Mckenzie River Trail

4.77 out of 5
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↑ 800 ft
↓ 2,500 ft
elevation (ft)

Trail Description
About this trail
The first 10 miles go thru a lava field making it the toughest part. Beyond there is a picnic area with water and smoother riding and easier. The whole ride is in old growth forest and the water is crystal blue. Waterfalls, pools and log bridges (walk across) and the forest make this the most fun and most beautiful ride I have ever done. Bring a camera. Difficulty is due to length, not climbs.
added by Guest March 21, 2005
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Reviews (35)

March 30, 2015
Review: The most scenic ride ever, but I believe this trail would be way better from a riding standpoint on a late summer weekday than in the early spring during the weekend, especially on the upper (more scenic parts). I encountered way too many people and tons of mud and puddles from lingering snow melt which made it tough to go fast. However I could imagine once it dries out and if there were fewer hikers, the ride could become equally as enjoyable as the scenery.

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November 11, 2014
Review: We rode this trail at the end of June and agree with a lot of the reviews that have already been written. I do have a word of caution through and that is cell phone coverage is limited and since most of the trail is across the river from any help should things go wrong, some basic first aid and bike repair kits should be included in any pack.

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September 22, 2014
Review: Great trail for the entire trip. The first 3.5 miles will have you smiling with the flowing trail and beautiful Clear Lake. Be prepared to hoof it some the next 6 miles as the scenery of a couple of water falls and the Blue Pool is tempered by lava rock fields that will have the vast majority of riders dismounting multiple times. Upon reaching Forest Road 2672-655 the rough stuff is over and the last 15 miles are a joy to ride. Take time to enjoy the river as you continue to the lower TH. Plan on 6 hours with sightseeing and refueling. Plenty of riders on the Saturday I rode. Would not hesitate to ride solo, but a team of riders could leave vehicles parked at some of the forest roads, camp grounds or trailheads you pass along way with food and extra water making the ride more enjoyable.

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September 11, 2014
Review: Great trail!

Got a shuttle from Bend with Cog Wild - recommended.

Liked the tech lava sections more than the mellow forest trails.

Fantastic scenery - lakes, waterfalls, forest. Beautiful.

Trail surface Is much nicer than most trails around Bend, where it is dry and often loose. This forest us much damper, as is the trail surface.

Similar Trail: Whistler XC trails

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July 29, 2014
Review: This trail lives up to its billing. Wow what fun. While it was hot today 88 -90 the tree cover and cold cold water make the ride bearable. We shuttled with Mike (541)822-6272 for $30 bucks (seems high). He strongly encouraged the riders not to ride the official trail around Crystal Lake but this advise should not be followed. The trail at the top is tough as detailed with the lava but certainly doable. The trail was in great shape. Not many hikers mid-week. Everyone was very friendly. This is a must do ride. 4:15 for me.

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July 12, 2014
Review: I can't even explain how beautiful this trail is. I only rode the Northern 5 miles of the trail but I think I can safely assume that the rest of it is just as amazing. The trail was both challenging and kept in immaculate shape. I'm counting down the days until I can get back west again so as to ride the entire length of it.

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May 29, 2014
Review: Sharp lava rock in the upper section will keep you on guard and makes for a great challenge. Perhaps the biggest obstacle is crowds, however, with heavy hiker traffic on weekends. If you are able to hit this trail on a week day, you'll enjoy this trail to its fullest potential.

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April 13, 2014
Review: This is the best overall trails I've ever ridden, hands down nothing else really even comes close. It combines everything I want in a trail - undulating, damn near pump track like terrain, rocks & roots a-plenty, AMAZING scenery & just long enough to really put your legs through their paces if you ride it like you stole something!

It's a trail that I found the harder you push it to go fast the more rewarding the ride! The top half is considerably more technical & scenic. The bottom portion is more mellow but after bombing through the top I appreciated the easier rolling singletrack.

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March 18, 2014
Review: If this trail was 15 miles long, I'd give it 5 stars and like Greg, it might make my Top 10. I love the first half with all the techy lava features. The singletrack and the scenery is purely epic. My issue is with the last 10 miles after the's beautiful riding along the river but it's pretty much all the same for 10 straight miles. I wish they could make some bridges that you could ride over as well so you wouldn't have to keep getting off your bike every time.

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March 14, 2014
Review: Beautiful ride! Flowy single track especially at the bottom. More technical on the top half. One of the best rides I have done. Scenery is incredible. Watch out for the lava the first couple of miles.

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Mckenzie River Trail MTB Trail 4.77 out of 5 based on 35 ratings. 35 user reviews.
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