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Historic small towns, clear mountain air and volcanic views are the staple of California’s northernmost region – Siskiyou County. Now, you can see much of the area from two wheels with the Siskiyou Scenic Bike Tour on May 7.
The annual bike tour, hosted by the Yreka Rotary, offers five routes for bikers to see the region and get some exercise. The routes range from long, challenging rides to short, scenic cruises, with everything in between. There’s also a gravel route for those mountain biking enthusiasts out there. All the routes were carefully crafted to highlight the beauty of the region.
For locals and visitors alike, the Siskiyou Bike Tour will also host plenty of opportunities for food and drink along the ride. Highlighted in the routes are trips to historic sites and museums, along with outdoor destinations like Lake Shastina and Greenhorn Summit, with the might Mount Shasta in the background the entire time.
Here is a breakdown of each route you can choose from, explained by the Yreka Rotary:
101 mile route
This is an all new route for 2022, with 3851 ft. in elevation gain. Incredible scenery. It starts and ends at Upper Greenhorn Park, starting at 7 am with police escort through Yreka. Goes through Shasta Valley, then south to Lake Shastina, and Weed, then back to Yreka on the very west side of the valley. No A-12 portion. 4 rest stops evenly placed every 20 miles. All pavement. Meal and entertainment at the finish. Cost $65. Beer for purchase.
67 mile route
This is a new ride for 2022. This basically follows the route of the old 1/2 metric Siskiyou Century, with 1,967 ft. of elevation gain. It starts at Upper Greenhorn Park at 7am with a police escort through town, goes through Montague, Shasta Valley, then heads south to Lake Shastina and Edgewood, then back to Yreka on the far west side of Shasta Valley. There are 3 evenly spaced rest stops. With lots of food. Meal and entertainment at the finish, and lots of beer. Cost $55. Beer for purchase.
39 mile gravel route
This is a totally new ride for 2022 of mostly gravel with 2 steep hill climbs over Greenhorn Summit and back over a slightly different route. You will be challenged. 3 rest stops- at the summit either way and in Fort Jones. 4,115 ft. of elevation gain. Sag wagon support. End of ride meal and entertainment and beer for purchase. Starts at 9am from Upper Greenhorn Park.
40 mile route
Starts at Upper Greenhorn Park in Yreka at 9am with a police escort through town. Winds through beautiful Shasta Valley with 3 rest stops at Little Shasta Church and the Montague Railroad Park, coming and going. We will have the directions marked better and will have a person directing you. End of ride meal with beer and entertainment at the finish. 1,352 ft. of elevation gain. Gorgeous views of Mt. Shasta.
21 mile route
Relatively flat beginner’s ride. Starts at 9am at Upper Greenhorn Park with a police escort through town. One rest stop at the Montague Railroad Depot Museum. End of ride meal, beer and entertainment at the park. Cost $25 Beer for purchase.
See the beauty of Siskiyou County on two wheels! Register for the Siskiyou Bike Tour here.