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.