Rider Guide & Ride Info – Sep 12 & 19, 2020

 2020 Guide COMING SOON



East Rim, the official vehicle free route and approximately 25 miles, will open at 8:00 am and will remain closed to vehicles until 6:00 pm. The East Rim can take roughly 4 hours to complete, give or take an hour based on individual experience levels. Please plan accordingly and start at an appropriate time. Riders can choose to continue past the vehicle free portion and complete the entire Rim Drive, which makes the ride a total of 33 miles. The additional stretch of riding with traffic and no shoulder does have a significant incline in narrow switchbacks for a small section, but is a great accomplishment for those that complete it.


We ask that ALL riders, runners and walkers, registered or not, please check in the morning of the ride at either the North Junction or Park HQ.   


Please perform a thorough inspection of your equipment BEFORE event day. Check your equipment and don’t forget your helmet. It is a good idea to come prepared to fix a flat or tube, however, each rest stop will have a basic bike repair kit available (but will not be for every bike type).


Park Fees still apply to anyone entering Crater Lake National Park during the Ride the Rim event. See a park fee schedule here.


Vehicle Parking is located at the Steel Visitor Center/Park HQ (larger parking lot), North Junction (limited parking) and Picnic Hill (between Rim Village and Crater Lake Lodge). We highly recommend ride sharing if you know someone else attending.


A FREE Shuttle Service will be offered for those not completing the entire Rim Drive. Shuttles pick up at the Steel Visitor Center/Park HQ, Rim Village and North Junction. Multiple Shuttles will be transporting participants throughout the duration of the event and will travel both directions. The Shuttle will also have limited space during each trip. The Shuttle Service accommodates up to 50 passengers per trip and DOES NOT transport bikes. Please use the bike corral to house your bike while you use The Shuttle to return to your vehicle. You will then need to return by car to retrieve your bike.


Please be aware this ride, although not long at approximately 25 miles, has steep inclines and declines.  With roughly 3,500 feet in net elevation gain this ride is for intermediate to advanced riders.  Exercise caution on downhill grades, as speeds of over 40 mph are likely, which can cause injury or death in the event of a crash.  Be alert for less-experienced riders.  Stay well-hydrated, as inclines are steep and long, and you will be riding at elevations above 5,000 feet where the air is thinner.  Apply sunscreen liberally, as skin exposed to UV rays at higher elevations can receive severe sunburn.


While cell phone service is spotty within park boundaries at Crater Lake National Park, dialing 9-1-1 will still work in case of an emergency no matter your location. Today’s technology can provide a 9-1-1 operator your location where they can easily dispatch help to your location, even if you don’t actually talk to a person.


While this is a pedestrian friendly event, we realize you may need some assistance from time to time. We do allow a Class I Pedal Assist which means the assist is only activated through a pedaling action and is limited to relatively low speeds. In order to keep this event vehicle free, we do not allow any bikes to be self-propelled. Anything above a Class I Pedal Assist is prohibited.


If you did not choose to have your merchandise shipped, you can pick up your merchandise at Discover Klamath Visitor and Convention Bureau on Fridays, September 11th & 18th from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.  at 205 Riverside Drive in Klamath Falls.

Or, the day of the event at the Park HQ Rest Stop only.


Bike rentals will be available from the following businesses for those that do not want to bring their own bikes. Arrangements will need to be made in advance.

Zach's Bikes
Klamath Falls, OR

Tall Town Bike & Camp
Lakeview, OR

Sky Lakes Wilderness Rentals
Chiloquin, OR

Hutch’s Bicycles
Bend-Eastside 541.382.6248
Bend-Westside 541.382.9253
Redmond 541.548.8200



5 rest stops will be on the East Rim located at North Junction, Cleetwood Cove, White Bark Pine, Dutton Ridge, and Steel Visitor Center.  Each stop is staffed with volunteers including members of Friends of Crater Lake due to their knowledge of Crater Lake.

Each rest stop will also have:

  • Snacks
  • Restrooms
  • Waste Receptacles
  • Basic First Aid Kits
  • Basic Bike Repair Tools
  • Encouragement & Support
  • Water (bring refillable bottles)


You can export the route to your GPS by going to https://ridewithgps.com/routes and choosing the export option.


A bicycle rider is considered traffic.  Along the route, you may encounter other riders traveling in the opposite direction.  So be SMART!  Please adhere to the “Rules of the Road”.  Follow the strict centerline rule and ride to the right of the centerline AT ALL TIMES.  Ride no more than two abreast.


***As the ride is taking place on Saturday, please be sure to be extra careful coming down after the Dutton Ridge rest stop as you can pick up higher speeds and road can be narrow and curvy in spots.  Riders MUST obey all posted speed limit signs.***



We offer a free bike corral at the North Junction and Park HQ while you retrieve your vehicle using the FREE Shuttle Service.


Food can be found immediately within Crater Lake NP after the ride at the following locations:

  • Rim Village Cafe
  • Crater Lake Lodge Dining Room
  • Annie Creek Restaurant (located near the South Entrance pay station)
  • Mazama Village Store

You can also find food nearby Crater Lake NP at the following locations:

Fort Klamath:


Rocky Point:

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