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McKenzie River National Recreation Trail

Basics
Location:
East of Eugene, Along the McKenzie River
Setting:
Forest
Length:
27 miles
Difficulty:
Intermediate
Trailhead Elevation:
1450 feet
Elevation Range:
1450 feet to 3200 feet
Elevation Change:
1750 feet
Season:
Year Round

Description

Follow the whitewater of the McKenzie as you thread through massive, old forests of Douglas firs, waterfalls and long-cooled flows of lava.

Ranked one of the best trails in the United States, the McKenzie trail explores old growth forest, crystal clear rivers and pools, waterfalls, and lava flows. The McKenzie Trail is great thanks to its length, miles and miles of unbroken singletrack. No burning climbs, just a slight hill that makes a pleasant uphill and an amazing downhill.

Details

Location:
East of Eugene, Along the McKenzie River
Setting:
Forest
Length:
27 miles
Difficulty:
Intermediate
The difficulty is the length.
Trailhead Elevation:
1450
Elevation Range:
1450 feet to 3200
Elevation Change:
1750
Season:
Year Round
Additional Details:

The trailhead is located about 1.5 miles east of McKenzie Bridge on Hwy. 126. Look for a turnout and parking area behind a guardrail. There are 11 parking areas scattered along the length of the trail.

Map + Directions

Basic Directions
    From McKenzie River Ranger District
  • Head west for a mile, and you'll find the trailhead.

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