Robert Aufderheide Memorial Drive

Blue River, Oregon

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A fifty-seven-mile National Forest Service Byway on a paved highway through a typical Cascade Mountain forest and along a Wild and Scenic River. The Memorial Drive starts midway between Blue River and McKenzie Bridge and extends north-south to Westfir along the South Fork of the McKenzie River and North Fork of the Middle Fork of the Willamette River. It is a popular bicycling route with elevations ranging from 1,052 to 3,728 feet. Since most of the drive is through a forested corridor that blocks views of rivers, cliffs, and hills, you will see some of the best scenery along the numerous hiking trails that start at the roadside. Mile-by-mile directional audio tapes of the drive are available free of charge at McKenzie Bridge and Westfir ranger stations. Special attractions: Old growth forest, Cougar Reservoir, Wild and Scenic North Fork of the Middle Fork of the Willamette River, Waldo Lake, French Pete and Three Sisters wilderness areas, colorful wildflowers and autumn foliage, camping, horse and mountain hiking. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.

Robert Aufderheide Memorial Drive Professional Review and Guide

"A fifty-seven-mile National Forest Service Byway on a paved highway through a typical Cascade Mountain forest and along a Wild and Scenic River. The Memorial Drive starts midway between Blue River and McKenzie Bridge and extends north-south to Westfir along the South Fork of the McKenzie River and North Fork of the Middle Fork of the Willamette River. It is a popular bicycling route with elevations ranging from 1,052 to 3,728 feet. Since most of the drive is through a forested corridor that blocks views of rivers, cliffs, and hills, you will see some of the best scenery along the numerous hiking trails that start at the roadside.

Mile-by-mile directional audio tapes of the drive are available free of charge at McKenzie Bridge and Westfir ranger stations. Special attractions: Old growth forest, Cougar Reservoir, Wild and Scenic North Fork of the Middle Fork of the Willamette River, Waldo Lake, French Pete and Three Sisters wilderness areas, colorful wildflowers and autumn foliage, camping, horse and mountain hiking. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more."

Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Blue River
Distance: 57
Season: Early June to the end of October
Local Contacts: Willamette National Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to Robert Aufderheide Memorial Drive

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May 2018