24 miles
1,634 ft
-3,354 ft
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of McKenzie River Trail


  • Riding Area
    McKenzie River
    Eugene, Oregon
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Blue (1 vote)
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • TTFs on Trail
  • Global Ranking
    #1967 in Mountain Biking
  • Land Manager
    USFS - Willamette National Forest Office

Whether biking, walking or running - this is one of the most spectacular trails to travel.

Through lush 300 year old old growth forests and lava fields, along side lakes so clean you can see over 100 feet to the bottom!

Traverse handmade log bridges over the multiple streams and rivers that join to make up the majestic McKenzie River. Follow the river as it abruptly stops and disappears into a lava flow and mysteriously starts again some distance later - seemingly out of nowhere.

Stop and wonder how the Tomolich pool could be such a vibrant topaz blue. Continue down the trail following a wild mountain river and her many large and small waterfalls.

Once you've spent some time here, its easy to see why Bike Magazine and her readers gave the McKenzie River Trail its prized #1 spot for best trails in America.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for McKenzie River Trail bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -1,720 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,418 ft
  • Altitude max
    3,160 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,143 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,423 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    7 miles
  • Distance down
    16 miles
  • Distance flat
    1 miles
  • Avg time
  • Avg reverse time
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on Nov 17, 2018
Avg: 4.3 (27 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
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  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed or Major Issue / Red

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
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  • Directions Directions
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Other Other
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McKenzie River Trail Trail Reports

Nov 17, 2018 @ 11:13pm
Nov 17, 2018
Oct 6, 2018 @ 10:51am
Oct 6, 2018
Couple of trees down, nothing you can’t get around.
Sep 30, 2018 @ 11:24am
Sep 30, 2018
Light precipitation in the morning let to excellent conditions, with hardly any loose same sections. Trail was in perfect shape, fall colors it in...
Sep 2, 2018 @ 9:48am
Sep 2, 2018
Jul 26, 2018 @ 6:19am
Jul 26, 2018
Trail was in great shape, tons of hikers near Blue Pool but overall an awesome ride.
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Trail Products

7 Reviews & Comments

  • + 1
flag burn1 SHORE CORPS (Mar 21, 2015 at 18:00)
 This trail is in my top ten of all time . The scenery is spectacular . Has it all from crystal clear lakes , old Lava fields , blue pools , to endless miles of trail .
  • + 1
flag ACLakey Plus (Aug 2, 2015 at 20:49)
 Scenery is amazing, great photo's around every corner. The upper portion of the trail is rocky and technical but the lower half is fun and enjoyable. A great trail all around.
  • + 1
flag rockystumpy (Jul 24, 2016 at 17:16)
 There is an easy and a hard route around Clear Lake (near the start of the MRT). The harder route is not shown (yet).
  • + 1
flag rockystumpy (Jun 13, 2017 at 20:19)
 Trailforks has been updated to show the Clear Lake option (blue trail) on the west side of the lake.
  • + 1
flag dthomp325 (Jun 12, 2018 at 11:44)
 I rode a lollipop from the Blue Pool trailhead up around Clear Lake and back. The riding itself didn't have much elevation change and wasn't all that great, but the scenery was spectacular. Blue Pool and the various falls are not to be missed and worth the ride. There were a lot of hikers around the Blue Pool area, which is kinda unfortunate because that was the most interesting part of the trail from a riding perspective, with ~1mile of cool volcanic rock terrain that made some fun slow-speed tech moves. Scenery: 5/5, riding: 2.5/5.
  • + 0
flag Matchu (Jul 27, 2018 at 21:32)
 Hands down my favorite trail to date, but my wife (who normally likes rocky and technical) hated the lava and loved the rest. The lava fields are scattered from mile 1.7 through mile 2.2 (then they are randomly paved) and again later even more intense for from above the Tamolitch Falls (Blue Pool) and over a mile after until about mile 8.6 where it changes to super easy 4ft wide flat path chucked full of hikers for another mile. I’ve never seen so many hikers for the two miles between Tamolitch Falls (Blue Pool) and the parking lot below. We visited 14 waterfalls during our trip their and it was one of our least favorite and most crowded. If your looking for a blue pool, the best is called Great Spring at mile 1.4 where the trail juts put away from Clear Lake (which the lake is really blue too). I didn’t mind the lava or getting stuck when it bulged up hill, but for intermediate riders like my wife, you can ride to mile 1.4 see the blue pool and double back to the Clear Lake trail for an ultra easy way around the lake and ride down tell roughly mile 6, where the lava is back until mile 8.6 much of it is near non-stop lava far worse then along the lake. I loved the lava, but was shocked for my wife at how crazy technical it was. I tried to take lots of pictures, but pictures shrink everything down and it looks whimper in photos. We didn’t continue past the parking at mile 9.7 (broken chain) but I’ve read the trail gets easier the lower you go.
  • - 1
flag dexterq20 (Oct 15, 2018 at 13:19)
 Great scenery, horrible riding. Flat, boring, and no flow. And prepare to get lots of dirty looks from hikers.

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