Mckenzie River Trail

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26
miles

Intermediate

Singletrack
↑ 800 ft
↓ 2,500 ft
2,996
elevation (ft)
4.6
avg mph
111
ridden
156
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4:16
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AVERAGE RATING
4.83 out of 5
About This Trail
added by Guest on March 21, 2005
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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.
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hproctor on September 22, 2014
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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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justin70 on September 11, 2014
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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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edm_austin@yahoo.com on July 29, 2014
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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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Fit4Life28 on July 12, 2014
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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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rpolson12 on May 29, 2014
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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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Skoofer on April 13, 2014
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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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k2rider on March 18, 2014
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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 campground...it'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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dgh911t on March 14, 2014
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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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pirro on November 2, 2013
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Review: It was amazing

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Greg Heil on July 18, 2013
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Review: Despite being relatively flat (1,500 feet of descending, 1,000 feet of climbing, if shuttled) this trail has instantly rocketed onto my list of top 10 trails I have ever ridden. I don't know if it's on the top of my top 10 list, but it definitely competes with the best trails in the nation.

To begin with, the singletrack riding is absolutely stellar. The trail is a very mixed bag, excellent techy lava rock riding up high to hard packed dirt to loamy, flowy, smooth singletrack lower down.

Next, you have to talk about the scenery. The massive roaring waterfalls up high, gorgeous lakes, and the icy blue of the Blue Pool are all just stunning! Add in all the moss and the massive douglas firs that make you feel like a tiny ant, and I have to admit: this trail is a true classic!

Similar Trail: There are similar trails, but none of those hold a candle to this one

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MarcS on October 8, 2012
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Review: I rode the section from Trailbridge reservoir to Clear Lake and back this weekend. This upper section is much rougher than the lower section. There are many places where lava rock makes it extremely difficult, if not impossible, to ride--especially when riding upstream. The scenery is fantastic (see pictures). The trail splits into two near the big waterfalls, and the north side is the better one for riding. The views of the falls are much better on the south side, however.

Similar Trail: Brice Creek near Cottage Grove.

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rebkamcb on August 24, 2012
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Review: I love this bike trail. Incredibly scenic and satisfying ride. Lots of fun and the trail is well marked throughout.

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MarcS on April 24, 2012
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Review: I rode this trail again this last weekend. This time I started at the TH just above McKenzie Bridge and rode again to Trailbridge reservoir for a one-way distance of around 13 miles. Warm weather and awesome scenery make this on of the best rides around. We were a little saddle sore, so we took the Hwy. back to the car. The road's wide with a good shoulder, so it wasn't too bad and only took what seemed like a few minutes. This lower portion of the trail is not for those who crave smooth, fast downhill runs. There are a few short ones, but they are seperated by long, often bumpy, relatively flat runs. This section of this trail (effectively the lower 1/2) remains one of the very best places for the beginner to get familiar with the joy that is MTB-ing. For the rest of us, it's just a killer place for a world-class X-C ride.

* Review edited 4/25/2012

Similar Trail: Brice Creek near Cottage Grove & Middle Fork Trail near Oakridge.

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MarcS on February 27, 2012
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Review: Rode out and back from Belknap Hot Springs Resort to Trailbridge Reservoir. This 8 mile section is classis X-C singletrack. It was dry, sunny and warm--a little weird for the mountains in winter. How can you beat a hot springs soak at the end of a ride?

Similar Trail: Too many to list.

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cani13 on February 4, 2012
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Review: Had a great ride, fun And Challenging ride will ride again next year!!!

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senseney on July 11, 2011
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Review: Rode this trail with my husband and our best friends. It is a great trail with some tricky lava to get through in the first half. Beautiful places to stop for pictures. Can't wait to do it again. Parked one car at bottom then drove up to the lot above Clear lake to start the trail. Took the four of us almost all day.

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dgjessee on May 30, 2011
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Review: Gorgeous setting. Trail is definitely more suited to hikers and full-suspension bikes. Has a very wilderness feel to it.

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LuxMalleus on September 10, 2010
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Review: A fantastic ride. Plenty of technical areas, downhill, climbing and scenery. Nearly 100% singletrack.

Similar Trail: Hardesty

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dauw on May 31, 2010
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Review: Great trail with great scenery. Top part is technical fun, and the bottom can be fast and furious. Bring a camera.

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Carrie111 on January 27, 2010
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Review: Does anyone know a place to stay that is close to this trail? I want to send my boyfriend and his buddies away for a weekend (as a gift) and i need to find a lodge, or they'd even be fine with a little dinky cabin, as long as there is a bed. Not exactly sure what town is closest to the 'the best part' of this trail, i'm from Idaho. Any recommendations for a 'cheap' stay? =D please email me at misscehollingsworth@hotmail.com

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riverman on August 21, 2009
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Review: This is perhaps the BEST trail I've ever been on. It's that good. Use a Shuttle - I'm glad I did. The closest shuttle is at McKenzie River Mountain Resort - I found them at www.mckenzierivertrail.com

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stacitay on August 10, 2009
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Review: I look forward to going! I live IN Eugene, this is definatly NOT IN Eugene. My husband and I were just at the Finn Rock restaurant where they have a pic of the falls on the menu and I decided to look more into it.

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Cog_Wild on May 27, 2009
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Review: MRT riders - Contact Cog Wild for a shuttle ride of the MRT. We are the only company that offers shuttles for the entire trail. The MRT is a must ride for riders visiting Central Oregon!! The top is designed for intermediate and advanced riders with the bottom 12 miles perfect for riders of all levels. There are many ways to ride the MRT - give us a call for ideas and details. Cog Wild Bicycle Tours, Bend OR 541-385-7002 www.cogwild.com

Similar Trail: Umpqua River Trail and the 200+ miles in Bend.

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abegold on May 26, 2009
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Review: One of the most beautiful trails in America. Old growth forest with crystal blue waters. The upper 10 miles is thru a lava field and more technical. You'll descend the river valley if run as a shuttle mostly down hill. Bring your best camera, beautiful.

Similar Trail: Umpqua Trail

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Terry_Tiessen on February 23, 2009
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Review: The person that rated this a beginner trail must not have rode the top part, because I've seen some pretty good riders look silly as they flew over the bars and sc***ed against the lava rock. The upper part of the trail is also the most beautiful part. The falls and the Blue Pool are great picture and rest spots. The bottom half of the trail is pretty easy, but it can be a bit warmer and dustier at the bottom too. This is definitely one of my favorite rides.

Similar Trail: Mary's Peak, Brice Creek (Cottage Grove)

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lmarut on July 1, 2008
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Review: I rode this trail on 6/29/08. It rained pretty hard the night before I had arrived for about an hour. I rode from Clear lake down to the Belknap lodge in less than 3 hrs and took one less than 5 minute break to down some protein and a banana. I did spend at least 1/2 an hour+ taking photos at various waterfalls and river spots and at least 1/2 an hour backtracking due to very little trail signage. The trail was very fast and technical in most sections. Overall pretty smooth with lava rock and roots in various sections. It was pretty hot and humid that day. But when you went along the river and hit the valleys where the river mist engulfs the trail it felt like arctic air on you sweat (very nice). The river was extremely cold. Some long stair descents around the various waterfalls added to the fun. I was confused a couple of times after switching sides of the river on the various bridges and riding the shoreline I could swear I was traveling back upstream based on the waters direction. I rode hard and fast and really enjoyed it. (definately very Jedi like or Zen like as mentioned in a previous review) A little slippery due to the rain, but it was already starting to dry up. I will definitely be coming back again in the near future with friends. At the Clear Lake store/dock I asked the Park guy how well the trail was marked and he said very clearly and I would not have a problem finding my way to the Belknap Lodge. Not too clearly if you ask me from experience. My first mistake was to cross the first bridge you come to after leaving the Clear Lake Store I must have missed a turn around there somewhere anyway I make my way to the campground and remembered on the google map that the trail didn't go this far. So I hoofed down the road and after I came Highway 126 I noticed the trail sign again and it went to the left and must have crossed the road, no sign on the other sided but checked and there it was. Yeah so far so good back on track. Down the trail along this awesome looking river I went and before long some of the most awesome water falls! I first passed a footbridge that crossed the river there was a sign next to it clearing showing the MRT continuing on the same side I was. I followed and came upon the multiple water falls and lookouts! Extremely impressive. After that I continued along and came out to this reservoir and asked multiple people there and ever some hikers, were the trail was. I found a trail again on the other side marking hiking and was told it went back up to the falls and looped to the first bridge but no markings on any sort that said MRT. I rode around the reservoir and couldn't find it. Low and behold after you enter the trail that goes back up there is another trail to the left that T's off to the left that is the continuation of the MRT. Lots more cool single track and then Trailbridge campground. At the end of the campground there is a hiking sign pointing to the right about 100ft from the trail which is right next the road and drops down to another river bridge. This is the MRT again! Good I found it. Lots more sweet single track and bridge crossings and water going the opposite way you would think it should be going and then you pop out to an old road where the trail clearly seems to cross over and continue along. It's surely continues because everyone bikes or hikes it the first time continues on and then it fades out after everyone figures this is no the trail. So you head back and make a right (left from the north) onto the old road and you quickly come to an old road bridge an then hwy 126 again with an old sign saying trail right along the road! YES I found it again! Lots more sweet single track and then pay close attention on a road crossing and look to you right you will see a Belknap Lodge sign. I almost missed it but caught it and that's as far as I went. Overall it didn't feel too too long of a ride but it was a ton of fast fun single track I can't wait to tackle again! Some tight high cliff like single track in a few spots that might seem a bit scary but totally doable. Hope this helps other riders from getting lost. Enjoy!!!!

* Review edited 7/1/2008

Similar Trail: Brown Mountain Trail and connecting trails.

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coreyvisto on May 31, 2008
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Review: We didn't get to go up pretty far as we didn't have a shuttle and there was supposedly snow starting at blue pool. Definitely a good ride going down though

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Evocatas on March 24, 2008
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Review: Currently, this trail is unreachable due to 10 foot snow drifts. I went up last weekend and couldnt' even find the turn off since there was so much snow. aslo, it's 50 miles EAST of Eugene, it's not actually IN Eugene (for those that travel from afar to get here.

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tumbleweed14 on July 7, 2007
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Review: Definitely one of the epic rides in OR. Can be diverse depending on where you start. Very Jedi-like.

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meekha2 on July 16, 2006
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Review: Brilliant!

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mboire31 on March 1, 2006
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Review: This is one of the most scenic trails i've ever been on...i shuttled it starting just above clear lake...there is a fork in the road just before you come to the lake...i took a left and went the more difficult way...but if you take a right then you go through the campground and it is much easier...but left was fun...some of this section you can't ride...after you get by clear lake you follow the river down toward the waterfalls...and more lava fields...i had to walk my bike through some of the lava fields but i'm sure there are people that can clear this section...the river disappears underground for a few miles...but reappears as a giant blue pool...one of the neatest things i've ever seen on a ride...the trail seems to smooth out from this point...watch out for hikers and novice bikers...there is a hot springs right on the river about 16 miles in...it was nudist week or something and caught a few nakeds in the springs...that was interesting...lots of bridges and things to look at...very different ride than i've ever done before...the upper 8 miles is the most technical and there are many places to catch the trail along the way.

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wick331978 on May 23, 2005
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Review: This is as good as it gets in terms of scenery. The lava at the start (upper end) of the ride is technical. Take tubes and patch kit-one time we saw a guy with a torn tire-you don't want to have to bail out on this ride! Be alert to the Blue Pool (about the halfway point). You don't want to miss it!

Similar Trail: Crater Rim Trail (Newberry Crater)

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mtnbkrchik on March 21, 2005
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Review: I rode this trail in 1996 and it was unbelievable. We didn't do the shuttle, rode to and fro. Had awesome elevated singletrack beside and above the McKenzie river (which was raging). The foilage and mammoth trees were absolutely breathtaking. I would def recommend this ride to anyone traveling in the Bend, Oregon area. It was memorable.

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Mckenzie River Trail MTB Trail 4.83 out of 5 based on 33 ratings. 33 user reviews.
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