Day 6: We left Eugene and took Interstate 5 South to Roseburg (distance 60 miles), a small nondescript city where we turned east on Route 138, one of the most scenic highways in the United States.

 

                        Eugene

 

 

The route across State Road 138 is mapped in blue.  We entered Crater Lake National Park after visiting Diamond Lake and entered the park from 138. However, we exited the park using the South Entrance which placed us on Route 62 to Klamath Falls (marked in red).

 

 

 

Oregon’s many rivers and lakes make it relatively easy to plan drives that will follow water features.

 

Route 138 follows the Umpqua River and National Park from Roseburg until the Crater Lake Park entrance.

 

 

The waterfall is one of the many attractions that await a Route 138 cruise.

 

 

This Umpqua River pool is accompanied by a natural sand beach – yes, the water is that blue – green.

 

 

View of Cascade Mountains from entrance to Crater Lake.  Snow fields were still fairly deep on May 25 as we entered main park gate.

 

 

View of Crater Lake from Lodge patio. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Route 62 follows Upper Klamath Lake for most of the ride into Klamath Falls.

 

 

The first question I asked the desk clerk of the Olympic Inn when we arrived there for the evening was; “Where are the falls?”

 

One is not quite prepared for the answer.  “There are no falls – they damned the Klamath River some years ago and ended the waterfall.” 

 

A very surprised “Oh.” Is the usual reply according to the desk clerk.

 

 

Klamath Falls, population 21,000, was celebrating Memorial Day – many of the better restaurants were closed, including Mr. B’s, a highly rated steak house.  We searched for nearly a half hour to find a desirable establishment and finally stumbled upon the Klamath Basic Brewing Company, a brew pub with a very good kitchen. 

 

 

The brews were hearty, the food quite good, and the fellow bar patrons very friendly.  They patrons supplied helpful information about the next day’s ride – Leg #5: From Klamath Falls to Bend: Rogue and Deschutes River Drive.