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Old 09-08-22, 12:27 PM
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Crater Lake, Ride the Rim.

Anybody coming or going this Saturday or next?
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Old 09-08-22, 07:29 PM
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I have a friend coming down from a little north of Vancouver, WA.
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Old 09-09-22, 12:12 AM
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gawd i wish.
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Ive ridden around it twice as part of Cycle Oregon. The first we rode the 12 mile up from Diamond Lake, went around then rode back down to camp. When I finished the circumnavigation I was so tired I didnt even want to descend for 12 miles. I remember grabbing a left over baked potato wrapped in foil from what had been the lunch stop earlier that day. Peeled back some of the foil, stuck the potato in a jersey pocket and took periodic bites on the way down.

The second time we started from Ft. Klamath, climbed to the rim, went around and then descended all the way to Prospect.

Both rides aged me.

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Old 09-10-22, 10:20 PM
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
The second time we started from Ft. Klamath, climbed to the rim, went around and then descended all the way to Prospect.
Both rides aged me.
That's a heck of a day! My buddy and I started at the visitors center and did the loop and that was about perfect. It's certainly a gorgeous ride.

I can't imagine starting in Fort Klamath, climbing to the rim, riding the loop, and then finishing in Prospect...
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Old 09-20-22, 11:14 AM
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Originally Posted by mtnbud View Post

I can't imagine starting in Fort Klamath, climbing to the rim, riding the loop, and then finishing in Prospect...
It was literally freezing when we woke up. Ice on the tent fly and poles freezing. It was still very cold when we started riding. My eyeballs hurt. The sun finally rose above the hills. A couple of people stopped, removed their gloves and held up their hands in the direction of the sun.

Here is the profile for the first time, when CO started the day from Diamond Lake and returned there. The ride organizers screwed up and didn't get snacks and stuff to the end of the Cloud Cap Overlook spur early. When the van finally showed up with stuff, people swarmed it like locusts. I remember grabbing a pack of knock-off Strawberry Newtons. It was completely sealed, but when I removed the top cover one the two rows of cookies was empty. Probably a factory reject that got donated to the event.
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Old 09-20-22, 12:32 PM
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I'd love to see it without all the smoke of my last visit; I couldn't see the lake, and just an outline of wizard island. That whole area was empty, quiet, and eerie.

Day 3 of Craters 1200 - 180 miles from Roseburg up to the rim then down to Klamath Falls. Man that was a hard day on the bike. The really annoying bit about that day was, we climbed about 7k feet but only got to descent 4k. The extra descending was via Amtrak; I still feel the world owes me 3k feet of descending.



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When we eventually rode into Klamath Falls I said to my GF I never thought I would ride into a town that makes Butte, MT, look nice. Five people had there bikes stolen while they were at the evening festivities across the road from the camping area.

P.S. I actually like Butte. Ive stayed there three times during selt contained tours, but always indoors.
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I'd love to see it without all the smoke of my last visit;
Go in June or early July.


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The ideal time to do this ride is when they have cleared the east road of snow but haven't yet opened it to car traffic. We got there the day after it opened, so it was kind of heavy, but the weather was perfect, the visibility was excellent, and that white stuff around the rim is snow.
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
When we eventually rode into Klamath Falls I said to my GF I never thought I would ride into a town that makes Butte, MT, look nice. Five people had there bikes stolen while they were at the evening festivities across the road from the camping area.

P.S. I actually like Butte. Ive stayed there three times during selt contained tours, but always indoors.
We went for a hike in Klamath Falls (with the bikes locked in a hotel room). I kept looking over my shoulder because I thought we were going to get mugged.
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Originally Posted by mtnbud View Post
That's a heck of a day! My buddy and I started at the visitors center and did the loop and that was about perfect. It's certainly a gorgeous ride.

I can't imagine starting in Fort Klamath, climbing to the rim, riding the loop, and then finishing in Prospect...
That was my second Cycle Oregon. Rode it on my avatar photo fix gear, 42-23 low. Took a wrong turn at the fork, rode down to nearly the north gate and back up, then around. Didn't appreciate the rim views. It was just "get me to lunch"! Once eaten, the long downhill to Prospect was fun. Basically, a 10,000' century.

By contrast, doing it 7 years later and older on the same bike, now with a 24 tooth sprocket from Diamond Lake and the north entrance was not a big deal. Now, that north entrance descent was a blast both times! (42-12)
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