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McKenzie Pass-Santiam Pass loop

Sisters, OR
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Visiting the moon.....

This is a very scenic drive and involves a lot of switchbacks. The highlight was the Dee-Wright... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Incredible sights!

We had no idea that such a spectacular view existed until a local from Sisters told us to take this... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Ginny K
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Eighty-two-mile scenic byway offering the best foliage in the state.
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Reviewed 6 days ago

This is a very scenic drive and involves a lot of switchbacks. The highlight was the Dee-Wright observatory which overlooked miles of lava fields. That alone was worth the drive. There is also a mile loop that is very easy to walk, paved and makes...More

Thank Traderjoey
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had no idea that such a spectacular view existed until a local from Sisters told us to take this ride. Visiting Camp Sherman, Lake Metolius, the fish hatcheries and the MacKenzie Pass has been a high point in our tour around Oregon!!

Thank Ginny K
Reviewed 1 week ago

Cycling the McKenzie Pass was the hardest day of my life on a bike. It's doable even for non-elite cyclists like myself but oh, what a tough ride it is. Getting to the top was a personal accomplishment but I can't say it was worth...More

1  Thank HospitalDude
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited mckenzie pass from Eugene to Sisters. There is no mobile signal (esp for tmobile). We took a map at rangers office and were able to locate the points of interest on the route. Fantastic sceneries and narrow roads. Please note that there will...More

1  Thank bharani k
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

this is one of the great oregon roads you have to take at least once, and give yourself plenty of time to stop and take pictures at the top of the pass. a winding road great for motorcycles but also just a great family trip...More

Thank Steven J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were heading back to Eugene from Bend and wanted to go a different route to see more of this beautiful area. We took 242 back to 126 and it was worth the effort. My husband was a little stressed after driving a few switchbacks,...More

2  Thank Kay M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Loved traveling through your scenic byway, so much beauty in that area, all those trees, water, the MacKenzie, & Santiam Rivers are so nice, majestic, just majestic!

1  Thank doris s
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is such a great drive through pine forests and lava fields! The views are stunning! A must drive if you are visiting Central Oregon. I take all my out-of-town visitors here.

1  Thank ZenPirate
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The observatory at the McKenzie Pass summit gives a panoramic view of several surrounding volcano mountains, individually framed in rock windows in a wonderful little WPA project building built of black lava chunks. It is a testament to the beauty of nature and a reminder...More

2  Thank Karenl L
Reviewed 8 June 2017

The old road is closed to all but bikes each year in early June. Very special. Incredible views. The road is in great shape. There is a restroom at the observatory on top but no water.

Thank Sandy P
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Response from 2Vegans2wheels | Reviewed this property |
It's a totally safe road, but be aware of your speed. People driving too fast tend to stray into the other lane and onto the shoulder on curves. I ride it on a motorcycle several times a summer.......other drivers are the... More