Volcanoes of the Cascades
Includes all lodging, breakfasts and dinners, support van, leaders, tour maps & narratives.
Timberline van shuttle is included from SeaTac International Airport to Yakima, WA. The tour terminates in Medford, OR and van shuttle is included to Medford-Airport.
Not included: Airline service; Guide Gratuity.
Airport 1 pm, Seattle hotel 1:30 pm; Yakima hotel 4 pm
In the continental US we have only one set of modern volcanoes – these are in the Cascade Arc, which extends from southwestern British Columbia through Washington and Oregon to Northern California, a distance of well over 700 miles. Over the years, Timberline has visited these Cascade Range mountains in both hiking and cycling tours. New for this year, we have created an ultimate Volcanoes cycling tour that hits four of the major mountains in just one week, for the passionate cyclist. This challenging tour will get your legs burning and your lungs gulping as you ascend up to 7400 ft on the uphill days, and descend just as much on the downhill days. We will stay in the iconic mountain lodges high on the mountainside and welcome their fine dining experiences. We will cross the Columbia River in the middle of the 80 mile gorge that drains the Rockies to the Pacific, and visit two national parks. If you are looking for a true mountain tour – no whiners allowed, this is the one!
Our epic tour begins in Seattle, Washington with a shuttle to Yakima. From here we launch our assault on Mt. Rainier – the highest of the volcanoes. We’ll follow the Naches River to its source in the High Cascades as we climb Chinook Pass. Just beyond the summit, we’ll ride beneath the historic arch that announces our arrival in Mt. Rainier National Park and catch our first incredible views of magnificent Rainier. We’ll spend the night at Crystal Mountain Resort on the eastern flanks of the mountain, with incredible views of the flower covered meadows up to the snow covered summit.
Next day we begin with a climb to Cayuse Pass on the eastern edge of the park, and then enjoy an extensive descent to the Ohanapecosh valley, and on down through the town of Cascade Peaks and westward to Morton. In order to fulfill our quest of giant ascents and descents, we’ll need to van shuttle from here to the town of Hood River. Here we are right in the middle of the Columbia River Gorge and its bountiful fruit farms. The town is a hot spot for foodies, trekkers, historians and adrenaline junkies, like wind surfers who are frequently found on the river.
The climb from Hood River to Timberline Lodge on the slopes of Mt. Hood, planned for Day 3, is heroic, to say the least – a true classic Timberline climb! The views of Hood as we climb from the gorge are breathtaking and continue throughout this extraordinary day. Our overnight is at the historic Timberline Lodge. Built during the Great Depression, this National Historic Landmark sits at nearly 6,000 ft in elevation and provides a rustic elegance in a beautiful mountain-top setting for an enchanting stay.
The payback for yesterdays climb will come on Day 4 as we roll downhill to Madras. Our route south and east is smoothly paved and less traveled than the western side providing a very pleasant ride. Some gentle uphills keep our legs engaged as we whiz down to the Deschutes River Valley and back up to Madras.
Another van shuttle will bring us to our next climb on Mt. Bachelor. We climb moderately today, up and around three sides of the mountain along the quiet roads of the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway towards La Pine. From there we’ll be whisked to the southern side of Crater Lake National Park for our final mountain ascent. The climb to the lake is full of anticipation until we crest the lip of that crater to look out across the bluest lake you will ever see. Lucky for us, there is a road all the way around the lake, providing views of the crater and the surrounding hills from every angle. Our last night is at the magnificent Crater Lake Lodge, on the brink of the caldera in another historic building. On our final day, we exit the national park on the north, then wrap around back to the south to finish our descent along the Rogue River through beautiful national forest land. Our tour concludes in Medford with a shuttle to the Rogue Valley International Medford Airport, or a nearby hotel.
|Day 1||Assembly, Van transfer to Yakima, orientation dinner|
|Day 2||Yakima up Mt. Rainier to Crystal Mountain Lodge, WA||70 miles, 6324 ft gain|
|Day 3||Around Mt. Rainier and down to Morton, WA||72 miles, 6670 ft loss|
|Day 4||Hood River to Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood, OR||49 miles, 7383 ft gain|
|Day 5||Timberline Lodge to Madras, OR||67 miles, 6368 ft loss|
|Day 6||Around Mt. Bachelor to Crescent, OR||79 miles, 4000 ft gain and loss|
|Day 7||Climb to Crater Lake, Crater Lake Rim Road||61.5 miles, 6542 ft gain|
|Day 8||Crater Lake to Roseburg||67 miles, 7354 ft loss|