Southern Oregon has some of the best bicycling in the country.
Routes will take you through national monuments, historic wagon trails, alpine meadows and mountain lakes. They will thrill you with Crater Lake National Park, lush grasslands, birding hot spots, ocean views, lighthouses and pristine beaches. Plus, you can experience some great dining and lodging options.
There are more than 25 mapped cycling routes in Klamath County. Whether you want to ride on a road, grind some gravel or go off-road, there’s a route for you. Climbers may want to gear down and ride up to Crater Lake National Park or, perhaps, up and over the hills to Ashland. If gravel is more your style, the OC&E Woods Line State Trail starts with some pavement and then goes gravel for miles and miles. Or, get off road and discover the dirt paths along the Brown Mountain, Spence Mountain, Moore Mountain trails and MUCH MORE! Come meet us in Klamath.
One of the best things about riding in Oregon is the sheer diversity of routes you can find. Follow sparkling rivers through deep forests? Yep. Tootle pleasantly through wine country? Got it. Long and challenging Cascade climbs? Love ‘em. But if you’re an appreciator of wide-open spaces with panoramic vistas and abounding wildlife, the newest Scenic Bikeway is going to put a smile on your face. The Bikeway begins and ends in the friendly and growing town of Lakeview. The Oregon Outback Scenic Bikeway offers striking scenery and a cycling challenge. Deep in the lightly populated area at the southern center of the state, it offers that sense of exploration you get when you’re the only vehicle on the road. You’ll be surrounded by abundant wildlife and panoramic views, in a place few Oregonians have been.
The 55-mile Cascade Siskiyou Scenic Bikeway, which starts and ends in beautiful Ashland, includes 5,085 feet of steep and winding climbing through oak savannah and fir forests. It also features some of the fastest descending you'll ever hope to find. Serious cyclists love this challenging 55-mile route that delivers switchbacks, scenery and speed. You can’t go fast downhill until you’ve paid your dues going up. The Cascade Siskiyou Scenic Bikeway starts and ends at Garfield Park in Ashland, home of the famous Oregon Shakespeare Festival, great restaurants, wineries and breweries. The official route leads east out of town for 2.5 miles before reaching your only course decision of the day. There’s plenty of climbing either way and anyone going clockwise completes most of the climbing in one long, 12-mile grind.
Oregon Timber Trail
The Oregon Timber Trail aptly starts in the middle of nowhere on the California border. You’ll leave Oregon’s highest town and traverse the 150 mile Fremont National Recreation Trail. You’ll be rewarded with the stunning views from Winter Rim, a feast at the legendary Cowboy Dinner Tree, and have the opportunity to stay at a number of primitive fire lookouts. The Fremont Tier is one of the most challenging Tiers but also one of the most rewarding. Services are few and far between but the landscapes you’ll pass through are unparalleled in the state. 15,000 years ago, much of the low basin range country and alkali lakes were part of a giant inland sea teeming with wildlife. North America’s first settlers lived on the shores of this vast body of water, living off the cornucopia of aquatic life.
Today the sea has dried up and its floor dried out. The mountains are buried in snow each winter, feeding the gurgling small rivers and streams that meander out into what is now ranchland. You’ll crest the highest point of the whole route at 8,200 feet shortly after starting and continue along ridgelines of ponderosas, rock and dry grassland. Nearby peaks offer rentable fire lookouts like Drake Peak, Currier Guard Station, Bald Butte, Fremont Point and Hager Mountain. The valleys are punctuated by trout streams, bird life, and even some relaxing hot springs.
The Fremont Tier is certainly the most remote of the whole Timber Trail. Trails may difficult to navigate and daily mileage may be slower than anticipated. This, combined with the minimal resupply points, means riders should be extra judicious when meal and water planning. The first 90 miles are remote and without services. There will be only two obvious bail points.
There are several long (~50 mile) sections without water, and the existing water sources are small intermittent springs. The quality and reliability of these are unknown. Check OregonTimberTrail.org for more current updates throughout the season.
The only supply points are in Lakeview, Paisley (7 miles off route at mile 89), Silver Lake (Mile 150), and Chemult (Mile 200).
Due to beetle kill and fires, many trees have fallen, blocking several segments of the the Fremont Tier. Be ready to re-route and create your own detours near Indian Ridge
Enjoy Crater Lake’s ‘backyard’
There’s plenty to do in Northern Klamath County!
Ride The Crater Lake Rim On Your Bike
Here’s your chance to enjoy one of the most spectacular bike rides in America with views of the Oregon Cascades and the bluest water in the world