crater Lake from Oakridge, we’ll assemble bikes, spend time enjoying the lake and environs, and have a welcome dinner. Our first day’s ride of the rim is the true highlight of the tour as we enjoy cycling around the caldera with stunning vistas of the brilliantly blue, awe-inspiring Crater Lake. Few places on earth command overwhelming awe from observers as Crater Lake does. Our first tour includes 2-nights lodging at the Cabins at Mazama Village at Crater Lake. Tour 2 includes 2-nights lodging at the Crater Lake Lodge.
Even in a region of volcanic wonders, Crater Lake can only be described in superlatives. Stories of the deep blue lake can never prepare visitors for their first breathtaking look from the brink of this 6 mile wide caldera which was created by the eruption and collapse of Mt. Mazama almost 7,000 years ago. Even seasoned travelers gasp at the twenty-mile circle of cliffs, tinted in subtle shades and fringed with hemlock, fir, and pine: all this in a lake of indescribable blue.
On our next day we’ll head north toward Crescent, Oregon. Our 58-mile ride begins with a big descent from Crater Lake, followed by a mostly flat ride to our lodging for the night at the Woodsman Country Lodge. Day 3 takes us through forest service land to La Pine, Oregon, as we travel along quiet back roads on a 49-mile hilly ride of approximately 1,400 feet of elevation gain. La Pine is situated among the pines (of course!) with soaring mountains, numerous streams, lakes and rivers nearby. La Pine considers itself an outdoor lover’s playground.
Leaving La Pine we travel the roads encircling Mt. Bachelor as we make our way to Bend, spending much of our day riding the Cascades Lake Scenic Byway. A 64-mile ride takes us to the charming small city of Bend, located on the Deschutes River. A thriving city of 80,000, known for craft beers, coffee, and a hip, yet cosmopolitan lifestyle.
The next morning you might like to sleep-in and enjoy an extra cappuccino in Bend, as we have a short day's ride planned of just 27 miles to the town of Sisters, Oregon. For those looking for more miles, Sisters to Smith Rock Scenic Byway is an additional option to put down more miles. In Sisters we will stay at the Five Pine Lodge, a Trip Advisor Travelers' Choice and AAA Four Diamond award winner.
Leaving Sisters, the riding just gets better as we spend our last two days on roads less traveled! We'll ride McKenzie Pass from Sisters to Rainbow over 47 glorious miles where vistas include snow-capped mountains and dense forests. Past the observatory, it’s all downhill until you hit the McKenzie River on twisty, low-traffic roads that plunge down the forest to Harbick's Country Inn where we'll spend the night.
On our last day we cycle the Aufderheide Highway for 63 miles from Rainbow to Oakridge. Even though you're gradually climbing the first half of the day (the average grade is less than 3%), the smooth rolling pavement is so sublime that you'll hardly notice the effort. Traffic is light and ample sunlight filters through the trees. Your climbing efforts will be justly rewarded as you glide downhill for the last 30 miles to make your way to the end of a great week of riding in the Beaver State.