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McKenzie River Trail

This is one of the epic mountain bike rides in Western Oregon.
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Strenuous
Length: 25 miles
Duration: Full day
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Overview :  This is an amazing bike trail, one of the best in Oregon. You'll pass by beautiful lakes, 2 big waterfalls, through lava fields and... more »

Tips:  Leave one car at the Mckenzie Bridge Ranger Station near the town off HWY 126 and then drive the other car and the bikes up to the... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Clear Lake Starting Point

Park here. You'll need a Northwest Forest Pass. Start out on the trail heading west along the lake. You'll pass by some beautiful log shelters on your way.

2. Lava Field

This is a very cool lava field with a cement path running through it. Unfortunately if you followed this track as we did you'v gone the wrong way! Turn around and head back to hook up with a forest service road. Follow this road across highway 126 and make your way towards Sahalie Falls.

3. Sahalie Falls

Take a rest here and enjoy Sahalie Falls. It really is beautiful. Follow the trail down the steps in the area walking your bike (or riding if you have sweet suspension).

4. Koosah Falls

You'll bike ride by the top of Koosah Falls. It definitely rivals Sahalie Falls.

5. Carmen Reservoir

We biked across this wall of the reservoir to check out the views. Ultimately you'll need to double-back as the track indicates and follow the path around the reservoir to continue on.

6. Famous Blue Pool

You will have noticed that the trail has left the side of the Mckenzie River by this point. This is because the entire river has dived into an ancient lava tube underground only to appear in the beautiful turquoise blue pool below you. This is one of nature's wonders.. a pool that is dumping large amounts of water out of it with no clear input... More

7. Mckenzie River Ranger Station

Your long haul ends here.

8. Back to the road.

You have the option of continuing down the trail but as you can see from this particular track we did not as the trail wasn't particularly amazing beyond this point to the Ranger Station, it was getting dark fast, and we were all pretty darn tired. Your choice.