Vehicle-Free Days on the East Rim Drive

Bicyclists on East Rim Drive

Ride the Rim, originally called "Vehicle Free Days" is an event supported by the park but organized and managed by Discover Klamath Visitor and Convention Bureau, and the Friends of Crater Lake.

Each September, East Rim Drive is closed to motor vehicles on the second and third Saturdays of the month. The closure takes effect on Friday, the night before the event at 8 pm until 4 pm on Saturday, the event day. The purpose of the closure is to give bicyclists and pedestrians an opportunity to enjoy 24 miles (39 km) of scenic roadway without vehicle noise and traffic. To learn more, visit the official website of the "Ride the Rim" event.

Ride the Rim 2024 dates are:

Saturday, September 07
Saturday, September 14

Please be aware that the East Rim Drive is not flat. It has steep grades and is considered a strenuous ride for bicyclists. The park does not rent bicycles, so participants will need to bring their own. For additional information about bicycling in the park, visit our bicycling webpage.

People not wishing to bike may want to find alternate days to visit the park. Many viewpoints and hiking trails will not be accessible to motorists; boat tours and trolley tours will not be operating; and the West Rim Drive will likely be congested with automobiles (and bicyclists who are riding the full loop around the lake).

Last updated: April 19, 2024

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