McKenzie River Pass Full Day Ride

Rate this Adventure Oregon Village Green City Park

Added by The Outbound Collective

  • This is a big ride but well worth it for the views and challenge
  • Distance: ~38mi (one way)
  • Elevation gain: 2,191 vertical feet (add an additional 4,000 VF if you ride back to Sisters)
  • Duration: All Day

The 38 mile McKenzie Pass ride is without a doubt the most spectacular bike ride in the entire state of Oregon. The ride begins at the Village Green Park in Sisters, Oregon, along Oregon Route 242, which is a stretch of roadway included on the U.S. Register of Historic Places.

The route heads west past hay meadows and ascends 2,000 feet through ponderosa pine forests. The road follows an 1860s wagon route, emerging from the forest at Windy Point and revealing a view of Mt. Washington and a 2,000-year-old lava flow.

The 25 mile, 4,000 foot descent snakes down exhilarating switchbacks to the dense, verdant Cascadian forests and rushes out over the McKenzie River. It is these dramatic transitions through such diverse natural environments that define the uniqueness of this Oregon bikeway. Detailed Route

If you want a view and a little bit of upscale brew food, check out Brasada Ranch

Photos: Thomas Shahan Sam Beebe

Pack List

  • All cycling gear
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Camera/ phone
Read More

Share

Activities:

Cycling

Skill Level:

Intermediate

Season:

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Trail Type:

Point-to-Point

Distance:

38 Miles

Elev. Gain:

2191 Feet

Features:

Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Groups
Scenic

Are we missing something?

Suggest an edit

How to Get There

Have you done this adventure? Have something to add? You could be the first to leave a review!

Added by The Outbound Collective

Your Home For Adventure.

More Adventures Nearby

Bike from Hood River to The Dalles

Oregon / Old Columbia River Dr Parking (Hood River)

The ride from Hood River to The Dalles is one of the best 20 mile stretches of road biking in Oregon, and arguably the best.

Michael Graw
31 Saves

Ride to the Top of Mary's Peak

Oregon / Sky High Brewing

This ride takes you from the banks of the Willamette River at the Corvallis waterfront to the top of Mary's Peak, 26 miles and 4,000 vertical feet away.

Michael Graw
137 Saves

Bike around Crater Lake

Oregon / Rim Village Visitor Center, Crater Lake NP

I forgot how large Crater Lake was. Wikipedia said it was only 6 miles in diameter, multiply X 3.14 or C = πd and boom its only 18.84 miles around, that's cake, or pie.

Colton Jacobs
72 Saves