Bicycling

Bicyclists riding along East Rim Drive with view of Crater Lake in the background.
Three cyclists ride along East Rim Drive.

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Riding Rim Drive

Each year, increasing numbers of bicyclists come to Crater Lake National Park to ride around the lake and enjoy the spectacular views.

Rim Drive is 33 miles (53 km) and physically demanding with steep grades at high altitude. Riders face many hazards including accelerated speeds on steep downhill sections, narrow roads without shoulders, rocks, animals, potholes and other road and weather-related dangers.

Only cyclists experienced at riding with elevated vehicle traffic in two directions, should consider biking at Crater Lake. Cycling the three miles of road between park headquarters and Rim Village is discouraged due to limited sight distance, and a narrow, steep, winding road with heavy traffic.

 

Rules and Safety

Drinking water is available only at Rim Village and Mazama Village.

Bicyclists may ride the roads anytime motor vehicles are allowed. Bicycles are also permitted on Rim Drive and North Entrance Road, during the seasonal periods when the road is snow free and closed to motor vehicles. When Rim Drive is closed to motor vehicles but open to bicycles, riders may ride side by side; however they should be aware of vehicles using the roadway for administrative use.
  • Park roads do not have bike lanes or shoulders. Use extreme caution particularly along narrow corridors and blind curves.
  • Cyclists must respect and obey all rules that apply to automobile traffic, including speed limits and stop signs.
  • Riding a bicycle abreast of another rider is not allowed. Please ride single file.
  • Cyclists unaccustomed to high altitudes may find that the elevation makes breathing difficult and the trip may take longer than anticipated.
  • Wear a helmet and brightly colored clothing to help drivers see you. Helmets are required for riders under the age of 16.
  • Bikes are not allowed on trails. The park has one dirt road, Grayback Drive, where mountain biking is allowed.
 

Learn and Explore

Bicycling To and Through the Park

Getting Here by Bicycle

All routes into the park have long, steep grades. Because road conditions are unfavorable to cyclists most of the year, and because many roads are closed during the long winter, we recommend you plan trips only for the summer months July, August, and September.

Entrance stations provide maps and information during summer daytime hours. Fees to enter the park are payable at the entrance stations.

Mountain Biking on Grayback Drive

Crater Lake has one dirt road where mountain biking is allowed. Grayback Drive provides eight miles of unpaved and vehicle free roadway. Those seeking the thrill of single track trails will have to look outside the park. Crater Lake does not offer any single track mountain biking trails.

E-Bikes

For a description, regulations, and safety regarding e-bikes in national parks go to Electric Bicycles (e-bikes) in National Parks.

Winter Fat Tire Biking

The activity of fat tire biking is growing in popularity in many winter recreation areas. Current park regulation prohibit the use and operation of fat tire bikes on winter trails within the park.

Vehicle-Free Days on East Rim Drive

Two Saturdays a year East Rim Drive is closed to vehicle traffic, allowing bicyclists and pedestrians an opportunity to enjoy 24 miles (39 km) of scenic roadway without vehicle noise and traffic. For more information regarding the 2022 event on September 10th & 17th visit the official website of “Ride the Rim”. This includes a Route Map & Elevation Chart .

 

Waypoints and Distances Around Rim Drive

Point Name

Total Mileage

Distance (from last)

Climb (feet)

Elevation (feet)

Park HQ

0.0 mi

0.0 mi

0

6450

Rim Village

3.0

3.0

650

7100

Discovery Point

4.1

1.1

50

7100

Watchman Trailhead

6.8

2.7

400

7350

North Junction

9.1

2.3

200

7050

Cleetwood Cove

13.7

4.6

450

6850

Wineglass

16.5

2.8

350

6700

Skell Head

17.9

1.4

400

7100

Cloudcap

20.9

2.6

600

7700

Kerr Notch

24.4

3.5

0

6700

Dutton Ridge

27.0

2.6

650

7350

Vidae Falls

30.0

3.0

0

6600

Park HQ

33.0

3.0

150

6450

Last updated: June 7, 2022

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