EHyattLakeRd Ken Royce

THE CASCADE SISKIYOU SCENIC BIKEWAY is our constant Up & Down route of 49 miles and 4900 feet of climbing. Designated in 2015 by the State of Oregon, it is the first Scenic Bikeway in Southern Oregon and is one of the “the best of the best” in the state.

From Emigrant Lake, cyclists have a leisurely 5 miles before the road starts climbing in S-curves into the Cascades. Riders will enjoy a break and water stop a few miles up the strenuous 7-mile Greensprings climb. At mile 14, the rest stop at The Green Springs Inn will offer weary riders a grassy picnic area and extensive breakfast foods. Riders will enjoy spending a few minutes reliving their recent exertions. Another rest stop at Howard Prairie Resort (mile 25) will be well-stocked with offerings to replenish the efforts of the morning so far. Here one of our rest stop volunteers will take photos of riders with Mount Mcloughlin and the lake in the background. Finally the climbing is over at the Dead Indian Memorial Road summit (mile 33), where we will offer a water break and encouragement before the final steep, winding, exhilarating descent.

The Up & Down is not a ride for the faint-hearted. Although only 7 miles, the Greensprings climb averages 7% grade and totals 2270’. The road is narrow with steep drop-offs and camera-worthy views. Having conquered the biggest climb, you still have 2800’ more of less strenuous climbing until the Dead Indian summit. Finally the glorious views on the 13-mile twisty, narrow Dead Indian descent will take your breath away. You will be supremely ready for delicious bar-b-q and craft beer at the finish.

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THE BURTON FLAT alternative is for those riders who are serious about their climbing. At 80 miles and 6900’, riders still have the satisfaction of climbing up The Greensprings and resting at The Greensprings Inn, but then will enjoy a longer loop in the mountains following Forest Service and BLM roads through the backcountry.  Many of these roads are one-lane and a bit rough, but they’re all paved, and the out thereness is what makes them terrific. Riders will still have the Dead Indian Memorial Road descent to anticipate on the way home, as well as a hearty lunch and craft beer at Emigrant Lake. Full support includes four rest stops and two water stops as well as SAGs along the way.

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