Mckenzie River Trail

Willamette National Forest, Oregon 97454

Elevation Gain2,944ft
Trailhead Elevation1,422ft
Elevation Min/Max1422/2359ft
Elevation Start/End1422/1422ft

Mckenzie River Trail

Mckenzie River Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Lane County and Linn County, Oregon. It is within Willamette National Forest. It is 15.1 miles long and begins at 1,422 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 30.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,944 feet. The Belknap Springs Post Office (historical) (elevation 1,660 feet) post office can be seen along the trail. There are also parkings along the trail. Near the end of the trail is a spring.

Mckenzie River Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"Winding along the crystal-clear, fast-flowing McKenzie River, this classic singletrack trail twists its way through a forested ecosystem characterized by majestic stands of old-growth Douglas fir and a mix of younger trees with a spongy forest floor carpeted in green, glowing ferns and moss-coated logs.

The trail is well maintained and full of bridges, stream crossings, waterfalls, and fast twisty sections. If you love to ride forever on singletrack, this trail is sure to please. Trail surface: Singletrack, doubletrack, and bridges."

"Hands-down, the McKenzie River National Recreation Trail is one of the most spectacular trails in the United States. This may sound like a bold claim, but after running a few miles through the pristine old-growth wilderness, most trail users will agree.

The 26.5 miles of singletrack are punctuated by amazingly clear lakes and streams, roaring waterfalls, interesting lava ?ows, deep and mesmerizing aquamarine pools, and some of Oregon’s most breathtaking scenery."

Mckenzie River Trail Reviews

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leaving from paradise campground the trail was smooth and packed with some random roots and rocks to keep you on your toes. hills were short and rolling. nothing very technical, until lava fields. the beginning of the lava was kind of fun. a chance to work on technical skills but that wears out quickly. most of the last several miles is pretty much unridable and it's a long hike-a-bike out. the ride down 126 back to paradise is all downhill but still a workout. i would suggest turning around at the dam and making it an out-and-back and keeping it on the dirt.
Just because this trail trends downhill doesn't mean it's an easy coast. It was great!! Rode late Sept. on a sunny Saturday and had very little traffic of other users (most around the spectacular Blue Pool). We decided to go right around Clear Lake rather than through the lava beds to the left. Easily saved an hour beyond our five hour start to finish. There's enough lava rock near blue pool to keep you honest and acquire the mandatory ruined equipment (ripped sidewall out of $50 UST tire) and endo bruises. Very Fun! Be warned, the very funnest part of the trail (last 7 miles) is also the part where you are tired and sore from the previous 20 miles. It was hard to enjoy as my neck and wrists were starting to hurt. Overall, however, this was a great trail worthy of the accolades and effort it took to get there.

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Trail Information

Willamette National Forest
Nearby City
Willamette National Forest
McKenzie River Ranger District, Willamette National Forest; 541-822-3381,
Local Contacts
Sisters & Redmond High Desert Trail Map by Adventure Maps, Inc. ($12,
Local Maps

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Jul 2018