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Crater Lake’s Rim Drive – Car Free

No dirt on this ride, and nothing epic either. But I’m posting about it because despite being a tame ride, Crater Lake’s Rim Drive were car free and had the sort of isolated, spooky feeling one usually only gets on dirt roads. There weren’t even a lot of cyclists. I don’t think I saw more than 20 once I got deeper into the road.

If the NPS opens the roads to only bikes again next year, I don’t know that I’d make the drive down from Portland *just* to ride the road, but I’d consider making a long weekend out of it, especially considering Oakridge is a nice stopping point. It would also be fun to haul camping gear on the ride around and spend the night on Mt. Scott.







  • donnie on Sep 09, 2013 Reply

    Update: The park service is holding another car-free weekend – September 21-22, 2013. Supposedly they will be doing this again next spring and fall. Excellent!

  • Bennett on Aug 28, 2013 Reply

    your whip is BITCHIN! What kind of frame?

    • Aaron on Aug 28, 2013 Reply

      Thanks! It is a DeSalvo. Super great frame. DeSalvo is a great guy too.

  • Brian E. on Jul 05, 2013 Reply

    I’d suggest camping at Jackson Kimball State Park, riding gravel on Sun Mountain Rd., head East at rd. 2304, and enter the park at the old east entrance. Technically, you need to walk your bike on the 2 mile trail that leads into the Pinnacles area.

    I try to make one Winter (ski) or one Spring/Summer (bike) trip every year. In the Spring, the East entrance has turned into my favorite route. It is very remote and unused. You can gain access to the rim by hiking on crusted snow. Depending on the year it may be clear or it may be totally snowed over.

    I image you could ride it all with a fat bike, but I’ve never ridden one, so what do i know..

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