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Our mount Bachelor/Crater Lake Road Bike tour is simply unmatched for its smart nuances, expansive dimensions and dynamic layers, as we interpret and experience the best wilderness stretched across Oregon’s bejeweled interior.
Sweeping into Crater Lake National Park, it’s a stretch as much of big muscle groups as of one’s vocabulary: specifically for a synonym to aptly describe the otherworldly blue water beneath our cycling route.
From the deepest lake in the Western Hemisphere—and third lowest in the world—our peloton ascends to the base of Mount Bachelor, (20-miles southwest of Bend). There we behold an aloof 9,068-ft nobleman: seemingly detached from the nearby Three Sisters, a tight band of 10,000-ft volcanic peaks.
Beyond Bachelor’s bold if insular prominence, “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 1.8-million acre Deschutes National Forest wield a fantastic array of outstanding, yet little used backcountry roads, scenic routes and historic byways. Crossing three Oregon counties, the wilderness on the Cascades’ eastern shadow nurtures sublime waterfalls and huge stands of soul stirring evergreens.
In the cool high country air, you can’t help but be fueled by all manner of major contentment. From the churning ambient of the Deschutes River, to the dazzling visual of Smith Rock, one of Oregon’s Seven Wonders, a mix and match of soaring spires and sheer tufts of basalt.
As we collectively inhale this landscape, Smith Rock—the birthplace of modern rock-climbing—ultimately takes our breath away; projecting lengthy silhouettes, from its cathedral like spikes and pinnacles onto an already staggering sunset. Bravo, Oregon.
Day 1: Meet-up in Eugene, Oregon (pop. 168,916): Portland’s slightly scruffy little sister. From the south end of the Willamette Valley, roughly two hours south of Portland, we shuttle to Butte Falls. The biggest little town in Oregon, Butte Falls (pop. 400) is built around a gorgeous, terraced waterfall. Our first stage egresses from Butte Falls, about 40-miles northeast of Medford, towards Prospect: a sweet little hamlet edging the Rogue River; better known as the gateway to Crater Lake. Interpreting the terrain before us—lush alpine meadows beneath dense, unbroken forest, Western hemlock to Giant Yellow cedar to majestic Douglas fir—we gain a visual cue of the once-a-century cataclysmic volcanic activity that rocks this wet, green region. After our warm-up/get acquainted ride, we overnight in at the historic Prospect Hotel. A nationally registered 10-room b&b dinner house, Teddy Roosevelt, Zane Grey and Jack London vacationed here en route to Crater Lake. A short stroll from the Prospect, at the Living Tree Stump monument a stand of Douglas fir trees live communally, nourishing one another amidst a dormant lava flow. The monument bears tribute to a stump that has heretofore grafted itself onto a neighbor.
Day 2: Our next stage wends us from Prospect into 183,224-acre Crater Lake National Park. One of the Seven Wonders of the World, Crater Lake is arguably the clearest and bluest lake on Earth, as well amongst the deepest (1949-ft). Building out from yesterday, we add a dozen miles; though given all the staggering visual stimuli it’s unlikely you noticed the extra distance. Beginning at 4196-ft elevation, Bicycling Magazine hailed our route as “one of the top rides in the US”. At the culmination of a terrific ascent, the stage closes out at Crater Lake Lodge. For the next two nights we overnight here, swept up in unparalleled views of the lake, and its figurative overlord: 8394-ft Mount Scott. Originally constructed by William Gladstone Steel in 1915, Crater Lake Lodge underwent a renovation in 1995.
Day 3: Call it a seriously big spin around a big, otherworldly blue lake. Day Three’s stage is the stuff of an exertive, outdoor epic. Circumnavigating the rim or caldera of Crater Lake, the profile of our course is marked by four climbs, peaking out at 7,900-ft. On this route, the givens are: 1) you’re gonna’get worked, gloriously; 2) though no less than eight pullouts provide well-spaced interludes or respites; and 3) you’ll quickly realize that there’s no such thing as a ‘best vantage point’ on Crater Lake Drive. In sum, it’s all gorgeous. Especially so the view finding onto the Cascade Range: which stretches from Southern British Columbia, to here/its midsection and south into Northern California. Backdrop to foreground now, in a landscape of endless superlatives even the roadbed stands out. Built in 1919, Crater Lake Drive’s stonemasonry and unique engineering were meant to harmonize with its rugged environment.
Along the western edge of the Lake, give your calves and thighs some recovery time for an optional hike. Hiking a mile down to lake level at the Cleetwood Trailhead, a motorboat awaits us. Our cruise allows for viewing of Wizard Island, a 755-ft volcanic cinder cone; as well as the ghost ship conjuring volcanic rock formation known as Phantom Island. Feeling spry? Remount and finish the loop. Or van it back to the lodge for superb hors d’oeuvres, a small batch/local beer and decompression on the porch.
Day 4: Deferring to one of the favored routes of tour guests, our stage gets underway from Osprey Point. Shuttling north for 90-minutes from Crater Lake, our peloton follows the gorgeous Cascade Lakes Highway towards Bend. In more effusive language, straight through the heart of Central Oregon: alpine lakes that give way to expansive High Desert with great sentinels of pine, fir and hemlock forests in between. From paralleling the Deschutes River we cycle past Mount Bachelor. Edging the eastern slopes of the Cascades range, we wind past no less than 13 lakes. Reflecting back, in the respective surfaces of those lakes are The Three Sisters, Broken Top and Mt. Bachelor. A phenomenal day in the saddle closes out with a 3,000-ft descent into Bend, (pop. 76,693), called “the perfect small city”. A bit of downtime allows for visiting Bend’s local art galleries and smart shops. Or, go completely off reservation with a peaceful riverside stroll. Tonight we dine at a local favorite restaurant usinglocally grown ingredients.
Day 5: Unfolding in Bend, today’s storyline is packed with all manner of smart subplots. Reaching for leafy Sisters via high-arid Smith Rock State Park, our route sweeps over discreet country roads into the big pine forest around Sisters. If you feel slightly self-indulgent, one of only three four-diamond spas in Oregon—Shibui at Five Pine Lodge (25-minutes from Bend)—stands foursquare on our route. An oasis for the body, the Shibui health/wellness center is set within a modern grand lodge. Before stopping for lunch at the physically striking Smith Rock preserve, our group sweeps deep into Oregon’s high desert. A world-class climbing area, the canyon that defines Smith Rock ultimately resolves into the backcountry path that wends us into the forest around Sisters. This evening wraps in style, if not quiet culinary flourish: a group dinner at the intimate Open Door in downtown Sisters.
Day 6: Viewed as either gateway—or divide—between the dry and wet sides of the Cascades, the day’s stage connects Sisters to McKenzie Bridge via McKenzie Pass. Spanning 42-miles, this popular Pacific Northwest road ride includes: a 16-mile climb, albeit at a moderate grade; peaking out with superb views of the broad lava flows and regal succession of Cascade peaks, including Mt. Hood. Our scenic route also crosses the McKenzie River via the 80-year old Goodpasture Covered Bridge: 165-ft long, its hallmark louvers and arched windows speak to a more gracious era of travel. Arguably, the 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.
After lunch, it’s shuttle time: last stop, Eugene.
Oregon – Mt Bachelor and Crater Lake National Park Road Bike Tour*
Season: Summer and Fall
Departure: Eugene, Oregon
Length/Stay: 6 days, Luxury Inns and Restaurants
Fitness Level: 3-4
*ebike available for this tour. Some restrictions apply.
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: 26 Miles||1802 Ft. Gain|
|Day 2||Road Biking||Seasoned: 35 Miles||4756 Ft. Gain|
|Day 3||Road Biking||Easy: 14 Miles||1689 Ft. Gain||Moderate: 25 Miles||3210 Ft. Gain||Seasoned: 34 Miles||4657 Ft. Gain|
|Day 4||Road Biking||Easy: 32 Miles||1874 Ft. Gain||Moderate: 52 Miles||2604 Ft. Gain||Seasoned: 80 Miles||3855 Ft. Gain|
|Day 5||Road Biking||Easy: 27 Miles||977 Ft. Gain||Moderate: 57 Miles||1636 Ft. Gain|
|Day 6||Road Biking||Easy: 27 Miles||312 Ft. Gain||Moderate: 42 Miles||2503 Ft. Gain|
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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.
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, our family has shaped and led adventure travel vacations throughout the Americas and across the seas. Every year, each successive season, our passion has engendered growth: nurtured by faith, wilderness experiences, and amazing sunsets we’ve reveled in with our guests. For those of you who have trekked and traveled with us over these two and a half—if not all too fast–decades, Heather and I can only express our sincerest gratitude. For those who have yet to tour with us, thank you; for the opportunity to introduce our family-run company, epic tours, as well as our guiding principles: sustainability/low impact from every angle. Seeing to the details, our portfolio specializes in Western North America. At the same time, includes select International trekking and cycling locations, unique for their key exertive attributes, and/or Old World charm. Building on 100-plus departures and destinations, we cater to the full spectrum of active traveler/respective fitness level. From road cyclist to mountain biker, thru hiker to multi-sport enthusiast, from first timer to friends and family groups, we will take care of you. Our hope is you’ll lose yourself in our website, that the decision to tour with us will be easy, even if you can’t decide on just one.
Big thanks, gratitude, and happy trails,
Jared and Heather Fisher, Owners