Crater Lake Bike Tour (Bend) – Backroads
July 14 - 19, 2017
In Oregon, a bicycle is legally considered a vehicle, and the same Oregon road laws apply. Please “be seen” and practice safe riding. Vehicle traffic, farm equipment and narrow shoulders exist on many Oregon roads, and you may find that construction projects, traffic or other events may cause road conditions or signage to differ from the map results, ride descriptions and directions. For travel options plus weather and road conditions, visit tripcheck.com, call 511 (in Oregon only), 800.977.6368 or 503.588.2941. Routes listed on this website are for informational purposes and intended as a reference guide only.
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Now this is living! Sun shining. Kicking back on the deck of the lodge. The indescribable blue of the water. Thirty-four vigorous miles around the rim, with views of Crater Lake from every angle—each new vista better than the last. You’re still mesmerized. You might even say you couldn’t wait for tomorrow… if life weren’t so perfect today.
Days 1-2: Astonishing Crater Lake, the country’s deepest lake, is uniquely beautiful and seemingly undiscovered Pedal rolling terrain against a backdrop of thick conifer forests Cross into Crater Lake National Park—ready for the 2,500-foot climb to the top of the crater? As you circle the rim of this enormous caldera, you can’t help admiring the lake’s intense sapphire color and amazing clarity Each curve in the road brings another incredible vista, from the cinder cone of Wizard Island to the 9,000-foot peak of Mount Scott Unwind at the lodge or explore the spectacular landscape on foot.
Days 3-4: Two-wheel it along the Cascade Lakes Highway, a National Scenic Byway that meanders through forests, lava fields and lake-dotted valleys Spin in the shadow of Broken Top Mountain and the Three Sisters’ volcanic peaks—the most demanding ride of the trip but also the most rewarding! Elk Lake, with Mount Bachelor looming ahead, sets the stage for lunch Finish your ride at the lake or pedal all the way to Bend Bike in the rolling Cascade foothills, savoring the fragrance of pines and mountain views in every direction.
Days 5-6: Cycle to the lively Old West-style town of Sisters via one of Oregon’s scenic bikeways Revel in the incredible mountain views and rugged landscape of Central Oregon The grand Deschutes River and distant craggy Smith Rock provide a scenic backdrop for the ride Pedal along McKenzie Pass, one of Oregon’s most beautiful road biking routes, past ancient lava flows and into the lush valley A gourmet picnic at Belknap Hot Springs is the perfect way to end a memorable week.