Route in Cascades open to cyclists

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The McKenzie Pass Scenic Bikeway in Oregon is open and cyclists can enjoy the route car free until June 15.

I’ve been over this pass out of Sisters in a car and it’s a fantastic drive. A bike ride would be incredible.

This route closes during winter months due to snow, and each spring there is a window after the snow melts when there are only bikes crossing the Cascades through lush forests and ancient lava fields.

The 38-mile McKenzie Pass ride is considered the most spectacular ride in Central Oregon. 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 switchbacks to the dense forests and rushes out over the McKenzie River. Most of the route is closed during winter months, but bicycles are usually allowed a week before it reopens to cars in the spring, providing miles of traffic-free road riding as the snow melts.

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Photo provided by PathlessPedaled.com

 

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