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Vehicle Free Day on Crater Lake Rim Drive

20 miles of the 33 mile Rim Drive will be vehicle free on 2 Saturdays in September, the 20th and 27th, plus it looks like another 15 miles or so out and back to the Pinnacles Overlook. This is a repeat of last weekend, and there should be reports and photos from that event posted somewhere, as well as info regarding logistics. Please add thoughts as to how we might best experience one of the most beautiful places on earth car free.
http://www.nps.gov/crla/planyourvisit/vehicle-free-days-on-east-rim-drive.htm

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  • Dave M.

    This was a nice ride. Hundreds of bikes and riders of various types, and no cars. We saw three other trikes and one 2 wheel 'bent. The rim drive is at about 7,000 ft elevation, and there is quite a bit of climbing, but the jaw dropping beauty of this incredible area makes it worth it.

    September 28, 2014

    • Rich C

      Great photos Dave, looks like you found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow! Did you go out to Pinnacles Overlook, or just do the loop? Did you ride with cars on the connecting section, and do that first or last? If you were to do this again, would you use trike, bent bike or wedgie? Any logistical suggestions as to how a BARC group might do it next spring?

      September 29, 2014

    • Dave M.

      We started at the north junction and did a nice leisurely clockwise ride on the west rim drive. (not the whole thing). I think if I was to do the entire rim drive in the future, I would start from the east side and go counter-clockwise, otherwise you have a 3 mile 4% climb with traffic to finish the ride. I was glad I was on the trike because of the climbing, and it made it easier to take in the scenery.

      September 29, 2014

  • Rich C

    I have just learned I have a brass band concert the 28th , and spousal conflicts around the 20th, so I will have to wait until next June to do this ride. So jealous of anyone who makes it.

    September 11, 2014

  • Rich C

    I am starting to follow weather, 10 day forecast showing highs 67-79, lows 38-45, dry through this weekend, but 50% chance of rain on Sept 18. I won't begrudge them any needed rain, but it would be nice if it waited until after their vehicle free weekends.

    September 9, 2014

  • Russell

    Any carpool options? Would like to go but prefer carpool/roomshare to reduce costs. Rich, how you getting there?

    July 25, 2014

    • Dave M.

      I'll likely be driving my wife's (small) van up, and will be meeting my sister and her husband who live in Oregon there for the ride. The van will fit one trike inside and another on top.

      July 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    The weather at the park is variable at that time of year. Read this account of a trip by the folks of The Path Less Pedaled: http://pathlesspedaled.com/2013/09/biketourism-at-crater-lake-national-park/ They went last year (2013). Here's part of their story: "The trouble with the third weekend in September is that, at 7200 feet, the weather can be just about anything. This past weekend, the weather decided to be stunningly cold and craptacular. At noon on Sunday, the rim was socked in with a freezing fog so thick that you couldn’t see the water from the edge. Visibility was maybe 15 feet and plants on the hillside were covered in ice. Suffice it to say that we never actually rode our bikes."

    So, be prepared for almost any weather.

    July 1, 2014

    • Rich C

      Good warning. Having lived in Eugene for 12 years, I miss the rain, but it was always on my mountain bike. I still have my gear, and as long as there isn't ice, I will probably take my trike, watching the forecasts as to which Saturday looks the fairest.

      July 1, 2014

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