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Old 05-09-2013, 05:49 PM   #1
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Yosemite to Crater Lake Oregon

Going to be heading that way in about 10 days. All new to me. I'd appreciate any suggestions for routes, with preference being paved and no big highways. Backroads, small towns, scenery, history are all positives. Say 2.5-3 days worth, but I could flex that.

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Old 05-09-2013, 06:30 PM   #2
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Wicked Great route

After you leave Yosemite, get on hwy 49 and head north, it's a great ride and it conects to hwy 89 just north of Sierra City. from there head north on hwy 89 to Quincy, then Greenville. At Canyon Dam take hwy 147 to Westwood, there is a great place to eat Called The Old mill Cafe, in Westwood there is a county road A-21 that connect to Hwy 44. That turns into hwy 89 and cuts over to Interstate 5, you are only on 5 for a short distance. Take hwy 97 to Klamath Falls, and it's a short hop to Crater Lake from there. If you only have 3 days it's mostly going to be riding not exploring, but this is a great route and lots of great views. Have fun, and maybe I'll see you at the Old Mill Cafe, by the way my son owns the cafe!!!!!
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Old 05-09-2013, 06:42 PM   #3
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there should be lots of snow at Crater Lake I was there in July and the snow was still 6 foot+. have fun and that is a great list of roads
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Old 05-09-2013, 10:28 PM   #4
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RodT has your route planned... I might recommend going around lassen to the East over to burney and come into K falls from the East. just so many options. But 49 is a must.
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Old 05-10-2013, 03:50 AM   #5
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Thank y'all VERY much. I had another route planned but that had to be changed, so this sounds GREAT!

I know Crater Lake may be iffy because of snow. But nothing ventured nothing gained, right.
Really look forward to this. There will be lots of exploring along the way, but you just can't do everything. After that heading to Hell's Canyon area then Missouri Breaks then back home. If I don't have enough time there are Plan B and C.


I hope to try your son's Cafe, but do not know on what day. I will look for it though.
I'll be on a Black/ yellow r1200r
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Old 05-10-2013, 07:12 AM   #6
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Make sure you ride out to glacier point.. Look me up if you have any problems I am 15 mi from the south entrance
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Old 05-15-2013, 02:57 PM   #7
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CA 49 and 89!

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rodt has your route planned... I might recommend going around lassen to the east over to burney and come into k falls from the east. Just so many options. But 49 is a must.

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Make sure you ride out to glacier point.. Look me up if you have any problems I am 15 mi from the south entrance
Glacier Point road just opened this past weekend (I was there but hiked up from the valley floor).
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Old 05-16-2013, 12:21 PM   #8
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Crater Lake N. Entrance was announced as open today. I'm not sure if it is a record early opening, but it might be.

The Rim Drive is not fully open yet.
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Old 05-12-2013, 08:32 AM   #9
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After you leave Yosemite, get on hwy 49 and head north, it's a great ride and it conects to hwy 89 just north of Sierra City. from there head north on hwy 89 to Quincy, then Greenville. At Canyon Dam take hwy 147 to Westwood, there is a great place to eat Called The Old mill Cafe, in Westwood there is a county road A-21 that connect to Hwy 44. That turns into hwy 89 and cuts over to Interstate 5, you are only on 5 for a short distance.
Since OP is interested in small towns, etc...
I once discovered a pretty nice ride that gets rid of the I-5 segment. About half way between Burney Falls St. Park and McCloud is Harris Springs/Davis road. Take that North up to McDoel on 97..then North to Klamath
The last time I rode Harris Springs Rd.. I saw one other vehicle, and it was the guy on the bike with me.


Not a lot of traffic.
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Old 05-12-2013, 09:49 AM   #10
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When 49 gets to I80, jump on 80 and get up to Placer Hills Rd. Take that to Dog Bar and it will bring you in to Grass Valley. It is a short section, but much nicer than that stretch of 49.
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Old 05-12-2013, 08:54 PM   #11
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There are plenty of gas stations all along Hwy.49.
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Old 05-16-2013, 12:29 PM   #12
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139 from Susanville to Klamath was a very interesting ride. Sagebrush country but, a nice break from dense forest. Road had some very cool features to it when it wasn't a bit straight.
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Old 05-16-2013, 12:50 PM   #13
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Can't help you much out of Yosemiti but I have ridden the attached route and it is a very good ride.
Route shown starts at Oroville.

https://maps.google.ca/maps?saddr=Or...,2,4,7&t=m&z=8


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Old 05-17-2013, 10:51 PM   #14
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thanks, y'all are great that the choices keep coming. On the road now and dealing with the WIND, ugh. Otherwise good ride so far. In Tonopah now, heading out tomorrow.

So, 120 is open from the state line?
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Old 05-13-2013, 03:40 PM   #15
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When 49 gets to I80, jump on 80 and get up to Placer Hills Rd. Take that to Dog Bar and it will bring you in to Grass Valley. It is a short section, but much nicer than that stretch of 49.
This route? http://goo.gl/maps/NLF49

The last time I tried riding Highway 49 all the way to the north end, the only part I didn't like was the section that this goes around. I'll remember that for next time. I don't like freeway riding either, but 6 miles of freeway with those roads thrown in is better than that section of Highway 49.

For the original poster: I also recommend 49 to 89, then Lassen Volcanic National Park and Burney Falls. I've been snowed out before in Mid-May at both Lassen and Crater Lake. You can't always tell what the weather is going to do until later in the summer.
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