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Crater Lake Road Ride\Mountain Bike Weekend

Let's cycle around one of Oregon's treasures, Crater Lake.  Surrounded by soaring cliffs, Crater Lake is one of the deepest lakes in the world at over 1,900 in depth.  It is also one of the most beautiful.  The ride around the lake is challenging even though it is under 40 miles.   The ride features about 3,800 feet of climbing and is at an elevation that is at least 6,500 feet.   Obviously, this is not a beginner ride.  As there is almost no possibility of getting lost, riders will ride their own pace.

The next day, those who choose to bring a second bike, will mountain bike the Dread and Terror segment of the North Umpqua Trail.  Starting from the trail head by the springs we'll make this intermediate 13 mile segment into a 25 mile loop by riding out on Forest Road 3401 to Lemolo Lake.

What a great way to wind-down the cycling season!  The weekend is of course dependant upon the weather, which is not a guarantee at that time of the year.

9/7  UPDATE:

Camping:  We have decided to camp at Diamond Lake because of the great number of sites available and because of some opinion that it is a superior campground to the Mazama campground.  Here is a link to the campground: 

http://www.reserveamerica.com/camping/Diamond_Lake/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&parkId=70187

Please note that reservations for campsites are not accepted at this time of year.  Some participants, but probably not all, are arriving on Friday.  Campsites K20--K37 are likely the best options because they are tent specific and close to the water.  There are also other sites that are tent only.  The campground has showers.  Yea!

The Rides:  We plan to meet at 10:30 a.m. at the cafeteria and gift shop at Rim Village near Crater Lake.  That start time should give those who are driving from Bend on Saturday plenty of time to arrive.  For those planning to do the mtb ride on Sunday, we will also start that ride at 10:30.

Food:  I (Kevin) plan to make pasta for anyone who is interested on Saturday evening.  Lucky for me, no one appears to be Italian.  There will be a vegetarian option.   If everyone could each bring a side dish, we should have a great feast.  Please message what you intend to bring so as to avoid a hundred deviled eggs.

Communication:  There may not be cell phone coverage at the campground.  I will likely be the first one there (thinking about leaving on Thursday).  I assume a message board will be near the entrance, so I will post a note with any pertinent information such as the general location of the Friday campers.  If anyone has any questions, please email me at [masked].

Now we wait for perhaps the most important factor--the weather.  . .

 

9/11 (Weather Update):

Weather is looking good!  Sunny with a high near 70 on Saturday.  A slight chance of rain on Saturday night and Sunday.  Cooler on Sunday with a high of 62.

 

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  • Ron

    Thanks for the great photos Patty!

    September 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Here are my stats - Sunday, Crater Lake:
    http://runkeeper.com/user/BenGBalasubramanian/activity/242401142

    Saturday, Dread and Terror:
    http://runkeeper.com/user/BenGBalasubramanian/activity/242740074

    (that's the back of the out-and-back)

    September 16, 2013

    • Kevin

      Incredible that it took us almost four hours to go 12.5 miles--and you would expect most of it to be downhill! Truly a beast of a trail!

      September 16, 2013

    • neil

      I noticed Grayback Drive on your CL route. Evidently it's an 8-mile gravel road that connects Pinnacles Rd with Rim Drive. That might be a fun ride option for cross-tourists and/or those crazy-fit mtn bikers

      1 · September 16, 2013

  • Ron

    Ron's Crater Lake ride ... on the big ring! ..... might need a new battery in my hr monitor ..
    http://connect.garmin.com/activity/376661544

    September 16, 2013

    • Ron

      but ... but ... Sunday is BACE day! ..... how about saturday and hosting? ...http://bikeportland.o...­

      September 16, 2013

    • neil

      I might need a new heart battery :P

      September 16, 2013

  • David S.

    What a great weekend of riding & socializing!

    1 · September 16, 2013

  • Kevin

    A great group and a fantastic weekend of cycling! Thanks to everyone for coming out and special thanks to Ben for helping with the planning and leading the mtb ride, Neil for the information and the best base camp imaginable, Ron for bringing the paddle boards, and last but not least Jeff for encouraging the idea of the Crater Lake ride. Truly memorable!

    1 · September 16, 2013

  • John

    Thanks for leading and organizing this, Kevin.

    1 · September 15, 2013

  • Ron

    Stupendous day at Crater Lake with a fine contingent of BACE'rs. You don't get a better day than this was :-)

    September 15, 2013

    • neil

      thanks again for bringing the sup's!

      September 15, 2013

  • neil

    other than the extreme suffering I had a blast! Fun group and amazing scenery.

    1 · September 15, 2013

  • Bill B.

    Unfortunaletly, I will not be able to ride having pulled a muscle in my neck two days ago and slow in healing. Enjoy the beautiful views and fun hills.

    Bill Burwell
    Bend, OR

    September 13, 2013

  • Bruce L.

    Sorry I read the description wrong. I'm not a road rider.

    September 12, 2013

    • Ron

      Bruce! .... you wouldn't have any trouble with this. Plus ... last I heard Patty was going to ride it on her mountain bike. I think you'd like it!

      September 12, 2013

  • jeff t

    Green salad, bottle of wine, and paper plates from us.
    Not sure about Sunday plans yet.
    See you late Friday or early Sat.

    September 12, 2013

  • Kevin

    Looks like between seven and nine people will gather for the cookout on Saturday. Please remember that this is the only planned communal meal so bring whatever food you like while camping. In lieu of a side dish, maybe someone could bring paper plates, utensils, etc.?

    September 11, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I've got firewood, a side dish, and the obligatory camp fire dessert ...

      September 11, 2013

    • neil

      French and/or garlic bread will be my 'side dish'

      September 12, 2013

  • Ron

    Just FYI..... I have 6 boards on the car I am thinking about driving ... so they will be available for some paddling at Diamond Lake for anyone interested! I am also thinking about driving there on Friday!

    1 · September 10, 2013

    • Kevin

      That sounds great, Ron! I would definitely be up for that.

      September 10, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm in!

      September 11, 2013

  • Bill B.

    Will be doing only the Saturday CLNP rim ride leaving from Bend about 7:30 and can take two other cyclist, if you want a lift. Return ing directly to Bend after the ride. Call me at[masked] if you want to car pool.

    September 11, 2013

  • neil

    as I've lost any cycling fitness I may have had I'll probably do the rim ride only

    August 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Neil - you are not alone. I haven't done much since the STP.

      September 6, 2013

    • neil

      may change my nickname to Off The Couch :p

      1 · September 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Pasta sounds good. Good fuel too! I will bring a side and some firewood.

    September 8, 2013

    • neil

      me bring saw

      September 9, 2013

  • Don W.

    Sounds like fun - but I'm heading south for a couple of weeks of sailing

    September 8, 2013

  • Patty

    Think I'm just taking my mtn bike to Crater for the rides Sat & Sun. Any info on where we're meeting and where we're camping?

    September 6, 2013

    • Patty

      Thanks Ron, but I'll drive down Saturday. Planning to detour to Oakridge for a few days on the way home for more riding. :-) Thanks too, but I've got a road bike, just didn't want to haul both down there. Maybe I'll reconsider.

      September 7, 2013

    • Ron

      I know .... this time of year is sooo great and there are so many places in addition to the usual stuff ..... I won't go into it:-)

      September 8, 2013

  • Richard R.

    FWIW: September 21 and 22 the Crater Lake road is closed to motorized vehicles.

    August 23, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks. Although no cars are preferred, it's my experience that shoulder season is close to perfect for riding Crater Lake. And, we should do well at the campgrounds this time of year in terms of availability.

      August 23, 2013

  • David S.

    Giddy up!

    August 16, 2013

  • Ron

    just noticed Crater Lake Century is this saturday! http://craterlakecentury.com

    August 15, 2013

  • Ron

    Haven't had my Crater Lake fix this year!

    August 15, 2013

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