McKenzie River Trail

  • Koosah Falls McKenzie River Trail

Description

Description

The McKenzie River Trail is a spectacular 26 mile long trail that follows the McKenzie River from it’s headwaters (Clear Lake) in the Cascade Mountain range. The diverse changes in the typography keeps it interesting. Highlights include multiple grand waterfalls, lava fields, old growth forest, and the beautiful ‘Blue Pool’ (a topaz blue jewel like body of water that must be seen).

The beauty of the trail is world famous – drawing hikers and mountain bikers from all over the world. In 2008, Bike Magazine named it America’s #1 bike trail. Even with its grand reputation, it rarely gets overcrowded. In fact in the spring and fall, you might travel for an hour or so without seeing anyone else. These are my favorite times to be on the trail. In October the trees display a spectacular show of Fall colors – vibrant golds set amount the evergreens, punctuation by splashes of crimson reds.

The trail is open for hiking and mountain biking year round. The bottom of the trail is usually accessible throughout the year, and in the winter, the upper part of the trail is covered with snow. The trail has good draining soil – so it doesn’t get too muddy during spring and fall seasons.

For more detailed information about the trail – including FREE trail maps, photos, video and other local bike trails – visit McKenzieRiverTrail.com

The McKenzie River Trail was rated America’s #1 Mountain Bike Trail in 2008 by Bike Magazine readers.  Come and see for yourself why so many people rave about this bike trail!

This 27 mile long trail follows the McKenzie River form it’s headwaters at Clear Lake where springs literally gush from the ground to form this mighty river.  (Even if you don’t want to ride the trail – a visit to Clear Lake is a must do.)

See the massive craggy fingers of the lava flows that have shaped this land, created this lake and some of the rivers most spectacular water features – it’s waterfalls.

The trail loops around Clear Lake and proceeds through lovely old growth forest to a string of 2 simply stunning waterfalls.  First Sahalie and then Koosah.  (Hikers and those who prefer to tour nature by automobile can also view these spectacles with relatively short walks from a parking lot.)

From there the McKenzie River mysteriously disappears underground.  Riders follow the old river bed and approach the now dry Tamolitch waterfall ledge.  Peering over the ledge is a crystal clear pool of water that seems to be as still as glass.  One could easily assess the depth at only 5 feet or so, yet the pool can easily surpass 30 feet in parts.

The waterfall ledge is a favorite for jumping on a hot summer day.  (The water is cold and be very careful to check the area for safety first).

At the end of this crystal blue pool, the McKenzie River runs again.

More old growth forest, wooden bridges, streams and creeks continue until the bottom of the trail is reached.

Good riders can complete the trail in as little as 4 1/2 hours.  Average riders should give themselves 6-8 hours to enjoy the trail.  Other riders should consider conquering the trail in more manageable chunks – diving the trail into 2 parts.

Visit McKenzieRiverTrail.com for more details about the McKenzie River Trail.

As the trail is 27 miles and starts at the top, a shuttle service is recommended.  McKenzie River Mountain Resort offers a public shuttle service and mountain bike rentals 541-822-6272

 

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O'Leary Trail is now open!!!!

"If you come to ride the McKenzie River Trail, you need to ride the O'Leary Trail" - Bike Magazine

McKenzie River Mountain Resort and Shuttle 541-822-6272
Shuttles for full ride and half ride available now $30 each or $25 each for a group of friends of 4 or more.

Note: upper shuttles not available yet - the road still needs to be cleared.
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OLeary Trail is now open!!!!

If you come to ride the McKenzie River Trail, you need to ride the OLeary Trail - Bike Magazine 

McKenzie River Mountain Resort and Shuttle 541-822-6272
Shuttles for full ride and half ride available now $30 each or $25 each for a group of friends of 4 or more.

Note: upper shuttles not available yet - the road still needs to be cleared.

Due to a release of water from Carmen reservoir, there is a temporary hazard of standing water along an approximate ¼ mile section of the McKenzie River National Recreation Trail. The amount of water released from Carmen reservoir will drop quickly beginning next Thursday, June 29, 2017 and the trail will begin to dry out. We will assess trail condition at that time.

Changes in flow volume are related to the reconstruction and improvement of EWEB’s Carmen-Smith Hydroelectric facilities. EWEB and the Willamette NF are coordinating closely.

The standing water is intermittent and contains sections that muddy as well as those that have variable water depths between approximately ankle deep up to knee/thigh deep. Signs are posted along the trail and at trailheads. Visitors to Tamolitch Falls/Blue Pool are asked to use the Tamolitch Falls TH near the Trailbridge Reservoir.

Follow us on Twitter and Fb for updates (none expected on this topic until next Thursday, however)

The sign that we have posted is attached for reference. The two pictures show one the deeper places of standing water and one of the shallower places.

NOTE: There is a ride around that takes you on the hwy (approx. 5 miles) if you don't want to get wet. Ads maybe 1 mile to the ride - takes less time as why is faster ride than the trail.

On the plus side- the Tamolitch Blue Pool waterfall is flowing!! (This is the first year in 20 years up here that I've seen that waterfall - this is a big deal.)

Thanks to McKenzieRiverMountainResort.com and Forest Service for the picture and information.
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Due to a release of water from Carmen reservoir, there is a temporary hazard of standing water along an approximate ¼ mile section of the McKenzie River National Recreation Trail.  The amount of water released from Carmen reservoir will drop quickly beginning next Thursday, June 29, 2017 and the trail will begin to dry out. We will assess trail condition at that time.
 
Changes in flow volume are related to the reconstruction and improvement of EWEB’s Carmen-Smith Hydroelectric facilities. EWEB and the Willamette NF are coordinating closely.
 
The standing water is intermittent and contains sections that muddy as well as those that have variable water depths between approximately ankle deep up to knee/thigh deep. Signs are posted along the trail and at trailheads. Visitors to Tamolitch Falls/Blue Pool are asked to use the Tamolitch Falls TH near the Trailbridge Reservoir.
 
Follow us on Twitter and Fb for updates (none expected on this topic until next Thursday, however)
 
The sign that we have posted is attached for reference. The two pictures show one the deeper places of standing water and one of the shallower places.

NOTE: There is a ride around that takes you on the hwy (approx. 5 miles) if you dont want to get wet. Ads maybe 1 mile to the ride - takes less time as why is faster ride than the trail. 

On the plus side- the Tamolitch Blue Pool waterfall is flowing!! (This is the first year in 20 years up here that Ive seen that waterfall - this is a big deal.)

Thanks to McKenzieRiverMountainResort.com and Forest Service for the picture and information.

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Woah. I will have to see this.

Mike Panozzo Jason Qunell Billy Flores

Tessa

Ben Peters we should go

A week late. Bummer!

Tracy Burden

Next week !

Jim Kah

I wanna see it too!!

Tori Linnea Jauregui our trip !

Kira Lyon

Amber LaQuinn, next week?

I come to this place before....👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

Jeremy Stahler

Wow! That's beautiful!

Everybody enjoy the summer on the trails!! Please pack out what you pack in, stay on designated trails, and do a bit extra and pick up other trash you may see! Keep the woods beautiful!!

David Fusilli, Colin Hunt, Adam Chechire Edwards, Sam Makman.

Shannon Carlton

Gary Hunter we're going on Sunday will get pics

Jeff Sanders

Caleb Rogers babe let's go

Bethany Willis FYI in case you head out to Tamolitch Pool!

Wow.. Maybe one last hike is due... This used to be one of my hidden gems for the past 10 years or so.. It's now way to popular. I'm keeping the other gems secret.

Ana Karen Gomez Michelle Ramos let's go to blue pool

Patricia Silvestre

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