The Crater Lake 1000K is an incredible, unforgettable ride that will take you down almost the full length of the Oregon coast before a 100 mile climb up to the lake. It’s challenging, but no journey to such a sacred places should be without challenge. Crater Lake is a magical, wondrous place. Getting there by bike puts you in the right frame of mind to really appreciate it. I, your humble blog editor, rode it in 2013 and, as a result of ill advised sleep choices, reached the lake at dawn. It was worth it. -Theo Roffe
Crater Lake at dawn. Photo by Theo Roffe
Ride organizer Vinny Muoneke says:
The route will be basically as in previous years. Night start in Bremerton and follow old Belfair highway to Belfair then run along the Hood Canal to Shelton and Matlock heading out to the coast Via Raymond. Then to Nasselle and cross the Astoria Bridge at the mouth of the mighty Columbia river and witness the beauty of the Oregon coast. Sleep for some in Pacific City and staying with the pacific ocean mostly till its sand dunes start to swell on your way south.
At Reedsport you turn inland hopefully through an Elk reserve to encounter the wonderfully deceptive camp creek road, anticipate a gravel descent to sleep for some in Roseburg Day 3 features the “100 mile climb”, up to the rim Village of Crater Lake at close to 8000ft ASL and a rip off of a descent to Fort Klammmath which is above 4000ft ASL There may be some gravel on the way to the finish in Klammath Falls.
Watch soon for a preliminary route the final route must come after the pre-ride.
I will take your drop bags to Pacific City. Roseburg both overnight controls and Klammath Falls Riders who plan well ahead are ok to make their own hotel arrangements already. Your return may be by Train in a special box provided by Amtrak at the station, Plane, or Bike. In fact Eric Larsen plotted a lovely course South to The Bay area. https://rusa.org/cgi-bin/permview_GF.pl?permid=2066
The airport in Klammath Falls is pretty small, If you return as most by train be ready remove and turn your handlebars and remove your pedals.
That’s Rando! Vinny and Mark at Crater Lake. Photo stolen from Joe Platzner.
Organizers: Vincent Muoneke
Date: Ride will start at 21:30 on Friday 09/23/2016
Riders coming from Seattle on the Ferry must join a 19:55 boat or earlier departure.
Start Location: Bremerton WA Ferry Terminal
End Location: Olympic Inn at Klammath Falls OR
Directions: We will gather for pre ride briefing at the terminal next to Starbucks
Ride Fee: $150 (for non-members it is $160, which includes SIR membership).
Registration and essential information are on the SIR website: http://seattlerando.org/sir_content/fall1000.htm
Discussion, photos, planning, and encouragement are in a Facebook group, so log on, request access, and check it out: https://www.facebook.com/groups/236611246735366/