Cascade Cols Oregon Bike Tour - Lizard Head Cycling Guides
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Cascade Cols Oregon Bike Tour

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Cascade Cols Bike Tour: Highlights

Our Cascade Cols Oregon bike tour was designed to complement our Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park tours. Although the Cascade Cols tours offers a bit more overall challenge than our Glacier tour, if one has ridden in Glacier the Cascade Cols would be a good tour choice.

The Cascade Cols covers some of the most remote and car-free terrain within the Cascade Range of southeast Oregon traveling between three national forests, visiting Crater Lake, riding through dense old growth forests and offering stunning views around every turn. This should be every cyclists bucket list tour!

In 2017 we took an intermediate to advanced-level group of long time Lizard Head Cycling riders on the Cascade Cols tour. These clients reported that they loved the Cascade Cols tour with a few saying it was their favorite Lizard Head Cycling tour ever. High praise!

You can doooo it! On Lizard Head Cycling tours one can customize each day’s mileage. We offer “bumps” from each aid station. These are 10 to 15 mile shuttles down the road that put cyclists out front. This is something we are well known for. Yes, we offer full sag support each day of our tours. It is not about riding ALL the miles, it is about getting out there and giving it your best.

Overall, the Cascade Cols tour is not considered one of our most difficult tours. Yes, there are a couple of big climbs: such as up to Crater Lake and McKenzie Pass, but overall the tour is a good tour for intermediate, upper-intermediate and advanced level. NOTE: We can shuttle riders part way up these climbs.

Cascade Cols Bike Tour: Testimonials

Read what previous guests on our Cascade Cols Bike tour have been saying…

Fantastic trip, leaders, people and rides. MY FAVORITE WAS MCKENZIE PASS!!!!!!! – Sue

The trip’s been great so far. Deanne and Rashid have been terrific and the weather at Crater Lake alone made the trip a success. Never expected to snowshoe in June! – David

McKenzie Pass. One of my most favorite rides ever. Our guides, Deanne and Rashid, are very good together. The massage therapist on tour is so accommodating and she is very, very good at massages. Buddy just mentioned his massage was A+. – Louise

After riding around [Crater lake] many of us went over in the afternoon to hike down to the lake for a swim and will admit that everybody thought it was amazing with the most spectacular deep blue we’ve ever experienced. Plus the temperature was really nice. – David C.

Cascade Cols Bike Tour: Dates

Potential tour dates are listed below and not all tour dates will run. Lock in your preferred tour date early as unopened tour dates will be closed. Please see the Spring/Autumn Tour Calendar and the Summer Tour Calendar for confirmed departures. Any unopened date can be a Custom Week (9 riders required). Please contact us via email or call 970.728.5891

To easily register for a particular tour, please click the Book Now! link after the tour date listed below. This will select the tour name and the appropriate date on the registration form.

NOTE: If the summer dates for the Cascade Cols do not work for you, consider our Colorado Cols tour.

2022 Tour Dates

Tour Status Notes: NO STATUS = Date Set, no riders have signed up. TOUR OPENED = Tour Opened, rider minimums not met. TOUR A GO! = Tour is Go, rider minimums met. SOLD OUT = Tour Full, rider maximums met.

Cascade Cols Bike Tour: Overview

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Arrival Town/Airport: Eugene, Oregon (Eugene Airport – EUG) or Portland, Oregon (Portland International Airport – PDX). Note: If arriving into Portland, you will need to take a shuttle (such as Groome Transportation) the day prior to the tour start to Eugene where the tour starts the following day.

Departing Town/Airport: Eugene, Oregon (Eugene Airport – EUG) or Portland, Oregon (Portland International Airport – PDX) Note: If departing from Portland, you will need to take a shuttle (such as Groome Transportation) back to Portland.

Tour Length: 7-Days Cycling/6-Nights Lodging (Includes one layover day in Bend, Oregon with an optional loop ride)

Total Miles: 380 Miles, 7-Day. (Can I keep up on this tour?)

Ability Level: Upper Intermediate (3) , Advanced (3/4) , Expert (4) – Several long climbs to higher elevations and overall higher mileage days.

Tour Cost: $3,090 per person. Group discount of $200 per person for groups of 4 or more.
Please see our Tour Discounts Policy.

Single Room Supplement: Add $600 ($100 per night x 6 nights) for a private room on each night of the tour.

Tour Includes: 6-nights of exceptional lodging, guide service, all meals (aside from 1 dinner), forest service fees, energy food, liquid refreshments, shuttles and mechanical support. Alcoholic beverages, bike rental and massage are additional.

Lodging for 6 Nights: (subject to change)

Meeting Hotel and Ending Hotel reservations and costs are NOT included unless specified otherwise. Guests are on-their-own to make reservations at the Meeting Hotel or Ending Hotel, or other nearby hotels.

Road Bike Rentals

The Scott Addict 10 Disc was designed from the ground up with those longer days in mind. With geometry that is less focused on racing and more on enduring, the Addict 10 will be your go to when you’re looking to put the miles in.

The Scott Addict 10 Disc features: Carbon Frame and Fork, Shimano Ultegra 2x11 Drivetrain, 34x32 Compact Gearing, 30mm Tires, and Hydraulic Disc Brakes. Approx. Weight: 16.89 lbs / 7.66 kg (without pedals)

Learn More: Click Here to learn more about our Road Bike Rentals including pricing.

Road E-Bike Rentals: Click Here for more information on our Road E-Bike Rentals including pricing.

Couples Bike Rental Discount: Sign up as a couple and receive one free Road Bike Rental per couple for a one week tour. ($250 value. Pedal bikes only. E-Bikes excluded.)

Tandems and Recumbents Lizard Head Cycling Guides happily accommodates both tandem and recumbent bikes on our tours.

If you have any further questions, please read more on our Rental Bikes FAQ page. You can also email us at or call us at 970.728.5891

Meals On Tour

Lunches: Lizard Head Cycling Guides prepares healthy lunches to keep you going. We will serve you fresh organic fruits and veggies, salads, hummus, sandwich fixings, nuts, gourmet cheeses and of course plenty of salty/sweet snacks such as chips and cookies. We pride ourselves on being able to cater to specific dietary requests, so rest assured that you will be able to get the nutrition that works for you during the week. Gluten Free, Dairy Free or a someone who loves it all – we will keep you well fed during the tour!

Dinners: Lizard Head Cycling sources our favorite restaurants in each town that we visit. Our guides focus on establishments that offer fresh and local ingredients. Guests choose whatever they desire to eat off the menu: including appetizer, salad, entree and of course dessert... yum! :) Also, while on tour if a guest wants to dine early before the group and go to bed, this is fine. We understand that on some days sleep is the most important post-ride element.

Overall Route Map

Cascade Cols Bike Tour: Itinerary*

*Tour itineraries are subject to change and modification based on the group, available accommodations, road construction, and other unforeseen circumstances including weather, wildfires, flooding, hurricanes, landslides and/or other acts of nature. Please view this itinerary as a general outline as to what to expect on this tour.

Day 1: Cottage Grove to Steamboat Inn
50 miles with up to 4,120 feet of climbing

Following a short shuttle from Eugene, Oregon, we tackle the first day starting from Cottage Grove, Oregon soon finding ourselves deep in the dense Oregon forest. About halfway into our ride, we hit our first big climb of the tour up a Category 1 hill with an average grade of 10% and then enjoy a rapid descent to our accommodations at the Steamboat Inn.

50 miles +4120 ft / -3650 ft

Day 2: Steamboat Inn to Crater Lake
63 miles with up to 7,940 feet of climbing

Today offers a deceptively challenging ride as we gradually attain an elevation gain of nearly 8,000′ over the course of the day until we reach the indescribable beauty of Crater Lake. We then ride around the western rim of Crater Lake stopping to enjoy the views along the way and then end the ride at Crater Lake Lodge.

63 miles +7940 ft / -1990 ft

Day 3: Layover – Crater Lake Loop
33 miles with up to 4,020 feet of climbing

Today is the day to take in the entire splendor of Crater Lake with a casual loop ride around this magnificent natural wonder. We ride in the morning and then take an afternoon water cruise to Wizard Island.

33 miles +4020 ft / -4020 ft

Day 4: Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway
69 miles with up to 3,450 feet of climbing

Today is all about the beauty of the Cascades as we ride along the gorgeous Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway with magnificent views of it’s many lakes and stunning views of Mt. Bachelor. We finish in Bend, Oregon and check into our quirky accommodations at McMenamins Old St. Francis School, our home for the next two nights.

69 miles +3450 ft / -4345 ft

Day 5: Layover – Twin Bridges Scenic Bikeway
35 miles with up to 1,615 feet of climbing

After four days of challenging riding, today is a perfect day to give the legs a well deserved rest as you explore the town of Bend and simply relax. There will be an optional on-your-own 35 mile Twin Bridges Scenic Bikeway ride for those looking to keep on pedaling.

35 miles +1615 ft / -1615 ft

Day 6: McKenzie Pass
Standard: 38 miles with up to 2,325 feet of climbing
E.F.I.: 58 miles with up to 3,565 feet of climbing

Departing from Bend, the morning offers an easy 20 mile ride to Sisters, Oregon from where we ride up to McKenzie Pass and amaze in it’s otherworldly volcanic beauty. Those looking for a shorted distance can shuttle to Sisters. We then enjoy a 23 mile descent to end the day at Belknap Hotsprings and Lodge to take a well deserved dip in the refreshing warm waters.

38 miles +2325 ft / -3870 ft

Day 7: Aufderheide Scenic Highway
68 miles with up to 3,630 feet of climbing

Saving the best for last, our final day starts from Belknap Hotsprings to the start of the Aufderheide Scenic Highway where we meander deep into the old growth forest riding along perhaps the best kept secret in all of Oregon. We end in Westfir, Oregon and then shuttle back to the starting town to end our tour.

68 miles +3630 ft / -4205 ft

Cascade Cols Bike Tour: Logistics & FAQs

General Tour & Cancellation Policies

Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with all of our tour and cancellation policies, which can be found by clicking here.

Travel Insurance

Lizard Head Cycling Guides highly recommends clients purchase Travel Insurance through TripAssure. A policy can be purchased individually through the sales link below.

The estimated cost for a 50-year old buying insurance for a $2,500 tour ranges from $100 (standard plan) to about $200 (cancel for any reason plan).

Lizard Head Cycling Guides Custom Sales Portal Link is:

  • The best options for our clients are either the Asset or Bridge plans.
  • The Asset-Plus & Complete plans both include a Cancel-For-Any-Reason option.
    • As a result these plans cost more.
    • The Cancel-for-Any-Reason option is only available when insurance is purchased within two weeks of initial deposit.
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