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This is the signature trail ride in Oregon, rated the #1 trail in the nation by a national cycling magazine. It’s 26 miles of beauty and challenge, offering sections that are appropriate and challenging for everyone from the weekend cruiser to the thrill junkie.<\/p>\r\n

The top-end trailhead starts just off Highway 126 about a mile above Clear Lake; there’s an off-road parking lot. Most people ride this one-way (usually downhill from the top) in groups, using shuttle vehicles; soloists can try a hitchhiking solution, ride it all the way down and back (a long day) or pick a shorter segment to ride out-and-back.<\/p>\r\n

The trail starts in deep forest and soon presents a choice of routes around Clear Lake. Go east (left) to take the challenging route through loose lava rock, some paved trail (but not easy, actually) and along the rugged edge of the lake. You’ll go right by the spring pool that feeds the lake and the McKenzie River. The west fork is much gentler.<\/p>\r\n

After Clear Lake you’ll cross the highway and start a section of technical trail through the forest – roots, rocks, small ledges and lava rocks make this a good challenge. Don’t be too foolish to get off the bike for a couple stretches. You’ll pass Sahalie and Koosah Falls, and eventually lose the river as it submerges below ground. After a bit, you’ll see Tamolitch Pool, a serene bloe pool where the river re-emerges. There are rocks above the pool perfect for stopping for a food break.<\/p>\r\n

As you continue on, there are some more technical stretches, but eventually the trail becomes more intermediate. There are some awesome segments where you can glide through the trees, slaloming like a ski run without touching the brakes for hundreds of yards at a time. There are multiple stream crossings, all with bridges; many of them are made of huge logs and present a serious can-you-ride-this challenge for the adrenaline lovers.<\/p>\r\n

The bottom section is much less technical than the top, but still presents some climbs and plenty of surreal scenery.<\/p>\r\n

The trail crosses roads and jogs around a bit, but it’s signed well enough to keep you on track. There are multiple entry points from Highway 126; check with the ranger station in McKenzie Bridge for advice if you want a partial ride.<\/p>\r\n

This is (overall) downhill, but it’s not necessarily a trail where you’ll make fast time. Allow four to five hours top to bottom unless you’re in a hurry. And on this trail, you shouldn’t be.<\/p>\r\n

More info: http:\/\/rideoregonride.com\/trails\/mckenzie-river-trail\/<\/a><\/p>","post_name":"mckenzie-river-trail","post_type":"resource","slug":"recreation","name":"Recreation","lat":"44.1797","lng":"-122.116","distance":"0.3","permalink":"\/see-do\/recreation\/cycling\/hiking\/mckenzie-river-trail\/","terms":"a Hiking<\/a>\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\t (within Recreation<\/a>)"},{"ID":"6942","post_title":"McKenzie River National Recreation Trail","post_content":"The McKenzie River National Recreation Trail is a classic single track and spectacular scenic trail that follows the upper McKenzie River. The trail was designed as an easy, slow paced hiking trail for all ages . The entire 26 miles is now open for bicycles, including the Clear Lake Trail and the Water Falls Trail

The ride is perhaps on the most beautiful in the Willamette National Forest. Because of this beauty and ease of access from several trailheads along Hwy. #126, it is also a very popular trail.

The trail is divided into two segments-the McKenzie Bridge Trailhead to Trailbridge Reservoir and Trailbridge Reservoir to Santiam Wagon Road Trailhead.","post_name":"mckenzie-river-national-recreation-trail","post_type":"resource","slug":"recreation","name":"Recreation","lat":"44.1832","lng":"-122.124","distance":"0.4","permalink":"\/see-do\/recreation\/hiking\/mckenzie-river-national-recreation-trail\/","terms":"a Hiking<\/a>\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\t (within Recreation<\/a>)"},{"ID":"6945","post_title":"McKenzie Bridge Trailhead to Trailbridge Reservoir Trail","post_content":"This trail is section one of the McKenzie River National Recreation Trail. It is an easy 15 miles at an elevation of 1,500 feet. This portion of the trail is relatively easy with numerous access points to begin or end the ride. Start your ride at this trailhead and begin the gentle uphill trip along the beautiful McKenzie River.

This portion of the trail follows along some impressive old-growth Douglas-fir stands as well as younger forests with old-growth scattered along the trail. You will pass by some camping areas and great whitewater vistas. There are numerous log bridges that cross side creeks along the way. Most are too narrow to ridge. This segment ends near Tail Bridge Reservoir where the trail meets Forest Road 2672-655.","post_name":"mckenzie-bridge-trailhead-to-trailbridge-reservoir-trail","post_type":"resource","slug":"recreation","name":"Recreation","lat":"44.178","lng":"-122.111","distance":"0.7","permalink":"\/see-do\/recreation\/hiking\/mckenzie-bridge-trailhead-to-trailbridge-reservoir-trail\/","terms":"a Hiking<\/a>\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\t (within Recreation<\/a>)"},{"ID":"6822","post_title":"Old Foley Road Trail","post_content":"Old Foley Road Trail is an easy 10.8 mile hike. This loop ride has a variety of peddling on all types of roads, providing a good workout, great vistas and example of various forest silviculture stages. The name Foley was derived from a doctor who ran a resort and hot springs during the 1870's.

The ride is best initiated at the McKenzie Ranger Station, due to the availability of parking. Ride east on Hwy. #126 form the Ranger Station to Foley Road (#2643) approximately half a mile. Take a right up Foley. The biggest gradient begins in one mile and subsides in 1.5 miles. This road stays at a good gradient until the intersection of Rd. 410.

When you reach this intersection, there is a sign that indicated Rainbow Falls, Separation Trailhead, and Foley Seed Orchard. Don't go towards these area, but go right on the Rd. 410, which is a gravel road. After 5.2 miles, you will see an old country road, which is Rd. 347. you will recognize this intersection because Rd. 410 is bermed up to stop motor vehicles from going farther. Take the right and go on this old country road and stay on it for several miles. There are several spur roads on the left and right, but don't get diverted onto these unless you are up for exploring-some come with vistas.

After 6.9 miles, the downhill ride begins. Here, the road will flatten out, make note of this because the intersection of Horse Creek Road is coming up soon, at 7.8 miles. Take a right at Horse Creek Road. Take another right onto Hwy. #126 and ride 1.5 miles to reach the McKenzie River National Recreation Trail, which is one mile west of the Ranger Station. You may ride the trail or continue on Hwy. #126 back to the Ranger Station.","post_name":"old-foley-road-trail","post_type":"resource","slug":"recreation","name":"Recreation","lat":"44.1796","lng":"-122.106","distance":"1.1","permalink":"\/see-do\/recreation\/hiking\/old-foley-road-trail\/","terms":"a Hiking<\/a>\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\t (within Recreation<\/a>)"},{"ID":"672300","post_title":"Trail Bridge Reservoir to Santiam Wagon Road Trailhead Trail","post_content":"This portion of the McKenzie River Recreation Trail is more challenging, due to the section of rugged and steep terrain in some portions. This is more difficult 11 mile trail at an elevation of 2,500 feet. The trail passes through both remote lava flows and old-growth forest, as well as developed recreational area, including magnificent, highly visited waterfalls, and popular Clear Lake Resort.

The Clear Lake-Sahalie Fall area attracts thousands of visitors each year. Trails are crowded with forest users having a wide range of ages, physical abilities, and outdoor experiences. The trail ends at the uppermost trailhead between Fish lake and Clear Lake, at the historic Santiam Wagon Road.","post_name":"trail-bridge-reservoir-to-santiam-wagon-road-trailhead-trail","post_type":"resource","slug":"recreation","name":"Recreation","lat":"44.174","lng":"-122.137","distance":"1.4","permalink":"\/see-do\/recreation\/hiking\/trail-bridge-reservoir-to-santiam-wagon-road-trailhead-trail\/","terms":"a Hiking<\/a>\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\t (within Recreation<\/a>)"}]},"success":true,"html":""}