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Our High Lakes Multi-Sport Adventure is simply unmatched in its smartly nuanced dimensions and dynamic layers, interpreting and experiencing the best wilderness stretched across Oregon’s bejeweled interior.
Atop Crater Lake, it’s a stretch of one’s vocabulary, for a synonym to properly describe the otherworldy blue water beneath our cycling route. From the base of Mount Bachelor, we behold a bold, rakish persona, if not a discernible insularity about his prominence. Beyond Bachelor, “the little volcano with a big view”, we sweep past snow-fed lakes on a sinewy circuit of roads where astronauts trained a generation ago, preparing for Apollo missions.
Bachelor and the adjacent Deschutes National Forest wield a fantastic array of outstanding, yet little used backcountry roads. Crossing three Oregon counties, the wilderness on the Cascades’ east flank shelters waterfalls and big evergreens.
In the cool high country air, an outdoorsperson can’t help but find all manner of major contentment. From the churning edge of the Deschutes River, our narrative unfolds in multiple chapters: from cycling to rafting the rapids to rock climbing.
At Smith Rock, one of Oregon’s Seven Wonders, we experience a rock-climbing mecca nonpareil: a mix and match of soaring spires and sheer tufts of basalt. Adding to our hands-on interpretation of this landscape, Smith Rock ultimately reveals a flare for drama, projecting lengthy silhouettes, from its spikes and pinnacles onto an already truly breathtaking sunset.
“5/5…I would rate them higher if I could. Simply excellent. Year after year Nikki never disappoints. She knows what our group likes. Both guides were incredibly professional and busted their butts 24 hours a day to ensure our group had a great time…. Can’t say enough good things about them. Honestly haven’t laughed that hard in a long time as I did on this trip.” – Karina, Oregon’s High Lakes Adventure
Day 1-2: Meet in Eugene, shuttle to Butte Falls, “biggest little town in Oregon” (pop. 423; 40-miles northeast of Medford), gateway to a number of prime outdoor recreation destinations. Foremost among them: Crater Lake. Today’s opening ride follows the Rim Ride, what is hailed as one of the top rides in the US. We’ll hug the rim of the caldera for 35-miles, shadowing the course of the annual Crater Lake century ride, all peaks and Cascade range valleys: sprints to summits, to hilly and fun roads. Approaching the western end of Crater Lake Drive, our work’s rewarded with spectacular views of the deep, crystal clear water. Reaching a depth of 1943-ft. Crater, despite having no tributaries or inlets ranks as the ninth deepest lake in the world. Anomaly to phenomena, we might glimpse “the old man of the lake”. Since 1896, a 30-ft. tall bleached and decayed hemlock stump, evoking a ravaged tiki man, occasionally bobs up. Finish the loop and close out to superb Hors d’oeuvres and the incredibly tranquil porch of Crater Lake Lodge. Developed by William Gladstone Steel in 1915, who championed Crater Lake as a national park, the lodge was rebuilt in 1995. The next day, with Crater Lake behind us, we shuttle north for an hour and a half to the Cascade Lakes Highway. Tracing the eastern slopes of the Cascades range, the route winds through and around no less than 14 lakes. The reflections—of Three Sisters, Broken Top and Mt. Bachelor—we glimpse on the lakes’ respective surfaces provided the powerful, cinematic backdrops for both “Homeward Bound” and John Wayne’s “Rooster Cogburn”. This high mountain byway, traveled by Kit Carson, John C. Fremont and Nathaniel Wyeth, lends views into the Cascades that extend hundreds of miles. At the stage’s midway point, we enjoy lunch at Elk Lake Resort, a rustic-historic lodge 25-miles southwest of Bend. After lunch, the stage ascends over the shoulder of Mt. Bachelor, then descends 3,000-ft., dropping into Bend (pop. 76,693), called “the perfect small city”. Tonight we’ll toast with a dazzling array of brews and locally inspired dishes to an epic day in the saddle. Off the bike, we’ll devote quality time to all that Bend has to offer: be it SUP/stand-up paddleboard, kayak on the Deschutes River, taking in local galleries, or a strolling sweet riverside paths. Base in Bend two nights.
Day 3-4: Today we raft the Deschutes River, a major tributary of the Columbia River. A blue ribbon native trout and Steelhead fishery, we’ll devote a half-day to our wet and wonderful experience. The very lifeblood of Central Oregon, the Deschutes barrels through downtown Bend at what’s known as the Old Mill district Whitewater Park. After lunch, swapping flip-flops for Vibram soles, we hike Shevlin Park, one of Bend’s best local trailheads. After a breezy, five-mile trek, we’ll closeout with a kickback stroll around downtown Bend. Day four, sweeping through to Sister via Smith Rock, our peloton ranges deeper into the High Desert before a lunch stop at the 650-acre Smith Rock State Park. One of the Seven Wonders of Oregon, Smith Rock is defined by sheer basalt and welded tuff rock faces. A la spires soaring above a medieval cathedral, these blunt rock faces, which resolve into deep canyons, lend rather dramatic framing to the Crooked River. Besides its status as the very birthplace of modern rock-climbing, the canyonlands around Smith Rock open onto a varied network of trails: from super mellow to get-worked/strenuous. Your options here are equally diverse as dynamic: schedule a climbing lesson to shade the afternoon; or hike to any number of optimum viewing sites, following the approach and ascent of climbers’ on one of the park’s world-famous routes. Alternatively, you can saddle up; a glorious 30-mile route sweeps over discreet country roads into the big pine forest around Sisters. If decompression, or giving back is your desire, we got that dialed. One of only three four diamond spas in Oregon, Shibui at Five Pine Lodge (25-minutes from Bend) is nothing less than an oasis for the body, a luxe health/wellness center set within a modern grand lodge. This evening wraps in style and quiet culinary flourish: a group dinner at the intimate Open Door in downtown Sisters.
Day 5-6: Day Five is chalked up to rock climbing at Smith Rock State Park, guided astutely by a group of professional climbing instructors. After instruction, ride back or shuttle back to Sisters. Day six, viewed as something of a gateway—or divide—between the dry and wet sides of the Cascades, the day’s ride connects Sisters to McKenzie Bridge via McKenzie Pass. Spanning 42-miles, this popular Pacific Northwest road ride happens to commence only feet from your lodging. Extremely unique and scenic, the ride includes a 16-mile climb, with a moderate grade, peaking out with superb views of the broad lava flows and regal succession of Cascade peaks, including Mt. Hood. Our route also crosses the McKenzie River via the 80-year old Goodpasture Covered Bridge: 165-ft long, its louvers and arched windows a vestige or hallmark of a more gracious era. But the true highlight of this stage looms off the bike. At the historic Dee Wright Observatory, we encounter a wildly imaginative viewing station built atop a vast lava flow. Constructed by the CCC eighty-four years ago, in harmony with its environs, this fortress of lava stone offers a span of very specific viewpoints onto each adjacent peak. What better way to both parse and celebrate one’s conquest of the Cascades. Staging from here, we sweep 22-miles, near all downhill. From a pass through a dense forest canopy, the stage climaxes alongside the equally gorgeous and rambunctious McKenzie River. Following lunch, it’s a shuttle back to Eugene.
*ebike available for this tour. Some restrictions apply.
Crater Lake Lodge welcomes you with the warmth and hospitality of a bygone era. The summer lodge overlooks the lake at Rim Village, offering majestic views of the lake’s pristine blue waters and sheer cliff walls. After a day of hiking, swimming, fishing, or touring the lake, enjoy an unforgettable meal at the Crater Lake Lodge Dining Room before you unwind in your cozy guest room.
FivePine Lodge is a unique and one-of-a-kind Central Oregon destination. With the personal touch of a bed and breakfast, the privacy of romantic, cozy cabins and all the amenities of a resort, FivePine is the ultimate romantic getaway. Modeled after a historic forestry station, our grand lodge is a blend of modern and rustic architecture. Featuring a 30-foot rock fireplace, the main lodge offers a relaxing lounge perfect for our wine hour, and 8 spacious suites.
Enjoy luxury amenities and superior service during your stay at the OXFORD hotel Bend. Spacious suites are equipped with full-service kitchens, high-speed WiFi, plush bathrobes, and comfortable beds, among many other upscale offerings. Urban, organic décor showcases dedication to green, sustainable design and hospitality. Plus, the rooms are pet friendly. The hotel is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Bend. As a result, you’ll enjoy convenient access to restaurants, bars, and shopping.
While every Escape Adventure trip is designed to appeal to active adventure seekers, and in many cases, particular skill levels, there is always a different idea of what that exactly means. That is why we have designed the chart below to help make sure you join the proper tour. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next—and your traveling companions’ may differ as well. We present a range of mileage options on each tour as well as provide support vehicles as much as possible. That way you can take a break and do as little or as much as you would like each day.
|Miles||Feet Gain||Miles||Feet Gain||Miles||Feet Gain|
|Day 1||Road Biking||Easy: 14 Miles||1689 Ft. Gain||Moderate: 25 Miles||3210 Ft. Gain||Seasoned: 35 Miles||4756 Ft. Gain|
|Day 2||Road Biking||Easy: 32 Miles||1874 Ft. Gain||Moderate: 52 Miles||2604 Ft. Gain||Seasoned: 80 Miles||3855 Ft. Gain|
|Day 3||Rafting Deschutes River||Easy: 2 Hours Miles||Ft. Gain|
|Hiking Shevlin Park||Easy: 2-5 Miles Miles||Ft. Gain|
|Road Biking||Moderate: 29 (optional ride) Miles||1638 Ft. Gain|
|Day 4||Road Biking||Easy: 36.3 Miles||1311 Ft. Gain||Moderate: Optional Late Afternoon Ride With Guide Miles||Ft. Gain|
|Day 5||Rock Climbing Smith Rock||Easy: 4 Hours Miles||Ft. Gain|
|Road Biking||Easy: 27 Miles||977 Ft. Gain|
|Day 6||Road Biking||Easy: 27 Miles||312 Ft. Gain||Moderate: 42 Miles||2503 Ft. Gain|
Find out more about Choosing a Tour.
All internal land expenses and services are covered in the cost of your tour. This means from the time we pick you up at our meeting point, until we drop you back off to head home, all transportation, food preparation, meals (except where noted on itineraries), snacks, non-alcoholic beverages, group supplies and community gear (portable chairs, large awnings, coolers, utensils, etc.) are included. Backcountry permits, licenses, park fees, reservations, and accommodations (lodging) are also included, along with at least two professionally trained trip leaders, a mobile first aid and mechanic station, spare bikes, and a support vehicle(s). Trip price does not include airfare, lodging prior to trip start or bicycle rental and/or camping gear (if on a camping tour) unless otherwise noted on itinerary or website.
When you join an Escape Adventures tour in 2019, you will receive a FREE custom sublimated Limited Edition Jersey!
Make your trip as comfortable as possible on the body, as simple as possible for traveling, and hassle free on tour. On every road bike tour, we will fit you with the newest, highest quality gear in the industry. Escape Adventures provides only high-end bicycles from Specialized. We replace our rental fleet each season to ensure all our bikes meet our high standards. All of our bikes are equipped with carbon fiber frames and disc brakes designed for a smooth, comfortable ride. For those who are touring with a companion who may not be as fit or need a little help up the hills, we now have ebikes (electric pedal assist) available on select tours.
All of our road bike trips include a Garmin GPS device to help you navigate through each day safely and smoothly. You’ll know how far, fast, and high you’ve ridden on the flats or climbs or on your way through each day. Includes navigation with turn prompts that will even show you how to get back to start. Simply turn it on and start riding. No paper maps needed!
Specialized has perfected the road bike. Ride confidently and comfortably for longer distances on any of our trips around the world. All of our bikes are equipped with the latest components and our 2019 models include disc brakes.
Specialized hybrid bikes are the most comfortable bikes available. Our most popular bike for multisport and moderate road bike tours is the proven Crossroads. This bike is suited for a wide range of cyclists. This bike sits upright and is equipped with a very comfortable seat. Handlebars are adjustable and the gearing has a wide range of speeds. Bikes come in a step through or a standard frame. Your tour price includes bike rental.
For those of you who have always wanted to join a bike tour but feared your fitness would hold you or the group back, fear no more. Our incredible e-bike option allows you to do more, go twice as fast and far. The all new Specialized Turbo has one goal and one goal only—to inspire you to get out, get moving, and to have some fun along the way. E-bike available on most casual and luxury inn trips for an additional price.
The Allez Junior is specifically designed for younger riders looking to keep up (or pass) mom and dad. The Allez gives young riders all the performance they need to look, feel, and go fast! Your tour price includes bike rental.
Escape Adventures is one of the only tour companies to provide a specific selection of kid’s bikes for touring. Even though it is a “kids” bike, the performance of the bicycle is not compromised in any way. Optional 20 and 24 inch wheels are configured to fit any size youngster. Our professional bike shop staff will fit your child to the correct bike (and color) once you have reserved your tour. Your tour price includes bike rental.
Our Family trailers are ideal for those little ones on tours who are not quite ready to ride but want to hang with mom and dad. These trailers are optional on all Family Getaway Tours at an additional cost. Burley Trailer seats up to two kids and converts to stroller.
For over 25 years, the hallmark of an Escape Adventures tour is personalized, hands-on service. Before, during, and after each trip. We are a company of honesty and integrity and we stand behind our product 100%. From the moment you learn of our trips, to the time you return home and start planning your next trip, we are here to bring you the best possible experience. From our Guaranteed Trip Departure Confirmation Policy, making sure your trip is never cancelled*, to our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee Policy, backing the unrivaled consistent quality of all our tours, our commitment to you is never compromised. * Scheduled Domestic trips only.
Our environmental commitment is second to none. We run our tours the same way we run our company, with an eye on the triple bottom line: People, Profit & Planet. At Escape Adventures, we elected to pursue a more comprehensive approach to actually reduce our carbon footprint, rather than just offset it. We overhauled our entire operation — from our vehicles, to our buildings, to our procedures — to become an outdoor industry leader in the charge to help our people and our planet.
Leading tours naturally followed from our passion of exploring our favorite places with our friends. Our support staff includes our reservation team who is there to answer your questions about the tours, our service team who prepares your bike and gear for the tour, and our guide team – the ones who take you into the great outdoors. The highest level of responsibility, good nature, integrity, and dedication are standard traits of all those who work at Escape Adventures. We our proud of it and we think you should know it.
Having custom-made vehicles allows us to take you to places few other outfitters can, or will go. Every Escape Adventures tour is accompanied by at least one support vehicle, trailer, and in some cases a second and third transfer van. After purchase, we custom engineer our trucks, vans, and trailers by our on-staff mechanic to meet the unique needs of different tours. For example, certain vehicles are specifically designed for the Canyonlands region of Utah, while others are designed for The Grand Tetons and Yellowstone. Each of our Trip Leaders is required to be trained in safe vehicle operation, 4X4 driving, and basic maintenance. Our experienced Trip Leaders make it look easy, transporting you and up to 12 guests, along with their bikes, fresh food, gear and plenty of drinking water to any location.
Make your trip as comfortable as possible on the body, as simple as possible for traveling, and hassle-free on tour. By choosing to rent a bike from us, we will fit you with the newest, highest quality gear in the industry. Escape Adventures provides only high-end bicycles from Specialized. We replace our rental fleet each season to ensure all our rentals meet our high standards. All of our bikes are equipped carbon fiber frames and disc brakes designed for a smooth, comfortable ride. For those who are touring with a companion who may not be as fit or need a little help up the hills, we now have ebikes (electric pedal assist) available on select tours.
Our food isn’t just good, it’s good for you.
Food represents a big part of the Escape Adventures experience. On our inn tours most dinners and breakfasts unfold at local favorite restaurants. We also have energy snacks aboard our support vehicles. Don’t be surprised if your guides purchase fresh fruits and healthy snacks throughout the day while you’re enjoying a ride. They may just show up on the trail with a local treat! An increasing number of our guests are vegans or vegetarians, whom we not only accommodate but also pleasantly surprise. Should you possess special diet requirements and/or limitations, just let us know at sign-up. We’ll work with you to meet those critical needs.
The idea of taking your friends or family somewhere cool and amazing is actually pretty easy. Tell us what you’re thinking. We’ll make it happen.
Any trip in this catalog, any specific time frame, any group size, we can custom-fit if not comfortably accommodate. A Custom and Private Escape Adventures trip affords the ultimate bonding, or team-building experience for:
To shape a Custom or Private Trip, we begin a dialogue: first, to develop a group specific itinerary, tailored to respective abilities and preferred tempo. Next we schedule, bookmarking and working in your optimum or ideal getaway dates. Size-wise, we can build a multi-day trip for as few as two people, scaled up to as many as 30 plus. Contact us today to start the custom trip building process.
All Private Escape Adventures Trips are priced in the structured method below. Some Custom tours are priced differently if they vary from the Classic Escape Adventures itinerary and price. In this situation we will provide your group with a custom itinerary and price.
* Pricing, availability and guest minimums are all subject to change at any time. Certain dates have a minimum number of guests required, please contact us for details.
Since 1992, we at Escape Adventures have been blessed to shape and lead adventure travel vacations through some of the most awe-inspiring natural destinations in the world. Each successive season, our passion for adventure grows through memorable moments with our guests. Fresh air, faith, fitness and friends are the building blocks for our ventures, the treasured experiences that keep us moving forward. For those of you who have trekked and traveled with us over the past quarter century, Heather and I express our sincerest gratitude. The memories are priceless.
For those who have yet to tour with us, we appreciate the opportunity to introduce you to our family-run company and guiding principles of sustainability and adventure. Our portfolio specializes in Western North America and is rapidly growing internationally. Building on over 100 destinations, we cater to the full spectrum of active traveler, respective to fitness level and activity type. From road cyclist to mountain biker to electric biker, hiker, and multi-sport enthusiast, and from first-timer to friends and family groups of all ability levels, on behalf of our Escape Adventures family, we look forward to many new and exciting adventures with you.
With much gratitude, and happy trails,
Jared and Heather Fisher
Founders and Owner-Operators