BMW R1150GSMotorcycle Trip to Crater Lake National Park,
Lava Beds National Park and
Redwood National Park
September 2006

Motorcycle Trip to Crater lake, Lava Beds and RedwoodMotorcycle Trip to Crater Lake National Park,
Lava Beds National Park and
Redwood National Park

September 2006


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On the road again.

This long weekend our destination is North California and South Oregon, visiting Lava Beds National Park (5 in map), Crater Lake National Park (7,8,9 in map), , Redwood National Park (10 in map), Humboldt Redwoods State Park

We departed Friday around 4:00PM and got some heavy traffic jams, but it's Southern California in a Friday after noon; What would we expected?!

All our things were on those bags on the right.

Packing a Motorcycle - Click to Open

Sunset in California - Click to Open

I-5 Freeway- Click to Open

The first night we decided to stay in a motel (Super 8 near Los Banos, CA) so we could ride into the night longer. We arrived at the motel around 9:30PM

Next morning, after passing Sacramento the road start being more interesting, with Mount Shasta, in front of us for about 60 miles on I-5

Mount Shasta - Click to Open

Medicine Lake Road, CA - Click to Open

Lava Beds Medicine Lake Road, CA - Click to Open

When we got near Mount Shasta we turn east on Hwy 89 towards Bartle, and after that northeast towards Medicine Lake on the road with the same name.

The road starts well (from top, clockwise) to a one lane road, then to a compact dirt road (a lot of dust, I mean a lot!!).

Then when we enter the Lava Beds national Monument it became a loose gravel

Lava Beds Medicine Lake Road, CA - Click to Open

Lava Beds Medicine Lake Road, CA- Click to Open

Lava Beds Medicine Lake Road, CA - Click to Open

The loose gravel was for about 3 miles and was bed. REALLY bad. Eliane almost had to get out of the bike and walk after we had 4 almost drops. One the front wheel was turned to left and the bike was going strait forward for about 3 or 4 feet's. That was scary riding in a 3 inches loose gravel.

The campsite was good. not great but good. No showers and no food store near by. We had to ride 14 miles to Tionesta to get some food at the only not so good store there.

Lava Beds Campsite - Click to Open

Lava Beds National Park Caves - Click to Open

Lava Beds National Park Caves - Click to Open

Next day we went to explore some caves and they were great. I will go back there, but the next time with a more rugged shoes so we can walk on the more challenges caves.

The first cave had lights on it, but all other are totally dark.
You can get a hand light at the park visitor's center and they have two kinds: one incandescent bulb and the other with leds. The incandescent one was much better to see the formations.

 

Lava Beds National Park Caves - Click to Open

Lava Beds National Park Caves - Click to Open

Lava Beds National Park Caves - Click to Open

Some one famous visited this cave in 1892! :)

Next day, after visiting the caves, we went north on Hill road crossing Tule Lake Preserve.
That was another great place with many birds and small animals around.

Lava Beds National Park Caves - Click to Open

Lava Beds National Park Caves - Click to Open

Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge - Click to Open

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We could see a big eagle on a electrical pole, right in front of us. I stopped the bike and she was there for few minutes until it decided to fly away.

Eagle - Click to Open

Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge - Click to Open

TTule Lake National Wildlife Refuge - Click to Open

The road to Crater lake is under construction, so again we got mud and dust.

We arrived at Crater Lake Campsite, near the south entrance after passing the Klamath Falls and it's lakes.

Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge - Click to Open

Upper Klamath Lake, OR - SR-140 Highway - Click to Open

Annie Spring Crater lake campsite - Click to Open

The campsite is better the Lava Beds, with pay showers and a good food store.

For the rest of the day we just chill off, cooked a good barbecue, relax and watch a movie inside our tent.

Next morning we went for a ride around the Crater lake and visit Crater Lake Lodge

Crater Lake - Click to Open

Crater Lake - Click to Open

Crater Lake - Click to Open

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The visitor center is being refurbished so the only building open on top was the hotel. Nice hotel with a great view from the lake. Some pictures of Wizard Island.

Took us about 2:30 hours to to the full ride around the lake, including Pinnacle Road (a dead end road)

Crater Lake - Click to Open
Crater Lake - Click to Open Crater Lake - Click to Open

Many places we could see ice and snow, from the last winter.
Crater lake got a lot of snow every year.

 

Crater Lake - Click to Open

Crater Lake - Click to Open

Crater Lake - Click to Open

Phantom Ship on the right. Great photo.

Pinnacles below.

Crater Lake - Click to Open

Pinnacles at Crater lake - Click to Open Hwy 62 - Click to Open

Highway 1 - Pacific Coast. California great motorcycle road.

Such a difference ridding here in summer and now: all drivers let you pass on the road. In summer time, they do not share the road, but at this time I never stay behind a driver more then couple minutes.

Lighthouse Coast California - Click to Open
Pacific Ocean - Click to Open Curly Readwood Motel, Crecent City - Click to Open

Our sleeping pads are leaking air. Both of them. And it make us wake up every one hour our so to inflate it. So we decided that the camp trip ends. In Crescent City we stay at this decent Curly Redwood Lodge. They claim that the whole motel was build with only one redwood.

 

Redwood National Park - Click to Open

Redwood National Park - Click to Open

Redwood National Park - Click to Open

The Hwy 1, from Leggett to Fort Brag, the first 22 miles are a blast for motorcycle.

We had a excellent weather for ridding, with temperature between 55F and 65F and no winds.

Hwy 1 California - Click to Open

Hwy 1 California - Click to Open Hwy 1 California - Click to Open

The whole north coast was under severe fog during all day, but the ride on our K1200LT still a good one.

There were a lot of police cars patrolling the Hwy 1 today. Wonder why.

Hwy 1 California - Click to Open
Hwy 1 California - Click to Open Hwy 1 California - Click to Open

Stinson Beach, on Hwy 1, near San Francisco.

I never rode that far down on Hwy 1, but we had time on this trip, so I was glad we did it. Point Reyes National Seashore is a beautiful place.

Golden Gate Bridge under fog, at 7:00PM we arrived in San Francisco.

Hwy 1 California - Click to Open

Golden Gate Bridge San Francisco - Click to Open

BMW of Santa Cruz - Click to Open

Next morning I stopped at BMW of Santa Cruz just to check the dealer. After 10 minutes walking on the store (the wife and I were the only customers there) a nice guy ask me if the could help. He sold me the most expensive quarter of oil I ever bought ($10.10 with tax) and a paper funnel. The service was right, but noting else. They don't seam to care about you there. And the prices on the store are quite high then others. At least that was my impression.

Monterey and Carmel - Click to Open

Monterey and Carmel - Click to Open Monterey and Carmel - Click to Open

Monterey and Carmel were nice to visit, and them back to Hwy 1.

Pacific Coast Hwy 1 - Click to Open
Pacific Coast Hwy 1 - Click to Open Santa Barbara - Click to Open

We arrived in Santa Barbara in the middle of the afternoon and stop at the Harbor House Inn. Very good one. They had a basket breakfast in room and the service was great.

 

Harbor House Hotel Santa Barbara - Click to Open

 

Who is Elton

I was born in Brazil and moved to USA, California in 1996. Took me some time to learn the language and get into this country, but I think now I'm doing quite well. I became an American citizen in late 2007.
I love to travel and by the time I was writing this page, I had logged more them 140.000 miles on the motorcycles I have/had. My current bikes are one 2002 BMW K1200LTe and one 2003 BMW R1150GS. Also there are many more miles on my car and much more on airplane trips.
Winter I try to do Snowmobile. Summer is time for water sports (PWC) and I motorcycle year around (one of the benefits of living in sunny California)

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California Road Conditions

Lava Beds National Park (5 in map)

Tule Lake Preserve

Crater Lake National Park (7,8,9 in map)

Crater Lake Lodge

Curly Redwood Lodge - Crescent City

Redwood National Park (10 in map)

Humboldt Redwoods State Park

Point Reyes National Seashore

Golden Gate Bridge

Harbor House Inn - Santa Barbara

Date Miles Gallons Cost MPG
09/22/06
222
4.706
14.58
47.17
 
234
5.593
17.89
41.83
09/23/06
165
4.024
12.87
41.00
 
145
4.228
12.43
34.29
09/24/06
208
4.276
12.40
48.64
09/25/06
261
5.121
16.07
50.96
09/26/06
243
5.000
16.60
48.00
 
229
4.827
14.48
47.44
09/27/06
137
2.916
8.86
46.98
09/28/06
252
5.421
17.88
46.48
 
163
3.405
9.46
47.87

 

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