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Crater lake Century Question

PostPosted: Thu Aug 07, 2008 11:49 am
by pjmsj211
My wife and I are registered for this ride and are somewhat aprehensive about the climbing. Can anyone give us an idea as to the grade for the ascent to the rim or any other useful information on this ride?


Pat Mc

PostPosted: Thu Aug 07, 2008 12:03 pm
by Force 5 Robert
Whoo boy. Climbing is a kind word for that ride. I assume does this ride go up and around the Rim Drive?

I did this ride on last years CO...

The climb to the lake itself is quite a climb. Not impossible but it is a good bit of climbing. Then you start to climb some more. There are some good relef in the form of some downhills but every one of those is followed by a stiff climb again. By the time I had made it around the entire lake I was shot BUT felt so good about doing the loop.

The views were incredible and there are a lot of places to sight see and learn about the lake.


PostPosted: Thu Aug 07, 2008 12:15 pm
by dunshay04
From which direction are you approaching the lake? In 2004 we approached it from the south entrance of the park. In 2007 the approach was from the north entrance. I've heard the climbing (grade) is considerably different. More challenging from the south. Are you riding around the lake counterclockwise or clockwise? I've heard that makes a difference too. I didn't get to ride around the lake in the 2004 CO because they closed the course due to a snow storm. Park ranger came to camp the night before and said "there are two seasons at Craker Lake -- August and Winter -- and it isn't August anymore." I didn't ride CO last year, but heard the weather was nice. Good luck and take some extra layers.

Crater Lake Century

PostPosted: Thu Aug 07, 2008 3:50 pm
by pjmsj211
It looks as if the approach is from the South and the ride around the lake is clockwise.

Pat Mc

CRater Lake Climb

PostPosted: Sun Aug 17, 2008 6:42 pm
by wayneh
Last year was the third time I rode up to Crater Lake courtesy of CO. The approach fro the south rises up to the park entrance, has some gradual ascents, then down across a plateau before starting the final long grid up to the rim and the overlook. With the right gearing it's just a steady go of it, but a bit of a grind nonetheless.

Riding around the lake is a series of climbs and descents - I don't think there's much of a flat spot to be had. So there's a lot of gearing and trying to capture momentum getting into the climbs. There are a number of great viewpoints as you go around the east side of the rim, the views are unmatched. I tried to pace myself and actually enjoyed the tide much more than the first time I did this route, where I really struggled with the constant climbing and descending.

I remember going up the othert route in 2004 as ascending into gradually deteriorating weather and finally arriving at the rim in miserable conditions. I felt sorry for the folks manning the food lines. You couldn't even see the lake - in fact, the only picture we have is of a framed photo inside the lodge where we had lunch. I was probably one of the last to leave on a bike, betting that as I got lower the weather would improve, and luckily that was the case. I ended up having a marvelous downhill run into camp, a great personal memory, but it sure was touch and go for the first few miles.

Crater Lake is a great, challenging, special ride. Have a great time!

Crater Lake Century

PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2008 1:01 pm
by pjmsj211
Well thanks everyone for all of your input.

We completed the ride including going around the lake. We opted to ride the century course but leave out the 20 miles of flat riding at the start(actually just about the only flat riding) so we came in with a total of 80 miles and 7500 feet of climbing. Thus we now feel pretty good about CO.

We wished there were a few less cars circumnavigating the rim, but I guess you could say that about most rides. But all in all a nice but challenging ride.

Pat Mc