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Hiking & Walking: Oregon > Willamette National Forest > McKenzie Ranger District

Quick Facts

McKenzie River National Recreation Trail

Beginning Elevation: 1,500 Feet (467.6 Meters)
Difficulty: Easy to More Difficult
Elevation Gain: 2,000 Feet (623.4 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 3,500 Feet (1091.0 Meters)
Length, One-way: 26 Miles (43.33 Kilometers)




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General Description

The McKenzie River National Recreation Trail is a classic single track and spectacular scenic trail that follows the upper McKenzie River. The trail was designed as an easy, slow paced hiking trail for all ages . The entire 26 miles is now open for bicycles, including the Clear Lake Trail and the Water Falls Trail

The ride is perhaps on the most beautiful in the Willamette National Forest. Because of this beauty and ease of access from several trailheads along Hwy. #126, it is also a very popular trail.

The trail is divided into two segments-the McKenzie Bridge Trailhead to Trailbridge Reservoir and Trailbridge Reservoir to Santiam Wagon Road Trailhead.

Directions from Eugene: Travel 50 miles east on Hwy. #126 and the trailhead is approximately 1.5 miles past McKenzie Bridge.

Seasonal Information:
Normal Services Available: Year-round .



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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking
Yes
ICON Hiking & Walking McKenzie River National Recreation Trail
Yes
ICON Mountain Biking
Yes



Related Activities
Clear Lake Trail - Clear Lake Trail is a moderate 5 mile loop at an elevation of 3,000 feet. This trail is part of the McKenzie River National Recreation Trail. It circles Clear Lake, the headwaters of the McKenzie River.

McKenzie Bridge Trailhead to Trailbridge Reservoir - This trail is section one of the McKenzie River National Recreation Trail. It is an easy 15 miles at an elevation of 1,500 feet. This portion of the trail is relatively easy with numerous access points to begin or end the ride.

Trail Bridge Reservoir to Santiam Wagon Road Trail - This portion of the McKenzie River Recreation Trail is more challenging, due to the section of rugged and steep terrain in some portions. This is more difficult 11 mile trail at an elevation of 2,500 feet.



More Information

Visitor Information:

McKenzie Ranger District, 57600 McKenzie Hwy. , McKenzie Bridge, OR, 97413, Phone: 541-822-3381, Fax: 541-822-7254

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