"You hear people quack on and on about the McKenzie River Trail and you begin to wonder whether any single trail can really be that great. Then you ride the McKenzie River Trail and you realize that, if anything, folks have been downplaying its greatness. It’s not that the McKenzie is incredibly challenging (though the lava rock sections on the upper end are a handful).
What makes the McKenzie so great is the almost seamless flow of winding singletrack. You bob, duck and weave, hour after hour, along a perfectly buff ribbon of riverside singletrack. No painful climbs or obligatory fire roads here. It’s just one constant blur of mossy, old growth forest. When all is said and done, you’ll have descended about 1,800 feet, been witness to scores of waterfalls, deep blue pools and mountain biking Hallmark moments. It’s a slight downhill, perfect, really, for middle chain ring cruising. But start early, this is still an all-day ride for fit riders."
- Trails TV
McKenzie River Trail Difficulty
The Upper Trail is Intermediate to Advanced
The Lower Trail is Beginner to Intermediate
This Trail is Awesome for Riding and Walking
Walking - the trails are fairly easy walking - no climbing. It's not that steep either.
Unless your an avid hiker/walker, pick just part of the trail and discover it in manageable lengths.
McKenzie River Mountain Resort offers hiking shuttles with preset distances of approx 3, 6 and 9 miles that cover the most scenic viewpoints without backtracking.
Shorter hike/bike Ideas:
To make this work you'll either need to go and groups to shuttle or hire a local shuttle service.
At the base of the trail is the Ranger Station - they can provide paper maps and specific directions for other access points to the trail from the Hwy as well as any special weather or safety conditions that might exist.