Aufderheide Scenic Drive is considered by many as one of Oregon’s most beautiful scenic drives. It gets very little traffic – making for an amazing road bike experience.
As you go up you will follow the North Fork of the Willamette River and once over the top, you follow the South Fork of the McKenzie River. On the McKenzie side is Cougar Reservoir and the popular Terwilliger Hot Springs.
Lodging and food options exist on both sides of the ride.
Highway is not maintained for snow and ice. Please call the McKenzie River Ranger Station for off season road conditions 541-822-3381
Usually safe to plan to ride from mid May though October. Spring and Fall are the best times to ride – less people and the spring flowers or the Fall colors are amazing.
“About eight miles from the northern end of the ride—just after you reach Cougar Lake heading north—you pass Terwilliger Hot Springs (clearly signed), a dramatic series of cascading pools, each cooler than the previous one. There’s a short walk to the pools, so you might want to wait until your ride is over if you’re in cycling shoes, but you don’t need a swimming suit—it’s clothing optional.”
“the scenery was some of the best I’ve ever ridden through. Beautiful rivers, lakes, mountains, and forests. And far and away the BEST downhill section of road I’ve ever ridden.”
Check out Big E’s Cycling Travel Blog and read about his adventure riding the Aufderheide Scenic Highway.