May- June 15
Also great through August
Ride from Sisters to McKenzie Bridge
Ride from McKenzie Bridge to Sisters
Ride from Sisters to Top and back
Ride from Hwy 126 to Top and Back
Road is closed in winter due to Snow
Usually open to Bike’s only from May to 3rd weekend in June.
Open to cars from then until snow closes road – usually October
6/3/22 – We just got word that you can ride all the way through to Hwy 126 & McKenzie Bridge.
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Scenery – Make sure you take time to stop at Proxy Falls. The 2 falls are gorgeous. You will need to stash bikes in the woods or lock bikes up for this 1.1 mile hike.
If that’s not possible, come back after the ride.
Food – McKenzie Station Pub (in McKenzie Bridge) has an incredible Beef Brisket Burger, which may be the best burger you have ever had. Cold beer on tap too!
After a big ride, I like to reward myself with great food! McKenzie Station Pub has never let me down. The beef brisket burger or Brisket Fries are to die for!”
This is one of the Oregon rides that is expertly covered in Jim Moore’s 75 Classic Rides Oregon (see the “Oregon” section in Rides by Region).
This ride is the greatest climb and descent in Oregon. ‘Nuff said. And in addition, you get class-A Oregon forest and an enormous lava “moonscape” you’ll never forget.
Jay’s Essential Bike Rides
From the Steel Bridge Blog –
“The big reason that I was drawn to McKenzie Pass is that for several weeks each spring it is open exclusively to non-motorized traffic. When winter snow arrives the pass closes. In the spring, crews begin plowing the snow and eventually bikes and pedestrians are permitted along the route. In a normal year, the route reopens to motorists on the third Monday in June. Erin and I made plans to bike the highway on a Sunday, the last day before it would open to motorists.”
“The mountains are glorious, though clouds still block the upper tips of the Sisters. I watch proudly as Erin rolls towards me and dismounts her bike. I ask how she feels upon reaching the top, perhaps expecting a hint of gratitude that I helped motivate her to achieve her goal.”
Click the “Continue Reading” button to hear about the rest of their journey – sounds like they should have started the ride in Sisters…..