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.
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:
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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