Here’s a great new video from Columbia Sportswear as they pay homage to our beloved McKenzie River Trail.
Enjoy watching the video and check out www.McKenzieRiverTrail.com for additional trail information. Here are links to other nearby Mountain Biking Trails, Shuttles, Bike Rentals and Lodging options near the McKenzie River Trail.
The McKenzie River trail has often been considered one of America’s best mountain biking trails. This 26 mile trail drops about 1800 feet over that distance so it requires a bit of stamina and endurance. The upper part is considered intermediate to advanced and the lower half is strong beginner to intermediate.
The upper part is really difficult but has some of the most beautiful scenic highlights – Clear Lake, Sahalie and Koosah Fall and Tamolitch Blue Pool.
More casual riders will enjoy the lower half of the trail from Trail-bridge Reservoir to the bottom. Strong riders will enjoy the entire trail. for this reason, some people like to break up the ride into 2 segments.
It is strongly recommended you park at the bottom and shuttle to the top. Parking is limited at the top of the trail and as the McKenzie River Trail is single track through lush rain forest, riding up the trail is not a good idea. There can be a lot of traffic on a narrow trail requiring a lot of stopping and getting off the trail to allow others to pass. While this is a big inconvenience to you and other riders, it also damages the surrounding vegetation.
There are a handful of shuttle operators in the area.
In addition to the McKenzie River trail, the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) just gave nearby O’Leary Trail Epic status – giving you 2 really good reasons to come ride here. Add Terwilliger Hot Springs into the mix and you have a 2 or 3 day world class bike vacation.
About the Author:
Chris LaVoie operates McKenzie River Mountain Resort and Shuttle. He is a registered mountain bike guide with the Sate of Oregon.