Southern Oregon Tour
7 Day Tour
Meet September 6; Ride September 7 - 13, 2014
Non-refundable deposit: $229
Total cost: $915
Single supplement: Due to accommodation limits we are unable to offer a single supplement
Ride on quiet roads with minimal traffic for most of this tour. Lunch at Crater Lake, spend an evening at the theater or enjoy dining at the edge of Lithia Park in Ashland, and explore Jacksonville or just enjoy a break in Doc Griffin Park. Use your day off rafting on the Rogue River, hiking, exploring this area on your bike or just relaxing on the deck with Rogue River running next to it. The last day of tour takes you through scenic back roads via historic Wolf Creek to the BLM Cow Creek route back to Canyonville. This tour includes 8 nights lodging.
What to expect
This tour provides the STANDARD Level of support as described on the Club Tours FAQ page.
LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY
This tour is rated as Moderate difficulty but intended to be ridden at a Steady pace. This tour has a 63-mile daily average with elevation gains averaging 4,000’ per day. Two of the days are approximately 80 miles. Although the route generally traverses lightly travelled rural roads, there are occasional stretches with no shoulder or significant traffic.
September weather in Southern Oregon is mostly dry with highs in the 70-high 80s. It can be cool-cold at Crater Lake and it could be in 90s in Ashland area.
This tour will provide some breakfasts as well as all snacks and lunch on riding days. Dinners are not covered. Restaurants are available at all of our overnight stops.
Quality of lodging varies from basic and rustic to quite nice and include hotels, motels, and cabins. Our rest day has us in lodging with quite nice shared living space.
Canyonville is located approximately 430 miles south of Seattle. Carpooling is encouraged.
All elevations are based on RidewithGPS. Actual elevations may be less.
Saturday, September 6
We meet the first night in Canyonville and get to know each other during a brief informational meeting.
Sunday, September 7
Canyonville to Shady Cove, 53 miles - 3380’
We follow South Umpqua River for about 24 miles before climbing to a 3300’ summit. We then gradually descend to Shady Cove on the Rogue River and our hotel adjacent to Upper Rogue County Park.
Monday, September 8
Shady Grove to Prospect, 51 miles - 3580’
Today’s route takes us on quiet back roads to Prospect via Butte Falls. Visit the Butte Falls general store, the railroad museum, or just relax at Ernest W Smith Memorial Park. We continue to Prospect in the afternoon, stopping at Prospect State Scenic Viewpoint to view Mill Falls on the Rogue River. We spend the night at the historic Prospect Hotel.
Tuesday, September 9
Prospect to Crater Lake, 43 miles - 4800’
Today is Crater Lake! But just 10 miles down the road from Prospect, you’ll want your walking shoes handy as we stop to take in Natural Bridge Falls on the Rogue River. If you need a second coffee, try Becky’s Café in Union Creek. We continue a gradual climb toward the lake, passing Mazama Village near the south entrance to Crater Lake National Park. We’ll set up lunch before the final climb to the lake – giving you opportunity to eat before the ascent or on your return to Mazama Village where we will spend the night.
Wednesday, September 10
Mazama Village to Ashland, 86 miles, 3350’, with 7450' loss
We have lots of downhill today (we lose approximately 7500’) as we descend from Crater Lake to Ashland It will be chilly as we start the day, but will warm up quickly as we lose elevation and the sun has time to warm up the day. The scenery changes quickly and you won’t be bored. Our lodging in Ashland is in the center of town where you are close to the theater, Lithia Park, and numerous restaurants.
Thursday, September 11
Ashland to Galice, 74 miles – 2500’, with 3360' loss
We leave the city on a 15-mile bike trail and continue to the historic town of Jacksonville. After climbing out of Jacksonville, our payback is a long gradual descent to Applegate Rd – a great chance to stop for coffee or ice cream. We continue on a quiet backroad through vineyards following the Applegate River for 14 miles before turning north towards Tussing Park on the Rogue River for a late lunch. Our day ends at Galice Resort, an idyllic spot on the Rogue River.
Friday, September 12
Galice Resort is a remarkable spot on the Rogue River. Go rafting, take a hike, explore the area on your bike, or just hang out on deck overlooking the Rogue River.
Saturday, September 13
Galice to Canyonville, 73 miles – 3400’
We start our day climbing along the Rogue River on remarkably lovely and extremely quiet roads on our way to historic Wolf Creek. Following a climb out of Wolf Creek with a short 2 miles on a quiet section of I-5, you will be rewarded with a lovely ride back to Canyonville on BLM roads and along Cow Creek, descending gradually for most of the last 50 miles. You’ll find ‘real ‘ice cream at the Canyonville drive-in. Take the time to relax with a sauna or swim at hotel because your tour includes lodging for this last day. Rest up for drive home and share memories with your fellow tour participants before driving home Sunday.