Mckenzie River Trail

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AVERAGE RATING
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4.71 out of 5
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Intermediate
26
miles

Singletrack
↑ 4,000 ft
↓ 2,400 ft
2,996
elevation (ft)

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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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Trail Q&A
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Q: Is this ride a point to point a (requiring a shuttle) or can you ride the MRT out and back or via loop -Guest

A: Its usually done as a shuttle. I've seen people ride it out and back, it would be doable but pretty intense.

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Q: How much climbing -Beau Rose

A: There are several short roller type climbs, and a more very short (

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Recent Trail Check-ins     (42 total check-ins)
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  hproctor   on Sep 1, 2016
  hproctor   on Sep 1, 2016
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Reviews (40)
 

Gramcounter


November 5, 2016
 
Review: Beautiful Sunny day, great trail conditions. Spots Of mud and about 5 wind falls.

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Epic


July 20, 2016
John Fisch Epic  
 
Review: This is a long and beautiful ride, but definitely not a 5 star for me. The top 10 miles are excellent -- continually challenging, interesting scenery, and wonderfully varied.

The bottom half is something else. It is certainly nice trail through beautiful northwestern forest. However, it gets quite monotonous. Unrideable bridges are far too frequent and the trail gets repetitive. Pedal a few strokes, them bob and weave between a few trees, then pedal a few more, and slow down to bob and weave again--repeat about a thousand times. It's nice for a while, but I found myself wanting it to end long before it did. The trail also crosses many roads, merges with a dirt road for a long stretch and then on the lower section, parallels very closely to, and actually emerges onto, a busy highway.

The other drawback is that the best downhill stretch is a segment hugely popular with hikers, so forget getting any flow going here.

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Bunny Hop


October 6, 2015
ducklover3 Bunny Hop  
 
Review: Northwests best XC ride very scenic and very fun. Be careful on the upper portion the rock looks to cut you up as it is lava rock. If you have one car shuttle to the top then get your car at the bottom. If you have two park one at the top and or at the bottom.

Similar Trail: Nothing else like it in the northwest

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Bunny Hop


October 6, 2015
ducklover3 Bunny Hop  
 
Review: Northwests best XC ride very scenic and very fun. Be careful on the upper portion the rock looks to cut you up as it is lava rock. If you have one car shuttle to the top then get your car at the bottom. If you have two park one at the top and or at the bottom.

Similar Trail: Nothing else like it in the northwest

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July 23, 2015
Guest   
 
Review: This is not the number one trail. The lava rock catches in tread and stops your bike, it is tame with no great descents.
Yes it is scenic and great for a hike. Alpine Trail In Oakridge is light years better.

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Granny Gear

March 31, 2015
jmo Granny Gear  
 
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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Bunny Hop

November 12, 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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Singletrack


September 23, 2014
hproctor Singletrack  
 
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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Singletrack


September 12, 2014
justin70 Singletrack  
 
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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Granny Gear


July 30, 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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Mckenzie River Trail MTB Trail 4.71 out of 5 based on 40 ratings. 40 user reviews.
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