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    McKenzie Pass Ride Report

    This weekend I finally got out to ride McKenzie Pass in central Oregon. I was not the only one, I probably saw about a 100 cyclists just in the two hours I was on the road. This season we have had a cool spring and the mountains got lots of snow so the pass has stayed closed to cars. If you have not ridden the pass and you are in the region, I would definitely suggest it. I rode it up from Sisters and it was a 28 mile round trip. There are certainly options for longer routes. It is 2100 feet of climbing and the top 6 miles are passed the gate and close to vehicles. I wrote up my full report with pictures at my site if you want to see more. I do not have enough posts yet so I cannot link but it is at YMMVReviews in the adventures section.
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    Here is a link to the write-up:

    Thanks for sharing.
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    That first picture is classic, the Willamette National Forest sign in a rocky desolate setting with only one straggly pine tree, lol.

    Truthfully it looks fantastic, I love places that are otherworldly.

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    McKenzie Pass is one of my favorite rides. The last time I was there the pavement was clear but there were snow banks high on either side of the road at the top. Simply wonderful. Thanks for posting.

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    Nice photography!
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    these are better than i was expecting, and my expectations were already rather high.

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    Nice, something else to add to my list of many places I need to visit with my bike.
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    National forest? They should call it McKenzie National Rock Farm instead. Interesting scenery.

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    Nice pics!
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    Great Pics!
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    Great pics! Thanks for this ride report. I haven't headed down to Central Oregon yet this summer. This gives me another great option. When does the road open? When open is the traffic manageable?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tarwheel2 View Post
    National forest? They should call it McKenzie National Rock Farm instead. Interesting scenery.
    2nd this. It does have a lunar quality to it or maybe mars.

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    The McKenzie Pass opens at different times each year. This year was a late year and the road opened last Friday. Midweek is definitely better as there are less cars. I would generally say the cars are manageable as long as they read the length restriction signs below. When the occasional semi-truck or RV ventures up there it can get a bit tight. even in the middle of summer there are still a fair number of cyclists on the road. Thanks for the comments.

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    Sweet ride and

    cool photos

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