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Crater Lake Bike Tour
Crater Lake Bike Tour

Now this is living! Summer sun shining. Cold beverage in hand. Feet up, kicking back on the deck of Crater Lake Lodge. Marveling at the indescribable blue of the water... There's nowhere you need to be and nothing you need to do. If there were, why would you want to? Thirty-three vigorous miles around the rim this morning, with views of Crater Lake from every angle - each new vista somehow even better than the last. You're still feeling mesmerized. And completely content. 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 - uniquely beautiful and seemingly undiscovered From mile-high Diamond Lake Resort, 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 The Cascade Lakes Highway, a National Scenic Byway meandering 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 Smith Rock, whose sheer volcanic crags are acclaimed by climbers worldwide Taking a break from your bike today doesn't necessarily mean taking it easy: the optional hike at Smith Rock can be as mellow or challenging as you like Or log some epic miles on two wheels, pedaling from Bend to Smith Rock, then continuing on to the lively Old West-style town of Sisters Ride McKenzie Pass, one of Oregon's most beautiful road biking routes, past ancient lava flows and into the lush valley The luxuriant grounds at Belknap Hot Springs provide an idyllic setting for our farewell picnic.


Trip Highlights
  • Challenging routes amid magnificent scenery in Central Oregon's high country
  • Skirt the rim of Crater Lake's world-famous caldera - one of Bicycling magazine's favorite rides
  • Experience unsurpassed beauty along the rave-worthy Cascade Lakes Highway
  • Soak up the scene and refuel at a craft brewery in outdoorsy Bend
  • Get your cowboy on along the wooden boardwalk of historic Sisters
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Premiere & Casual Inns

Crater Lake Lodge (2 nights): Perched on the crater's rim, this classic national park lodge transports you to a bygone era.

The Oxford Hotel (2 nights): A luxury boutique hotel ideally located amid the shops, galleries, cafés and brewpubs of lively downtown Bend.

Five Pine Lodge (1 night): Soak up the elegant Western-style ambience at this lodge, nestled in beautiful surroundings and featuring a brewpub, athletic club and even a movie house. (pool, spa)


Routes For All Abilities

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

Daily Route Options
Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 10 200 23* 2000 30* 3100
2 20 1900 34 3600 46 5100
3 25* 600 57* 2400
4 15 1200 15 1200 33 1800
5 37* 1300 72 2400
Optional Hiking 4.0 Miles
6 26* 1200 39 2400
 
note:

* Includes a shuttle


2015 Dates & Pricing*

CLASSIC TRIPS
  • 7/4-9 Price: $2798 pp dbl. occ., (+ $800 for sgl. occ.)
  • 7/11-16 Price: $2798 pp dbl. occ., (+ $800 for sgl. occ.)
  • 7/18-23 Price: $2798 pp dbl. occ., (+ $800 for sgl. occ.)
  • 7/25-30 Price: $2798 pp dbl. occ., (+ $800 for sgl. occ.)
  • 8/1-6 Price: $2798 pp dbl. occ., (+ $800 for sgl. occ.)
  • 8/8-13 Price: $2798 pp dbl. occ., (+ $800 for sgl. occ.)
  • 8/15-20 Price: $2898 pp dbl. occ., (+ $800 for sgl. occ.)
  • 8/22-27 Price: $2798 pp dbl. occ., (+ $800 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/5-10 Price: $2798 pp dbl. occ., (+ $800 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/12-17 Price: $2798 pp dbl. occ., (+ $800 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/19-24 Price: $2798 pp dbl. occ., (+ $800 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/26-10/1 Price: $2798 pp dbl. occ., (+ $800 for sgl. occ.)

*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.

Private Trips Options & Pricing

Pricing for Private Trips (prices may vary based on departure date)

2015

2 - 3 guests from $4,198 pp dbl. occ. 8 - 9 guests from $3,398 pp dbl. occ.
4 - 5 guests from $3,798 pp dbl. occ. 10 - 11 guests from $3,098 pp dbl. occ.
6 - 7 guests from $3,598 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $2,798 pp dbl. occ.


Guest Trip Reviews

Calling all high-energy cyclists who love to climb hills: this is your chance to experience incredible Crater Lake - "one of the 100 most beautiful places in the world," according to National Geographic - and three different national forests. Get off the bike and enjoy hiking options to a gorgeous high-alpine lake and at Smith Rock, a rock-climbing mecca. And ride McKenzie Pass! In just over 30 miles, you'll bike out of the high desert - into the heart of the Cascades - and through ancient lava flows, finally descending into a temperate rain forest.
Riley Pearce - Regional Manager, North America