Crater Lake, Oregon: Ride the Rim

Photo Courtesy of Discover Klamath CVB, by Kamrin Nielsen

52 Getaways 2019: Summer

Every year, on two special days in September, a 25-mile stretch of Crater Lake National Park’s East Rim Drive is closed to vehicle traffic. That’s when bicyclists flock to the park to participate in Ride the Rim, one of the world’s most scenic rides.

Intermediate- and advanced-level cyclists who are fit for the challenge can register for Ride the Rim. Within that 25 miles, riders experience incomparable beauty and face a thigh-pumping, uphill battle of 3,500 feet.

Depending on the rider’s experience level and fitness, the East Rim can take roughly three to five hours to complete. On Ride the Rim days, East Rim Drive is closed to vehicles from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Riders will find five rest stops along the route, equipped with water, basic bike repair and first aid.

Riders also have the option of extending their ride past the vehicle-free portion and complete the entire Rim Drive around the crater, a total of 33 miles. On this additional stretch, riders share a no-shoulder road with vehicle traffic and must negotiate switchbacks with limited sightlines.

Interested riders should go to ridetherimoregon.com to register and get more information about the route, safety tips and parking. September can bring any type of weather to Crater Lake, and past Ride-the-Rim riders have encountered sunny summer days as well as snow, sleet and hail.

Riders can extend their stay to fully enjoy all Crater Lake National Park has to offer. To find lodging in the park, visit nps.gov/crla. To find lodging in the area as well as other attractions, visit discoverklamath.com.