Touring - Redwood NP to Crater Lake NP
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08-30-06, 06:53 PM
I'm doing a tour in Sept of 1/2 the Oregon Coast down to Redwood NP then over to Crater Lake and up to Eugene. I was hoping to get some "backroad" suggestions or routes from folks that have done this before, particularly form the Redwoods to Crater Lake and then from Crater Lake to Eugene.
I'll probably stick to 101 on the coast.
I'll be leaving Sept 13th and hope to wrap up by Oct. 2nd.
Would also love to hear some suggestions or hidden sights that are a must see!
From Crater Lake to Eugene, I would come out of Crater Lake from the north entrance, turn left and follow highway 136 to Glide. Just west of glide there is a road to the right, it follows the river to Wilbur. Turn right on the frontage road along Interstate 5 to Sutherlin then Oakland. From Oakland you take a county road north along Bachelor Creek to Rice Hill and Yoncalla, then to Drain. At Drain turn right on highway 99 to Curtin, then left on Territorial Highway to Lorane. From Lorane follow Territorial 6 miles, then right on Lorane Highway, 16 mile and you're sitting in Eugene.
There is a shorter route, but has one really long climb of 2500 ft over 14 miles, it comes off highway 136 at Steamboat. Turn right at Steamboat following Canton Cr. over a high pass, to the town (kind of ) of Culp Creek (this climb is for real, don't do it if you don't have a triple). From Culp creek there is a rails to trails paved path 18 miles to Cottage Grove. From Cottage Grove take highway 99 to Eugene. This is a beautiful route, there are NO services of any kind between Steamboat and Culp Creek, make sure you have water before leaving Steamboat. Also, the cafe in Steamboat makes excellent berry pie, FYI.
08-31-06, 12:45 PM
If you approach CLNP from the west via Route 62, don't miss the legendary Becky's restaurant in Union Creek (at junction of Rte 230). It known far and wide for its pies and generally good food. There's a great view of the Rogue River within 100 yards of it. I believe there are still cabins on the adjacent premises, and a general store across the street.
09-01-06, 02:04 PM
Great suggestions...thank you both. Meanderthal...how did you know I had a sweet spot for pie!
I just ordered some forest service maps for Lane County which will also help.
What you are looking for is the Umpqua National Forest. The Steamboat to Culp Creek route goes up Canton Creek from Steamboat and down Sharps Creek into Culp Creek. Here is a link to info on the rails to trails paved path to Cottage Grove. http://www.americantrails.org/nationalrecreationtrails/blm/rowriver-or.html
This is a stunning ride, and as nice as the ride between Steamboat and Culp Creek is, the ride along this rails to trails is spectacular.
The ride between Cottage Grove and Eugene is 16 miles, a better alternative to highway 99 is to take Sears road to Creswell, then 99 into Eugene.
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