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Crater Lake Bike Tour

Summary

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Cruise beside sparkling rivers and snow-crowned peaks. Bicycle the Aufderheide Scenic Byway, which Adventure Cycling magazine calls "...a mecca for road riders looking for ultra-smooth pavement, low traffic and scenic beauty." Sample the craft brews and explore the outdoor-lover's paradise of Bend. Hike Central Oregon’s surreal high desert. Spend two days in stunning Crater Lake National Park, and ride around the volcanic rim of the deepest lake in the United States. It all adds up to one phenomenal week. 

Recreational, Road bike
6 days
371 km / 231 mi
$ 3,398.-
  • Crater Lake NP
  • Aufderheide Scenic Byway.
  • E-bike rent possible.
  • A negative Covid test will be required within 72 hours of departure for all non-fully vaccinated guests. or Proof of a completed Covid vaccination course can be used in lieu of a Covid test. A "completed Covid vaccination course" means that the guest has had 1 or 2 shots (depending on vaccine brand) and has completed the 2-week waiting period post final shot. Deposit for this tour is 25%

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Details

Type
Recreational, Road bike
Duration
6 days
Level
Easy = untrained, normal physical condition
Moderate = regular cyclist, good condition
Challenging = experienced, well trained
Moderate
Support
Guided = with cycling guide(s) - support van
Self Guided = individual - directions+maps
Guided
Daily distance
60-80 km / 37-50 mi
Total distance
371 km / 231 mi
Lodging
Deluxe = 4-5 star hotel or excellent B&B
Basic = 1-2 star hotel/motel or B&B
Camping = tent, sports hall or campus
Deluxe, full board
Luggage transport
Daily luggage transfers
Bicycle
Included
Dates
01 Aug 2021 - 06 Aug 2021
08 Aug 2021 - 13 Aug 2021
15 Aug 2021 - 20 Aug 2021
22 Aug 2021 - 27 Aug 2021
29 Aug 2021 - 03 Sep 2021
05 Sep 2021 - 10 Sep 2021
10 Jul 2022 - 15 Jul 2022
17 Jul 2022 - 22 Jul 2022
24 Jul 2022 - 29 Jul 2022
31 Jul 2022 - 05 Jul 2022
2021 Start dates Aug:1, 8, 15,22 are confirmed to run Aug. 29 and Sept 5 are sold out
More 2022 start dates: Aug. 7, 14,21, Sept. 4.
2022 tour price: $3498.- pp
Start
Eugene
Finish
Eugene
Airport at start
Eugene airport
Airport at finish
Eugene airport

Prices

Price per person
The tour price per person
$ 3,398.-
high-end carbon fiber bike
Orbea Avant M20D high-end carbon fiber bike with compact Ultegra gearing
Please note: All options not available in all locations. Please give at least 60 days advance notice. 
$ 300.-
Optional
E-Bike
Electric bike: zoom up those hills.
We request at least 60 days advance notice for one of these below. Please note that e-bikes are not available in all locations.
$ 200.-
Optional
Tandem road bike
Please note: All options not available in all locations. Please give at least 60 days advance notice. 
$ 500.-
Optional
E-bike High end
Orbea Avant M20D high-end carbon fiber bike with compact Ultegra gearing.
$ 300.-
Optional
Single supplement
If you travel alone a single supplement is charged. With some group tours you can avoid a single supplement by sharing a room with another rider.
$ 917.-

Itinerary

Included / Not Included – lodging


Day 1; Bike one of the ‘Top 10 Roads in the West’ - the stunning Aufderheide Scenic Byway.

Meet us in Eugene, Oregon. Ride the beautiful Aufderheide Scenic Byway beside the McKenzie, a Wild and Scenic River that weaves through the dense old-growth of the Willamette National Forest. A world-class road bike ride, the Adventure Cycling Association calls it "...one of the top 10 roads in the West, a mecca for road riders looking for ultra-smooth pavement, low traffic and scenic beauty.”  Spend tonight at McKenzie Riverside Cottages, a favorite haunt of President Herbert Hoover.
Meals: L D  Distance 60 miles Elevation +3659 ft / -3528 ft

Day 2: Climb from old-growth fir forests to the alpine woods and lava fields of McKenzie Pass Scenic Bikeway. Enjoy the outdoor mecca town of Bend for the next 2 nights.

Cross the Cascade Range via McKenzie Pass Scenic Bikeway, a 3,700-foot climb spanning 22 miles. “The grades are pretty steady but not real hard,” says Chris Horner, professional cyclist from Bend, Oregon, describing his favorite local ride for Bicycling magazine. “It’s beautiful up at the top of McKenzie Pass — a snowcapped mountain view on one side and a lava field on the other.”
Lunch at the summit among 2,000-year-old jumbled lava flows. Ride a long sweeping descent through the lodgepole pines of Willamette National Forest into the Old West town of Sisters. Then it's on to your two-night stay at McMenamins Old St. Francis School in Bend, Oregon. Enjoy the soaking pool at McMenamins - and have fun exploring the town's craft brewpubs.
Meals B L D distance 48 miles Elevation +4608 ft / -2621 ft

Day 3: Visit Smith Rock in the morning. Ride and explore Bend, Oregon’s adventure capital in the afternoon.

After a visit to the world-famous rock-climbing mecca at Smith Rock State Park in the morning, you have the afternoon to enjoy the Bend area on your own. The hard part will be deciding what to choose! Bend offers a plethora of choices: world-class fly fishing on rivers like the Deschutes and Metolius, stellar hiking and mountain biking, river rafting – and of course, brewpubs, shops, and art galleries. Prefer to pedal? We’ll show you some great road cycling options in the area.
Meals B

Day 4: Ride Dutchman Flat and Crane Prairie, then ride into Crater Lake National Park.

Ride the Cascade Lakes Highway today. This gorgeous National Scenic Byway in the Deschutes National Forest wraps the foothills of Mt. Bachelor, curving from Dutchman Flat to lunch at Crane Prairie Reservoir. This breeding ground for osprey is also home to record-breaking rainbow trout. This afternoon, ride into Crater Lake National Park - an unforgettable cruise across a high meadow strewn with volcanic pumice from the blast of Mt. Mazama 8,000 years ago. Crest the rim for your first sight of stunning Crater Lake 1,500 feet below. As one of Oregon's seven wonders, it's nothing short of breathtaking! Spend the next two nights at Crater Lake Lodge, the lovingly restored National Park Lodge perched on the west rim. The views are fantastic.
Meals B L D Distance 40 miles Elevation +1718 ft / -2348 ft

Day 5 Ride Crater Lake’s spectacular rim – a glorious 33-mile route that tops Bicycling Magazine’s ‘Dream Rides’ list.

Crater Lake’s 33-mile bicycle ride is considered by Bicycling magazine to be one of the most spectacular one-day rides in the country. PureWow's travel page calls it one of the '11 Most Zen Places on the Planet.' On one side, a rocky cliff leads down to the deepest lake in the United States; on the other, thrill to a 100-mile panoramic view from 7,000 feet of elevation: the Cascade Mountains, Eastern Oregon's high desert, Cinnamon Butte, The Sisters. We guarantee this will be one of the top 5 bicycle rides of your life.
Meals B L D Distance 35 miles Elevation + 4165 ft / -4163 ft 

Day 6 Ride through forested wilderness along the Clearwater River. Then it's back to Eugene for your return trip home.

Cycle north beside Crater Lake one last time and descend into the Umpqua National Forest. Pedal amidst evergreens following the Clearwater River. Enjoy lunch and a short hike to Watson Falls - at 272 feet, it's Oregon's third highest - before hopping in the van for the ride back to Eugene.
Meals B L Distance 46 miles Elevation +1410 ft / -5762 ft

* This is a general itinerary. Tour itineraries are subject to change based on the group, available accommodations and other unforeseen circumstances such as the weather, local conditions, government intervention, that may affect the quality of the trip and/or safety of the participants. Please view this itinerary as an outline as to what to expect on this tour.

Included:

Hotels
Crater Lake National Park fee
All meals included except one lunch and one dinner.
Luggage transfer and regional expertise.
Road / hybrid bike

Not included:

Night before and after the tour
Airline tickets
Gratuities guides

lodging

McKenzie Riverside Cottage,
McMenamins Old St Francis School,
Crater Lake Lodge
The hotels, Inns, and B&Bs we use are always among the finest the area has to offer. Our smaller group sizes(max. 13) allow us to stay at some award-winning places that can’t handle groups of 25 or more. We work closely with the innkeepers to make sure they understand your needs and ours, whether that is having a place to store your bike, an early morning breakfast or a convenient place to park the van, they are as committed to your vacation experience as we are.
Lodging is based upon two people to a room with a private bath. If you’re traveling solo on any of our trips, we’ll assign you a roommate of the same gender and often of the same age bracket. There is no extra charge if we can’t find you a roommate, even if you sign up the day before the trip starts. You can guarantee yourself a private room and bath if you pay the Single Room Fee. Occasionally a room with two beds consists of one bed plus a rollaway bed or sofa bed.

Map & Routes

Map
Satellite

Bicycle

A road or Hybrid bike is included in the price,
E-bikes
are available for an extra fee.

Giant Defy ADV 3

Choose the longer route. Climb higher mountains. This all-new endurance road bike is purpose-built to help you tackle long-distance road rides in all types of conditions. It’s smooth, it’s efficient, and it’s fast.
Ride farther and faster with an all-new composite frameset that’s engineered with endurance geometry and built-in compliance. Handcrafted with Advanced-grade composite material, it’s engineered with tube shapes that are optimized to absorb road shocks and vibrations. And the frame is still stiff in all the ways that matter—for pedaling efficiency as well as steering and cornering precision. It’s made with a specific carbon layup to give it just the right feel. And for added control, it features integrated disc brakes with flat mounts and 12mm thru-axles. The D-Fuse Seatpost and handlebar system also help reduce road vibrations, adding to its smooth, compliant feel on the road.
Components: Giant Conduct disc brakes, Shimano Tiagra groupset, 50/34 cranks, 11 x 34 cassette, Giant S-R2 tubeless wheelset 700x28c

Fastroad SL 1

So smooth, so efficient, it feels like flying. This lightweight flyer combines the sporty feel of a road bike with the added confidence and control of a flat handlebar.
The perfect balance of road bike speed and city bike versatility. Built on a lightweight ALUXX SL aluminum frameset, this new flat-bar road bike puts the rider in a comfortable position that’s smooth and efficient. The fast-rolling 700c wheels and vibration-absorbing composite D-Fuse Seatpost help smooth out rough roads. The fast-rolling 700c wheels can accommodate large tires up to 32c, perfect for tackling rough roads with confidence and control, while integrated ergo bar ends keep your hands comfortable on longer adventures. Powerful disc brakes give you added control in all types of weather, and easy-to-use rack mounts make FastRoad SL a smart choice for commuting, fitness riding, and weekend adventures.
Components: Advanced-Grade composite fork, TRP Flat mount disc brakes, Shimano Tiagra 2×10 with 11×34 cassette, Giant S-R2 tubeless, wheelset 700x28c
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