RIVERS • MOUNTAINS • VALLEYS
DISTANCE: 201 MILES
ELEVATION: 10464
DIFFICULTY: Advanced

ROUTE WARNINGS

Some steep downhills, narrow shoulders, and possible natural debris from Diamond Lake to Glide. Although driver's are usually respectful, truck and RV traffic can be heavy at times throughout the route, particularly on Fridays and weekends in the summer.

Crater to Coast

Beginning in Oregon’s world-renowned Crater Lake National Park, the Crater to Coast Route, traverses the Umpqua Basin, four million lush and picturesque acres within which only 110,000 people live.  Leaving Crater Lake, the cyclist travels first north then west, passing Diamond Lake and Mt. Thielson, experiencing the great beauty, natural sounds, and fresh air of the Umpqua National Forest.  The cyclist may be tempted to slow the pace of descent along the Rogue-Umpqua Scenic Byway and marvel at deep green conifer forests sprouting from 9,000-years-old ash-fall cliffs or breathe deeply while watching and listening to the wild, tumbling North Umpqua River as it finds its way west to the sea.  Waterfalls, campgrounds, and the world-renowned Steamboat Inn create natural stopping points, inviting the rider to take a break for a bite on the banks of the North Umpqua or to revel in the riverine beauty of this world-class fly-fishing destination.  Continuing west, the rider leaves the Umpqua National Forest and enters the lush forested acres of the Roseburg District of the Bureau of Land Management, and then beyond passes through wide vistas of down-river farms and ranches.  The cyclist arrives at the small community of Glide, which marks the unique white-water collision of two rivers, the North Umpqua and Little.  Near the Colliding Rivers Wayside, the rider departs the Byway by turning south onto Little River Road and then eventually west onto Buckhorn Road, noticing more farms, ranches, and stands of trees populating a grand sweep of pastureland.  Next comes Roseburg, the mid-point of the route, which offers the rider excellent restaurants, breweries, lodging, and other attractions.  The rider can linger here or start the second leg of the route, winding along the Umpqua River’s main stem.  Riding through the Umpqua Valley, the cyclist passes award-winning wineries and small historic communities like Elkton and Scottsburg with their own offerings of refreshment and hospitality.  Entering the Coastal Range on the Umpqua River Scenic Byway, the rider experiences broad river views, probably seeing large numbers of water fowl, and, closer to Reedsport, may stop to view massive-antlered Roosevelt Elk at the Dean Creek refuge.  At Reedsport, the rider turns south along Route 101 and pedals a few miles along seashore and dunes to end the ride at the Umpqua River Lighthouse State Park, an historic site with great windy, rocky views of the Pacific.  The Crater to Coast ride is complete.

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