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Mckenzie River

Average Rating:    (4.83 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 6

unreal! This is THE trail. I usually try to go in July on a weekday(avoid most hikers)Get a cabin at clear lake (great food)(bring your own beer). The upper 15 miles is more technical, better grease your headset because theres nothing but "s" turns! This is THE trail for summer. When It gets cold head down to Phoenix and ride the National Trail, The only problem in Phoenix is traffic and Smog!
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Latitude
44.276671273775186
Longitude
-122.5634765625
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Trail Length
28 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
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Review Date
June 22, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: jtooke ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Very beautiful trail that offered some fantastic technical riding combined with flowing fast single track XC. This trail is NOT for beginners, at least the entire trail. If you ride less than 5-10 miles of XC per week I recommend only doing 10-15 mile sections of the trail in a day, especially the upper 15 miles wich is intermediate to advanced level. You will be wiped out and it will ruin the beauty that you experiance on the trail, but the upper trail is the most beautiful. Intermediate and Advanced riders will find an AWSOME mix of technical rocks, roots, hills, and curves on the upper 15-17 miles followed by a moderate aerobic workout on the lower 12-14 miles.

Recommended Route:
Advanced: Ride up and/or back. It will test all aspects of your ability.

Intermediate-Advanced: I recommend starting above Clear Lake and following the trail around the lava flows on the south side of the lake. You can take the Clear Lake trail on the north side of the Lake to avoid the lava, highly recommended if you are a beginner/non-technical rider. The trails meet about 1 mile past the west end of the lake. Continue ot the bottom....BRING A CAMERA!!!LOTS OF WATER ALSO

Beginners: DON'T do the entire trail in one day. There are MULTIPLE places up and down the trail to begin. Avoid the upper trail. Drive your car to the waterfalls...they are just as beautiful from the viewing area.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Nothing else as beautiful and fun to ride. Riding it twice would be better than anything else in the area.



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Review Date
August 18, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: BungedUP ,  Cross Country Rider , from Eugene

Summary:
This is a good trail with a variety of terrain. Steep uphills are generally short, and the scenery keeps your mind distracted from the total elevation gain. Lots of access points, so it is a great trail if you aren't sure how long you are going to be able to ride. Lots of camping opportunites nearby as well, and close to the old McKenzie Pass (a beautiful area for hiking / sight seeing).

Recommended Route:
From Eugene, drive up 126 just past McKenzie Bridge. Small parking area a few miles east of McKenzie Bridge places you at the bottom of the trail. This is the least exciting part of the trail, becuase it is the least technical, and relatively flat. However, it provides a good warm up period for the rest of the day. Most people posting about this trail have been starting at the top and riding down - these people sound like weenies! Just kidding, but seriously, I think that there is a lot of satisfaction from riding up the trail, and then going back and blasting over sections that you just worked your way up. Definitely NOT something you should take a "K-mart" special bike on. There are many sections of this trail which would be just plain dangerous to ride without a capable bicycle. The upper sections from Deer Creek to Clear Lake are much too rocky, steep, and technical to ride on with a cheaply made bicycle.



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Review Date
September 12, 2000

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Paul Wellner , from Portland, Oregon

Summary:
A couple of friends and I went during Labor day weekend on Saturday. Was off and on drizzle which made for a technical ride over rocks and tree roots as well as wet wooden bridges. Mostly down hill for a long 28-29 miles of Intermediate single track. Take lots of water and food. I didn't take any food and died at 12 miles out which left a huge 17 miles of cramps and slow hill climbs which would have been just bumps ona good day. What I really liked about this ride was the never ending single track that required full attention and if you didn't give it you hit the dirt or rocks depending where you were. Take this ride you'll love it and the scenery. It took us about 3-1/2 hours.

Recommended Route:
We hit the trail at the trail head a mile or so south of where 20 dumps into 126. \riding southwest

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Descutes River Trail



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Review Date
June 15, 2000

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Russ B , from Corvallis

Summary:
See other reviews under "McKenzie River Trail". It's the same trail.

Recommended Route:
Directions to Trailhead:
On highway 126, a mile or two south of highway 20, there's a short dirt road heading east. This gets you to the trail. Can't recall if it's marked on the highway. You can also catch the trail at Clear Lake Resort, or go a couple miles further down where the trail crosses the highway. The shoulder's wide enough to park on the highway.



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Review Date
March 16, 2000

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Russ Born , from Corvallis, OR

Summary:
Great ride! First few miles is rocky and technical, after that it's pretty smooth, through lush forest. Great views of the river, some beautiful waterfalls. Almost entirely downhill. I've seen beginners do it (slowly) on K-Mart specials with no problem, and experts hurt themselves pretty badly. There's some tricky curves...stay within your limits...disaster is closer than you think!

Recommended Route:
Start a couple miles above Clear Lake. Trail forks at a bridge. Left fork is more technical, lots of lava. Trails rejoin in a mile or so, below the lake.



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