Crater Lake National Park is another gorgeous US National Park that is best seen from the bicycle. There are 5 significant climbs up to the lake from all directions, and the 33 mile loop around the lake offers the best views you can get.
Cycling Crater Lake, Oregon
One of the most scenic and iconic bike climbs in the US.
There are several routes to and around Crater Lake which we have charted and are accessed via the map and list above, or by clicking on the photo collage at the top of the page.
Fun facts about Crater Lake:
Image from faxvin.
Rim Drive (also known as Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway) is the best way to see Crater Lake by bike or car. The 33 mile (53 km) road follows the lake and has loops around the caldera, eight observation points, and 15 vista turnouts. Rim Drive is so unique and scenic that it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2008. Many publications and websites list Rim Drive as among the most scenic roads in the US.
There are three entrances to the park.
Lower photo: Crater Lake Institute.
Wizard Island is one of the great photo opportunities and iconic views on and around Crater Lake.
Roads: The park is open year round, but roads may be (and often are) closed into late May.
Visitor Centers: There are two Visitor Centers in Crater Lake National Park and they are both on the south side of the lake.
Where to Stay:
Camp: Mazama Campground is the closest campsite to the lake and where we stayed (Google Map + Reviews).
Crater Lake Lodge: To squeeze out every ounce of your visit to Crater Lake National Park, consider staying at the historic and rustic Crater Lake Lodge, the only place to stay in the park that overlooks the lake (Google Map + Reviews).
Be sure to book early because this lodge sells out very quickly. As of June 2021, rooms start at $229 (NPS - Crater Lake Lodge).