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 Oregon's Crater Lake & Cascades Walking & Hiking Tour

The High Desert to Crater Lake's Rim

From $3,199 pp dbl. occ. | 6 days / 5 nights

(+$760 for sgl. occ.)

Hiking along lush forested river trails. An overnight at the historic Crater Lake Lodge (some folks claim it has a resident ghost). "It's so blue!" Don't be surprised if you hear this uttered at least once. Because Crater Lake really is that blue and containing your excitement is no small task.

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Start Bend / End Crater Lake

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Highlights

  • Explore vibrant Bend, Oregon's lively and picturesque hub of outdoor adventure and craft brewing 
  • Walk along several sections of the mighty Deschutes River, each offering its own terrain and spectacular scenery
  • Hike amid the grandeur of the Cascade Mountains, including a section of the famed Pacific Crest Trail
  • Admire Crater Lake's breathtakingly clear sapphire waters from a variety of vantage points
Oregon

Start Bend / End Crater Lake

Crater Lake Walking Tour Map

Itinerary

Days 1-2 Arrive in Bend, Oregon's adventure capital | Hike along a series of waterfalls with crystal clear water to the grand finale of Tumalo Falls | Go for a hike at Smith Rock State Park, a high-desert wonderland of sheer cliffs, deep canyons, dramatic volcanic crags and vertical faces | Explore vibrant downtown Bend, packed with art galleries, cafés and microbreweries | Relax at our hotel's pool or spa. 

Days 3-4 Rustic elegance and world-class amenities abound at Sunriver, an outdoor-lover's paradise | Walk along the Deschutes River Trail, passing tall aspens and white alder trees while keeping an eye out for birds and wildlife | Hike a section of the Pacific Crest Trail to uncover alpine lakes hidden in the Cascades' dense conifer forest | Pause at Lower Rosary Lake—a perfect mirror for monolithic Pulpit Rock looming overhead.

Days 5-6 Catch your first glimpse of pristine Crater Lake's intense sapphire color and amazing clarity from Mt Scott | Gain a bird's-eye-view of this spectacular landscape from the summit | Hike down to Cleetwood Cove for an invigorating dip in the lake, if you dare! | Unwind at the lodge or continue to explore on foot. 

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.

2019 Private Trip Pricing
  • 10 or more guests: from $3,199 pp dbl occ
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  • 6 - 7 guests: from $4,699 pp dbl occ
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Prices

From $3,199 pp dbl. occ.
6 days / 5 nights

(+$760 for sgl. occ.)

Premiere Hotels*

Tetherow

Bend (2 nights)

Sunriver Resort, Oregon
Sunriver Resort

Sunriver (2 nights)

Crater Lake Lodge, Oregon
Crater Lake Lodge

Crater Lake National Park (1 night)

* Casual Hotel

Activity Level

This trip is rated Levels 2-4

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.

Tetherow

Bend (2 nights)

A modern resort on the outskirts of Bend with majestic views of the Cascades and a unique in-room musical instrument experience. (pool, spa)

Sunriver Resort, Oregon

Sunriver Resort

Sunriver (2 nights)

Situated in the pristine natural setting of the Cascade Range foothills, this top-notch resort is a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts and culinary aficionados. (pool, spa)

Crater Lake Lodge, Oregon

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.

This Trip Is Rated Levels 2-4

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 5 600 7 800 8 1200
2 4 1800 5 900 6 1200
Brewery Tour (1 Hour)
3 2 300 5 1400
3 300
4 6 600
5 4 1100 5 1200
6 2* 700
Scenic Boat Trip on Crater Lake (1.5 Hours)
 

Note: The terrain on this trip ranges from moderately rolling hills to steeper grades on the longer options. Routes vary from alpine forested paths to loose rocky trails. Crater Lake is at an elevation of 6,100 feet above sea level, which can make activity feel more challenging; on early-summer trips encountering snow on the trails is possible and can pose additional challenges.

* 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 may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies and other external factors.

Meals

All breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners

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 lodge 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 hiking. Although clean and comfortable, the guest rooms are basic and are not equipped with televisions or air-conditioning. 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

More Leaders to Support You

On our Crater Lake and the Cascades trips we have an extra leader supporting you along the trail—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.

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.

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.

Signature Backroads Picnics

Guests rave about our picnic spreads. Enjoy a welcome break in a scenic spot, or a quick refuel stop if you don't want to lose momentum. And because we have two vans, one can host lunch while the other is out providing support along the route.

Only the Best Hotels

On this trip featuring Premiere Hotels, you can count on the best lodgings Crater Lake and the Cascades has to offer. In fact, the hotels we've chosen in this region have higher retail room rates than those offered by any other active travel company—even when their trips cost more.

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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 lodge 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 hiking. Although clean and comfortable, the guest rooms are basic and are not equipped with televisions or air-conditioning. 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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