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Mckenzie Pass Highpoint and Dee Wright Observatory Trails

You will feel like you're on the moon while exploring the trails through the lava fields at the height of Mckenzie Pass
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Difficulty: Easy
Length: 1 miles
Duration: Less than 1 hour
Family Friendly

Overview :  You are at the highest point in the pass at this Observatory. The structure, built completely of lava rocks, offers fantastic views... more »

Tips:  From Sisters Drive West on the Mckenzie Pass Highway (Rte 242). You'll know it when you come to the area as there is a large parking ... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Parking Area

From the parking area head out on the trail through the lava field towards the east for a great loop hike with wonderful views.

2. Lava Trail Loop

It doesn't matter which way you go here. It is a loop trail that will bring you back to this point. Enjoy the great views and make sure to read all the interpretive signs.

3. Dee Wright Observatory

This is an amazing observatory in the pass with 360 degree views over the lava fields. The structure is made up of lava rocks and there is a compass at the top of it the identifies all the surrounding peaks. There are also interpretive signs about the first travelers over the pass and the hard times they encountered. You'll also learn a lot... More

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4. Early Travelers

Here is an interpretive sign area that describes the first travelers over the pass and the ordeals they went through. From this point you can head back the way you came or take the paved loop path through the lava field toward the western lot. From there just head back up the road to your car. You'll have great views of Belknap and Little... More