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Crater Lake & Oregon Cascades Bike Tour

Clear Blue Lakes & Dramatic Volcanic Peaks

From $2,998 - $3,098 pp dbl. occ. | 6 days / 5 nights

(+$810 for sgl. occ.)

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.

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Oregon

Start/End Bend

Oregon Crater Lake Map

Highlights

  • Embark on challenging routes amid magnificent scenery in verdant Central Oregon's high country
  • Explore Bend, a former mill town turned adventure playground with more breweries per capita than anywhere in Oregon
  • Skirt the rim of Crater Lake's world-famous caldera—one of Bicycling magazine's favorite rides—for breathtaking views
  • Bike historic McKenzie Pass, one of the most spectacular rides in all of the Pacific Northwest
Oregon

Start/End Bend

Oregon Crater Lake Map

Itinerary

Day 1 Pedal 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, admire 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 2-3 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 | Pedal through the heart of central Oregon, where glistening alpine lakes share the expansive high desert landscape with forests of pine, fir and hemlock | Cruise into Bend on your bicycle and celebrate at 1 of 26 breweries.

Days 4-6 Cycle to the bustling 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 McKenzie Pass, one of Oregon's most beautiful road biking routes, past ancient lava flows and into a lush valley.

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy.

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Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities. You can pick from the selection of dates below for your group; some dates are only available for 16 or more guests while other dates are available for 8 or more guests. If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you. Call or email us to reserve your date.

2018 Private Trip Pricing
  • 10 or more guests: from $2,998 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $3,498 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $4,298 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $4,498 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $5,198 pp dbl occ

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Prices

From $2,998 - $3,098 pp dbl. occ.
6 days / 5 nights

(+$810 for sgl. occ.)

Premiere Hotels*

Crater Lake Lodge
Crater Lake Lodge

Crater Lake National Park (1 night)

Oxford Hotel
Oxford Hotel

Bend (2 nights)

Five Pine Lodge
FivePine Lodge

Sisters (2 nights)

Activity Level

This trip is rated Levels 2-5

What's Included

Services and equipment are included.

Why Backroads

Why Travel with Backroads in Crater Lake and the Cascades

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Premiere Hotels*

Accommodations may vary based on departure date. Any difference from what is listed below can be found by clicking on your desired date on the View Scheduled Dates or Private Dates tabs.

Crater Lake Lodge

Crater Lake Lodge

Crater Lake National Park (1 night)
* Casual Hotel

Perched on the crater's rim, this classic national park lodge transports you to a bygone era.

Oxford Hotel

Oxford Hotel

Bend (2 nights)

A luxury boutique hotel ideally located amid the shops, galleries, cafés and brewpubs of vibrant downtown Bend.

Five Pine Lodge

FivePine Lodge

Sisters (2 nights)

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)

This Trip Is Rated Levels 2-5

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 (drag to see full )

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 13* 2500 23* 3400 29 4000
2 25* 1000 58 2800
3 11 800 38 1900
Afternoon On-Your-Own Activities Offered
4 21* 800 41 1300 68 2000
5 26* 600 40 2400
6 34 1000
 

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* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our activity level and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources (such as Map My Ride and Garmin devices) may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies. Readings from a Garmin or a smart phone are influenced by other factors such as air pressure.

Meals

All breakfasts, 5 dinners, 4 lunches

Available Bike Options

The key to a stellar day’s ride is a bike that’s perfectly in tune with your cycling style… Backroads has you covered with the best bike fleet in the world! Read on for your available bike options for this trip or view our full bike fleet in further detail.

Backroads Titanium Bikes (Included in your trip price)

Our custom-built titanium bikes are specially designed for you—and we offer different models for varied terrain so your bike is ideally suited to the region. Our custom-made bikes are included in your trip price.

Touring Bike (Included)

Road Bike (Included)

For trips departing before 4/15/18, please see available bike options here.

Backroads Custom Electric-Assist Bike (Included in your trip price)

Wishing for a little extra assistance up those hills? Our custom Backroads Electric-Assist Bike lets you experience the thrill of exploring on two wheels while providing a boost when you want it. We've modified a selection of our great Titanium Bikes with the intuitive BionX "pedal-assist" system.

Backroads Custom Electric-Assist Bike (Included)

Specialized S-Works Roubaix & Ruby ($400 rental fee)

Ride like a pro with the new top-of-the-line S-Works bike featuring ultrasmooth Shimano Di2 electronic shifting. Faster and smoother than any other bike out there, this race-ready carbon machine delivers phenomenal acceleration and handling in an ultralight, ultrapowerful package—perfect for experienced riders. The Specialized S-Works Ruby is a light, agile speed machine precisely designed for women. You can upgrade to a Specialized S-Works Roubaix or Ruby on your trip.

Specialized S-Works Roubaix (Upgrade)

Specialized S-Works Ruby (Upgrade)

Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem ($400 rental fee)

Do you prefer to spin in tandem with your partner? You'll love the Co-Motion Periscope Torpedo tandem on your Backroads trip. You can upgrade to a Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem on your trip.

Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem (Upgrade)

Also Included

  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Get the Straight Talk about This Trip

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Accommodations

Crater Lake Lodge is a historic national park property that offers simpler accommodations than typical Backroads lodging. It has been selected for its stunning location on the rim of Crater Lake, and its access to world-class riding. Although clean and comfortable, the guest rooms are basic and are not equipped with televisions or air-conditioning (nights are usually cool due to the high elevation). Generally speaking, service can seem slow and casual in national parks when compared with the high standards of hospitality found on other Backroads trips.

Why Travel with Backroads in Crater Lake and the Cascades

A Better Way to Go around Bend

After many years of riding amidst magnificent scenery in the high country of central Oregon, we've redesigned our classic route around Crater Lake – a volcanic caldera hailed as one of the world's great biking destinations – so you now begin and end your journey in the colorful town of Bend. Whether you opt to float through town on the Deschutes River or unwind at a local craft brewery, it's a great home base for dining, shopping and relaxing between amazing rides.

A Second Van When You Need It

Backroads is the only active travel company providing two support vans in Crater Lake and the Cascades—because we know it's essential to ensure a truly great travel experience. It doubles our ability to be there when you need us to offer hydration, lighten your load or give you a lift if it's time to take a break. Read more on why two vans make all the difference.

Great Bikes Included (or Upgrade)

Choose a Backroads Custom Titanium or Custom Electric Assist bike—included in your trip price. Maybe a Specialized carbon-fiber pro model is more your speed or go for double fun on a tandem. Our fleet is the best in active travel, so you don't have to roll the dice on this vital trip component. Learn more about our bike fleet.

Navigate Your Way in Crater Lake and the Cascades

Your ride comes equipped with a Garmin Edge Explore 1000, the best bike-touring GPS device on the market. This is a Backroads exclusive, and it's included with your bike in Crater Lake and the Cascades. If you prefer to bring your own device, we also have downloadable GPS files and of course, our good old paper directions are always available. Read more on why our navigation options are the best.

The Best Leaders in Crater Lake and the Cascades

Backroads has the best-qualified people to lead your trip in Crater Lake and the Cascades, and our guests back that up, rating our Trip Leaders an average of 9.75 out of 10 for all-around quality of performance. Get the facts (and no fluff) on how we recruit and develop the very best people for your trip.

Your Trip Will Run. Period.

Under our Book with Confidence policy, your Backroads trip will run even for one or two people (or a family of three or four), subject to a nominal extra fee. Or transfer to another trip, and we'll give you a credit. It's all part of our trademark commitment to treating guests with integrity, transparency and total accountability. Read all the details.

A Variety of Routes Each Day

In Crater Lake and the Cascades you head off each morning after choosing among several expertly designed routes—all with detailed directions, mileage and shuttle options. Unlike trips with one fixed daily route (or worse, one guide that everyone's obliged to follow), you're free to enjoy the best of the region at your pace, stopping wherever you want to explore further.

More Leaders to Support You

On our Crater Lake and the Cascades trips we have an extra leader supporting you along the road—for a total of three, compared to the industry standard two. So we can be in more places at once, giving personal attention to guests traveling at their own pace. Here's more on our Trip Leaders.

Everyone at Their Own Pace

We design and support our Crater Lake and the Cascades trips to suit mixed abilities and varied interests—so you can set your own pace, then change things up as the day unfolds. And all guests are free to do the same, traveling together or apart, with no one cramping anyone else's style. Which sounds easy in theory, but it's hard to pull off. Here's more on how we do it.

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Straight Talk

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Accommodations

Crater Lake Lodge is a historic national park property that offers simpler accommodations than typical Backroads lodging. It has been selected for its stunning location on the rim of Crater Lake, and its access to world-class riding. Although clean and comfortable, the guest rooms are basic and are not equipped with televisions or air-conditioning (nights are usually cool due to the high elevation). Generally speaking, service can seem slow and casual in national parks when compared with the high standards of hospitality found on other Backroads trips.

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