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Trail is Now Open!!

 |  clavoie541
Trail Condition: The trail closure from Trailbridge to Deer Creek is now Open!!
McKenzie River Trail - damaged log bridge over deer creek forces partial trail closure.

MRT Trail Closure – From Trailbridge to Deer Creek (5 miles) – No Ride Around Options

 |  Chris LaVoie
The MRT remains closed from Trailbridge down to Deer Creek (5 miles). The forest Service is working on building a new bridge. This is a little more complicated than usual due to the groundbreaking fish habitat restoration being completed on Deer Creek. We are told they are trying to get a soft passthrough while waiting on the bridge rebuild that gets you safely over the creek without interfering with the habitat restoration project.
Terwilliger Hot Springs

Terwilliger Hot Springs

 |  Chris LaVoie
AKA Cougar Hot Springs Cougar Hot Springs is now open. Last Fall the road was closed by falling rocks onto Hwy 19 – cutting off access from the McKenzie side (Hwy y126). Terwilliger Hot springs is a very popular way to relax after a big ride. Terwilliger Hot Springs features multiple pools each slightly cooler from the one above. A small cold water creek runs alongside to cool you down if you get too hot. The setting is a gorgeous heavily wooded spot. You even pass a pretty waterfall as you walk about an 1/8 of a mile on the path to the pools. Terwilliger Hot Springs and the creek feed into Cougar Lake, the reason it’s often nicknamed Cougar Hot Springs. During the summer Cougar Lake gets a lot warmer and you can swim in it. Check out the Terwilliger Hot Spri…

McKenzie Pass is Open to Cyclists

 |  Chris LaVoie
McKenzie Pass is open to Cyclists! 6-11-22: conditions are great – road may be closed to cars for longer than normal this year! Come ride while the road is closed to cars! 6-3-22: There are some areas of slush reported on the western side of the pass. You may need to walk/hike through a short distance. Conditions are changing daily depending on weather and work of ODOT crews.

MRT – Partial Trail Closure (5 miles)

 |  Chris LaVoie
The MRT is closed from Trailbridge down to Deer Creek (5 miles). The Knoll Fire took out a bridge near Deer Creek For your safety, the Forest Service has closed a section of the trail. The original closure area was from Blue Pool trailhead to Frissell Boat Launch is closed. #7 – #11 (now #9) on our free downloadable map. Now the affected closes only 5 miles of trail. You can still bike, hike and/or run the Upper Trail (10.7 miles) or the lower 10 miles. Traffic has been Light this year – great time to ride or hike The Forest Service says we should expect this closure may remain in effect through the 2022 season. They also would prefer you do NOT try bike or hike along the highway to bypass the closed section as too many people along the busy highway pose a saf…

Knoll Fire Closes Part of MRT

 |  Chris LaVoie
Knoll Fire shuts down part of the MRT. For your safety, the Forest Service has closed a section of the trail. The area from Blue Pool trailhead to Frissell Boat Launch is closed. #7 – #12 on our map (approx 8 miles of trail). You can bike, hike and/or run the upper half of the trail or the lower 7 miles.
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