Scenic overlook early in the ride where Mount Bailey (in the photo) and Mt. Theilsen may be seen.

Crater to Coast – A Must-Do Epic Trek

You Get Lifetime Bragging Rights For This Cycling Adventure from Crater Lake National Park to the Oregon 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.  Although a rider might be tempted to ride the entire 201-mile route in one day…some of the best cycling in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest…riders will more likely want to segment the trip into two or three days.  With many opportunities for lodging and refreshment along the way, the choice is yours!

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.  You may be tempted to slow the fast 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 lushly 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.  Restrooms and information are available there.  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, Oregon, 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.  Roseburg hosts two bike shops offering repairs and accessories:  Canyon Creek Cycles and Waldron’s Outdoor Sports.  Later in the ride, the Elkton Bike Station offers similar services.

Interested in some of the best wines in North America?  Overnight in Roseburg and take Cycle Umpqua’s Umpqua Valley Fine Wines Bicycle Tour, a 27-mile loop that visits 11 wineries and a meadery.  Then continue on your meandering trek to the Coast.

Riding through the Umpqua Valley, the cyclist passes more award-winning wineries and small historic communities like Elkton and Scottsburg, Oregon, 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 waterfowl, and, closer to Reedsport, may stop to view massive-antlered Roosevelt Elk at the Dean Creek elk refuge. At Reedsport, the rider turns south along Route 101 and pedals a few miles along windy seashore and dunes to end the ride at the Umpqua River Lighthouse State Park, a historic site with great rocky views of the Pacific.

Now, your Crater to Coast Epic ride is complete.  Start bragging!

Crater Lake is accessible from many directions and roads.  For example, if traveling along Oregon I-5, drivers can take Exit 30 at Medford and follow signs to Crater Lake, or take Exit 124 in Roseburg and follow Route 138 east, or take Route 97 from Bend to Route 138.  Of all the routes, the scenery and riverscape along Route 138 from Roseburg to Crater Lake are the most dramatic and beautiful.

 

Photos From This Ride

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World-famous Crater Lake National Park is a great place to cycle and where you begin your Crater Rim to Roseburg Ride

World-famous Crater Lake National Park is a great place to cycle and where you begin your Crater Rim to Roseburg Ride

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\"Old Woman\" Rock along the North Umpqua Trail

\"Old Woman\" Rock along the North Umpqua Trail

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the Canyon Creek guys know what they are doing and can give you good advice about where to cycle..

the Canyon Creek guys know what they are doing and can give you good advice about where to cycle..

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Here\'s Chief Repair Wrenchhero, Aaron, fixing up a casualty.

Here\'s Chief Repair Wrenchhero, Aaron, fixing up a casualty.

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Waldron\'s sells bike and all manner of outdoor equipment...kinda like Roseburg\'s version of Cabela\'s. They repair bikes, too. Check \'em out sometime.

Waldron\'s sells bike and all manner of outdoor equipment...kinda like Roseburg\'s version of Cabela\'s. They repair bikes, too. Check \'em out sometime.

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Spring vines ready to grow delicious wine grapes!

Spring vines ready to grow delicious wine grapes!

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Two Shy Brewing is located in an off-the-main-drag location near Garden Valley Boulevard. Go find \'em, their craft brews are excellent!

Two Shy Brewing is located in an off-the-main-drag location near Garden Valley Boulevard. Go find \'em, their craft brews are excellent!

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Nothing better than a brew pub after a long bike ride! Draper\'s is ready to serve you!

Nothing better than a brew pub after a long bike ride! Draper\'s is ready to serve you!

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O\'Toole\'s Pub serves draft beer, wine, and delicious food on Jackson Street in the Heart of Roseburg across from City Hall.

O\'Toole\'s Pub serves draft beer, wine, and delicious food on Jackson Street in the Heart of Roseburg across from City Hall.

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Roseburg\'s urban winery, Paul O\'Brien Winery, where they not only ferment and age the wine on site, they also serve it to you in an elegant tasting room!

Roseburg\'s urban winery, Paul O\'Brien Winery, where they not only ferment and age the wine on site, they also serve it to you in an elegant tasting room!

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Big sign, great craft brews.

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Head over past the Roseburg Armory north of the airport for some of the best craft brews in Oregon at Old 99 Brewing Company, Arrive early if you can; otherwise, the local cyclists will have grabbed all the good seats!

Head over past the Roseburg Armory north of the airport for some of the best craft brews in Oregon at Old 99 Brewing Company, Arrive early if you can; otherwise, the local cyclists will have grabbed all the good seats!

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Azaleas and rhododendrons ablaze with color in the Heart of Roseburg!

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Like trains? Try a brew and burger at McMenamin\'s Roseburg Station. Yes, the railroad was the reason for Roseburg\'s existence back in the 19th Century, and now the old train station offers up craft brews, wine, and lots of menu choices.

Like trains? Try a brew and burger at McMenamin\'s Roseburg Station. Yes, the railroad was the reason for Roseburg\'s existence back in the 19th Century, and now the old train station offers up craft brews, wine, and lots of menu choices.

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