Mckenzie River Trail 3705

Willamette National Forest, Oregon

Distance25.2mi
Elevation Gain1,380ft
Trailhead Elevation3,134ft
Top3,154ft
Elevation Min/Max3020/3154ft
Elevation Start/End3134/3134ft

Mckenzie River Trail 3705

Mckenzie River Trail 3705 is a hiking and biking trail in Lane County and Linn County, Oregon. It is within Willamette National Forest. It is 25.2 miles long and begins at 3,134 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 8.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,380 feet. Near the trailhead there is a parking. The Belknap Springs Post Office (historical) (elevation 1,660 feet) post office, the Tamolitch Blue Pool water, the Great Springs spring, and the Koosah Falls and Sahalie Falls Viewpoint can be seen along the trail. There is also a bench along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Santiam Wagon Road Trail.

Mckenzie River Trail 3705 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."

"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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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.
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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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7/29/2008
Great trail, great views. From flowing singletrack to technical lava cap. Would cut the last 6-7 miles short at the end - great stuff but a lot of the same. Not a pushover section. Even though you are flowing with the river, it's a pedalfest the whole way - seems to be a quite a bit of false downhill to it.
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8/19/2006
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.
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9/26/2005
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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4/21/2004
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Trail Information

Willamette National Forest
Nearby City
Willamette National Forest
Parks
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Difficult
Skill Level
McKenzie River Ranger District, Willamette National Forest; 541-822-3381, www.fs.usda.gov/willamette
Local Contacts
Sisters & Redmond High Desert Trail Map by Adventure Maps, Inc. ($12, adventuremaps.net)
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Sep 2018