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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 05-10-2013, 05:27 PM   #7
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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
Thanks wrk2surf.
Are there any snow concerns around there now?
And I will be coming from Tonopah, NV.
Any recs from there to Yosemite? I see Tioga road is closed and sch to open tomorrow??? but Glacier point would be more accessible from 41 and that would be an entirely different way in than 120--if it opens.
Suggestions?
and thanks again

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Old 05-10-2013, 09:53 PM   #8
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I would ride through hawthorne over to bridgeport via luckboy pass or through Bodie to bridgeport.. then up from brigdeport past mono lake up over tioga... nice areas and big graded roads... No snow worries we have 50 percent of normal
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Old 05-11-2013, 07:28 AM   #9
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that would be
6
95
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right?

thanks,

general question. How plentiful is gas along the route planned, ie 49 N

It's not nevada scarce is it?
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Old 05-11-2013, 07:41 AM   #10
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Try to follow up with any thoughts about the routes you took. I will be following your path north a few weeks later
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Old 05-11-2013, 02:47 PM   #11
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I can offer some help near Klamath Falls.

If you come up 97 its okay and you CAN take it all the way to the Crater Lake Junction about 24 miles north of Klamath Falls. I guess if you have never been along it before, the stretch north of Mount Shasta is nice, and north of Klamath Falls you travel along Klamath Lake and there are great views.

If you want something a little less "highway" you might want to head west out of Klamath and take Highway 140 to Westside Road. This runs up the west side of Klamath Lake through some lovely forest and is just a nicer ride IMO. Beyond the N. end of Agency Lake you take a jog east to near Fort Klamath and are then on highway 62 which takes you right up to the S. entrance of Crater Lake NP.

39 N. out of Canby is pretty straight, I find it rather 'meh', but it takes you right near Lava Beds NP. the roads in the park are very nice, but the speed limits are quite low. Again, if you have never been there, definitely worth checking out, and if you need a place to camp, its nice. Also, you pay to enter the Lava Beds, the receipt gets you into Crater Lake free (and visa versa) for seven days.

I'd say all the roads west of Crater Lake are pretty fun save for a long straight stretch of 62 west of the S. Park entrance.

BTW, the S. entrance is plowed and kept cleared all year around. The Rim Drive usually opens mid-July, but we've had record breaking LACK of snow this year, and record breaking high springtime temperatures, so you may be able to ride the entire park. They plow the west side of the rim drive to the N. Entrance junction, then work towards the N. entrance and clearing the E. side of the Rim Drive.
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Old 05-11-2013, 03:16 PM   #12
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great! all good
Thanks.

gonna be heading to NE corner of Or after, things falling into place
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Old 05-12-2013, 08:32 AM   #13
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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   #14
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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   #15
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There are plenty of gas stations all along Hwy.49.
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