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Old 04-12-15, 10:24 PM
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Crater Lake Loop. Then where?

Any good routes folks can suggest near Crater Lake?
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Google 'Strava Global Heatmap" and zoom in on the Crater Lake area. The brightest routes are the ones used most often by cyclists. I'm planning some up-coming overnighters using this resource.

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I started a long tour once by getting off Amtrak at Klamath Falls, looping around Crater Lake, then following the Umpqua River down to the Coast. Then I rode up to Florence then got on the BikeCentennial (now called TransAm) route across the country. Great way to start a season on the bike! That's probably not what you had in mind so follow the better advice above. I do remember nearby Diamond Lake was gorgeous, too.

A side note, the mosquitoes can be very large and aggressive in that area in mid-summer.
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Originally Posted by etherhuffer
Any good routes folks can suggest near Crater Lake?
How many days/miles are you interested in? Overnight or hub and spoke? Dirt or Paved?

The backside of Klamath Lake between Fort Klamath and Rocky Point is nice. Kimball Creek is a pretty spot near Fort Klamath.

Sprague River Road between Chiloquin and Sprague River and Silver Lake Road from Klamath Marsh to Silver Lake are alright too. Down on the California side, Tule Lake and the Lava Beds are interesting and there are many loop options. There's lots of migrating waterfowl in the spring months. There's some paved roads around the Lake of the Woods and Howard Prairie that get very little use. The highways across the Cascades are good, but I'd avoid riding on Hwy 97 as much as possible and also avoid Hwy 140 between K-Falls and Lake of the Woods.

Some of the roads are chip seal so a 28 width tire or wider is nice to have.

The Aufderheide and McKenzie Pass north of Crater Lake are very nice. Century Drive south of Bend is very scenic also.

My in-laws live in K-Falls so I know something of the area. Feel free to send me a PM if you want me share anything more about the roads in the K-Falls area. I've ridden a lot of the roads down there.


As Andrew mentioned, be prepared for mosquitoes while in the Cascades

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In '07 Cycle Oregon did a loop from/to Sisters that included a ride up to and around Crater Lake from camp at Diamond Lake, Cottage Grove (where the parade scene of "Animal House" was filmed), the Aufderhide Highway and McKenzie Pass west to east. I think I still have all the maps at home if you are interested.
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Originally Posted by mtnbud
How many days/miles are you interested in? Overnight or hub and spoke? Dirt or Paved?

The backside of Klamath Lake between Fort Klamath and Rocky Point is nice. Kimball Creek is a pretty spot near Fort Klamath.

Sprague River Road between Chiloquin and Sprague River and Silver Lake Road from Klamath Marsh to Silver Lake are alright too. Down on the California side, Tule Lake and the Lava Beds are interesting and there are many loop options. There's lots of migrating waterfowl in the spring months. There's some paved roads around the Lake of the Woods and Howard Prairie that get very little use. The highways across the Cascades are good, but I'd avoid riding on Hwy 97 as much as possible and also avoid Hwy 140 between K-Falls and Lake of the Woods.

Some of the roads are chip seal so a 28 width tire or wider is nice to have.

The Aufderheide and McKenzie Pass north of Crater Lake are very nice. Century Drive south of Bend is very scenic also.

My in-laws live in K-Falls so I know something of the area. Feel free to send me a PM if you want me share anything more about the roads in the K-Falls area. I've ridden a lot of the roads down there.


As Andrew mentioned, be prepared for mosquitoes while in the Cascades


Thanks everyone. We are thinking a fun day's ride unloaded, but not short. Maybe 50 miles max. We are staying at Crater Lake Lodge, then thought of heading up to do the Mackenzie. Would like to stay in Bend for a night or so too.
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Originally Posted by etherhuffer
Thanks everyone. We are thinking a fun day's ride unloaded, but not short. Maybe 50 miles max. We are staying at Crater Lake Lodge, then thought of heading up to do the Mackenzie. Would like to stay in Bend for a night or so too.
Why not simply ride around the Rim Road from the lodge, making sure to do the out and back to Cloud Cap Overlook? That'll put some hair on your chest. As far as I know, there aren't really any day rides on asphalt you can do from up there unless you want to ride a dozen or more miles down hill and then a dozen or more miles back up.

BTW...The CO I mentioned in my earlier post started in Sisters and went through Bend to La Pine the first day. The second day was from La Pine to Crater Lake. You could do that route in reverse. Send me a PM with an email address if you would like the maps. I can scan them and send them as PDFs. They are very nice. In color with profiles.

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Not sure what your plans entail - how much, how far, how to get back.
Highway 138 from Roseburg to Crater Lake is a great ride.

East of the Cascades, the roads have far less traffic, in general.
This does NOT apply to US 97 - - avoid except for short connectors.

I have always loved the Sprague River Road east from Chiloquin.
There's the OC&E Trail out of Klamath Falls - paved for about 10 miles - then packed.
Fremont N.F. has a lot of paved roads in the Gearhart Mountains.
Especially on weekdays, they have almost no traffic.
If you like remote and meditative - the latter is for you.
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Downwind, down Hill.

Where are you starting from? .. when on Amtrak Coast Starlight , The K Falls stop is Late at Night.

I used it Northbound. from Emeryville CAL (to Eugene its 24 hours, 1 afternoon to the Next..)

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