Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway

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Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway

Oregon

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Overview

Explore the wonder and beauty of a dramatic volcanic landscape on Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway, which stretches from Crater Lake in Oregon to Mount Lassen in California, making this byway America's Volcano to Volcano highway. The volcanic activity of the past has created unique geological formations such as wavy lava flows and lava tube caves. Surrounding this volcanic landscape is a wide diversity of scenery. On this byway you can travel through or near dense forests, broad wetlands and habitat areas, pastoral grasslands, farms and ranches, and well-managed timber resource lands.

The byway offers even more benefits than just the fascinating volcanic geology and scenery. Each season offers a different array of outdoor recreational opportunities for everyone. The beautiful green forests and mountains along the byway are home to hiking trails, including the nationally recognized Pacific Crest Trail; ski slopes; and great fishing and kayaking in clear, cool mountain streams and lakes. You can also enjoy viewing the hundreds of species of wildlife along the byway, including over one million birds at Klamath Lake during peak migration in the fall.

Enjoy the beauty of Pelican Bay which inspired John Muir (naturalist, writer, conservationist, and founder of the Sierra Club) to write The Story of My Boyhood and Youth, or dangle a line in one of the six national wildlife refuges in the Klamath Basin, reported to be favorite fishing spots of President Roosevelt. Search for your own treasured hideaway along the 500 miles of diverse landscapes which make up the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway.

Map of Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway

Latitude, Longitude: 42.680920, -121.996310

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Activities

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    In Crater Lake National Park, the byway from the south rim of Crater Lake to the North Park Entrance (including the Rim Drive) is closed from mid-October to mid-June.

    The byway roads can accommodate RVs and tour buses without restriction, except for Lassen Park Road. Restrictions pertain to length of the vehicle with a typical maximum length of 40 feet. Owners of large RVs should contact Lassen Volcanic National Park to check for restrictions.

    All route segments of the byway are open to traffic year-round, with the exception of the roadway within Lassen Volcanic National Park and the previously mentioned section within Crater Lake National Park. Portions of this road are subject to seasonal closures, typically from November through June.

    Other portions of the route may be subject to periodic temporary closures or restrictions due to inclement weather and maintenance.

  • Camping

    There are places to camp along this byway.

  • Historic Sites

    Enjoy the beauty of Pelican Bay which inspired John Muir (naturalist, writer, conservationist, and founder of the Sierra Club) to write The Story of My Boyhood and Youth, or dangle a line in one of the six national wildlife refuges in the Klamath Basin, reported to be favorite fishing spots of President Roosevelt.

Seasonality/Weather

Summer and Fall provide for the best travel conditions. The winter months offer beautiful snowscapes. The summer months from June to September experience a high volume of visitors. Portions of the roadway within Lassen Volcanic National Park are subject to seasonal closures, typically from November through June. Crater Lake National Park is closed in winter.

Directions

Driving

Begin at Diamond Lake Junction, halfway between Bend and Klamath Falls on US-97. Take OR-138 to the north entrance of Crater Lake National Park (road only open from June through October). Travel the loop around the entire rim of Crater Lake before exiting the park through the south entrance and turning left on OR-62. Continue west on Weed Road to Sevenmile Road, then follow West Side Road through the Winema National Forest. West Side Road connects with OR-140 at Rocky Point. The byway continues south as OR-140 meets US-97 two miles south of downtown Klamath Falls. Head south on US-97 to the California border.

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(866) 722-9929

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