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Oakridge-Crater Lake Loop

  • Length:
    248.6 miles
  • Difficulty:
    Extreme
  • Best Season(s):
    Late Summer to Early Fall
  • Nearby Cities:
    Oakridge, Diamond Lake, Chemult
  • Region:
    Southern Oregon, Willamette Valley
  • Attributes:
    Extended Climbs, Gravel, Rural

Trailhead Elevation: 1172 ft

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DESCRIPTION
The Oakridge area is an excellent destination for bike touring (and mountain biking!). There are endless places to get lost in the surrounding Willamette and Umpqua national forests. This tour has a bunch of climbing, but the spectacular camping and hot springs make it worth every foot of elevation gain. If you’re into swimming in beautiful rivers and lakes, soaking hot springs or exploring national parks you’ve to try this route!

Do your best to do this tour in September when the loop around the lake is closed to car traffic. Check dates here.

HIGHLIGHTS
Crater Lake, Umpqua and McCredie hot springs, Train Mountain Railroad Museum

IMPORTANT
If you’re looking to ride the full rim loop of Crater Lake, be sure to check snow conditions.

If you find yourself with more time you may want to skip the highway 97 portion of this tour and find a less busy way back to Oakridge. Highway 97 has a decent sized shoulder, but its busy and loud. It might be fun to link this ride up with part of the Oregon Outback, if you’re feeling adventurous.

SURFACE
Dirt and pavement, mostly pavement.

TIRES
32c min.

LENGTH
4-6 days/248.6 miles

SEASON
Late July through September

For more details and riding tips, visit http://www.oregonbiketouring.com/oakrigde-crater-lake-loop

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Abraham Sutfin, OregonBikeTouring.com

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