McKenzie River Trail

Bend, Oregon

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On the west side of the Cascade Range, midway between Bend and Eugene. A classic ride. This trail highlights the best of Oregon with mountain views, lush old-growth forest, and unbelievably clear river, and surprises around every corner.
Mountain Biking Bend

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Mountain Biking Bend

by Scott Rapp (Falcon Guides)

On the west side of the Cascade Range, midway between Bend and Eugene. A classic ride. This trail highlights the best of Oregon with mountain views, lush old-growth forest, and unbelievably clear river, and surprises around every corner.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Bend
Length: 24.4
Elevation Gain: 900 feet
Trail Type: Shuttle
Technical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 3 to 7 hours
Season: Summer and fall
Trailhead Elevation: 3,500 feet
Top Elevation: 1,600 feet
Local Contacts: Willamette National Forest, McKenzie District.
Local Maps: Willamette National Forest Map
Topo Map: McKenzie River Trail Topographic Map
Guide Book: Mountain Biking Bend Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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Recent Trail Reviews

7/28/2009

This belongs near the top of rides you must experience in Oregon. The trail apparently has three sections - the lowest goes through old growth forest and follows the stream part of the way. Though I didn't get to try on this trip., the middle section passes waterfalls and the top section runs through lava fields. The temps were 105 degrees when I tried, so I stuck to the lower trails, which are shaded. The full trip is roughly 26 miles one way - next time I will likely do a shuttle (there are still plenty of opportunities to get uphill exercise even on the 'downhill'). I'd consider an ending point around Belknap Resort - the section from Belknap west to the trails end is a bit of an up-and-down slog, maybe not what you want at the end of your trip. But still fun if you have the energy. And it is ALL single track.

6/1/2009

This is a beautiful forested river ride which has some easy sections and some technically difficult sections over lava. It has a lot of wooden bridge crossings and passes by waterfalls. The trail begins at clear lake, the river's source.

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