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New! Crater Lake Walking & Hiking Tour

Amid Central Oregon's Cascades

  • Play in a national park that many wish to see, but relatively few do
  • Hike amid the grandeur of the Cascade Mountain Range
  • Admire Crater Lake's breathtaking sapphire waters from our lodge
  • Explore Smith Rock - an area of geological wonder
  • Explore Bend, a hub of outdoor adventure and craft brewing 

Long walks through Oregon's famed forests and trails. A boat cruise on clear blue Crater Lake, its depth seemingly bottomless. Strolling along a winding river. A leisurely stretch of afternoon spent swimming or curled up with a good book. Volcanic cave explorations. Sunsets that feel endless. Memories that last forever.

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Itinerary

Days 1-2 Get ready for stunning Crater Lake, the country's deepest lake—uniquely beautiful and seemingly undiscovered  Catch your first glimpse of Crater Lake's intense sapphire color and amazing clarity from Watchman Peak  Gain a new perspective on the landscape from Wizard Island, an ancient cinder cone rising 750 feet above the surface of the lake  Set out to summit Garfield Peak from the doorstep of Crater Lake Lodge, a historic inn with an unbeatable location  Unwind at the lodge or continue to explore the spectacular landscape on foot. 

Days 3-4 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  Rustic elegance and world-class amenities abound at Sunriver, an outdoors-lover's paradise  Explore the deep recesses of a volcanic cave, tell-tale evidence of the area's fascinating fiery origins  Meander along a peaceful trail, passing tall aspens and white alder trees while keeping an eye out for birds and wildlife.   

Days 5-6 Explore vibrant downtown Bend, packed with art galleries, cafés and microbreweries  Go for a hike at Smith Rock, a high-desert wonderland of sheer cliffs, deep canyons, dramatic volcanic crags and vertical faces that have long been a mecca for adrenaline-seeking climbers worldwide  Arrive in Bend, Oregon's outdoor adventure capital  Want to shift gears? Relax at a spa or enjoy an easygoing stroll through Drake Park  A morning amble or some time spent exploring downtown Bend  might be the perfect way to cap off your journey. 

We're excited to offer this new walking & hiking trip showcasing some of Oregon's most spectacular scenery. At the heart of this adventure is extraordinary Crater Lake National Park, home to North America's deepest lake and the purest large body of water in the world. Standing at the edge of the caldera and catching your first glimpse of the lake is truly a magical experience! Other trip highlights include a stay at the historic Crater Lake Lodge, hikes on the famed Pacific Crest Trail and along the pristine Deschutes River, and a visit to the vibrant high-desert town of Bend, an outdoor lover's paradise.
Melissa Schmidt- Regional Coordinator - North America

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. Read the Straight Talk

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 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.
$2,998 - $3,298
pp dbl. occ.
(+$760 to $770 for sgl. occ.)

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Premiere & Casual Inns*

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Crater Lake Lodge

Crater Lake Lodge

* Casual Inn
Crater Lake National Park (2 nights)

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

Sunriver Resort

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)

Oxford Hotel

Oxford Hotel

Bend (1 night)

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

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We're excited to offer this new walking & hiking trip showcasing some of Oregon's most spectacular scenery. At the heart of this adventure is extraordinary Crater Lake National Park, home to North America's deepest lake and the purest large body of water in the world. Standing at the edge of the caldera and catching your first glimpse of the lake is truly a magical experience! Other trip highlights include a stay at the historic Crater Lake Lodge, hikes on the famed Pacific Crest Trail and along the pristine Deschutes River, and a visit to the vibrant high-desert town of Bend, an outdoor lover's paradise.

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Dates & Prices

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.

Please click on a date below for specific pricing and possible itinerary variations.

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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.

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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 4* 600 5 700
2 2 1000 4 1400 6 2400
Wizard Island Excursion (5 Hours)
3 6 600 8 800 10 1000
4 2 100 5* 300
Volcanic Cave Exploration (2 Hours)
5 4* 800 8 1200
Optional Afternoon Activities in Bend
6 4* 100
 

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. High altitude encountered in Crater Lake. On early-summer trips encountering snow on the hiking trails is possible, which can pose additional challenges.

* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our route ratings 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.

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.

Your Hotels Are Locked In

It may seem obvious to say the great hotels we tell you about are the ones you'll actually stay in. But the fact is many companies haven't even booked the places they promise and are later forced to settle for inferior alternatives. We book our hotels and exact rooms long in advance—often over two years—so you stay where you expect to stay.

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Private Trips Options & Pricing

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.

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Pricing for Private Trips

2017

  • 10 or more guests: from $2,998 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $3,398 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $3,898 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $4,198 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $4,598 pp dbl occ

2018

  • 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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