24.5 miles
Distance
601 ft
Climb
-2,318 ft
Descent
04:12:49
Avg time
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    Land Manager

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  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    McKenzie River
    Eugene, Oregon
  • Ref Number
    #3507
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Blue (4 votes)
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
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  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • TTFs on Trail
    Bridge
  • Global Ranking
    #3507 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #74289 in Trail Running
    • #42303 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    70 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 65 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • Land Owner
    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
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for McKenzie River Trail multi-use trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -1,717 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,423 ft
  • Altitude max
    3,144 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,139 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,424 ft
  • Grade
    -1.3%
  • Grade max
    -36.6%
  • Grade min
    17.2%
  • Distance climb
    5 miles
  • Distance down
    16 miles
  • Distance flat
    4 miles
  • Avg time
    04:12:49
  • Avg reverse time
    05:29:04
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Avg: 4.25 (48 votes)
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      McKenzie River Trail Trail Reports

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      May 11, 2024 @ 5:19am
      May 11, 2024
      Fully open, top to bottom. Maybe 3 or 4 small muddy spots but that’s it. No snow on trail. If you plan on doing the whole thing it would be wise...
      May 5, 2024 @ 8:34am
      May 5, 2024
      Horsehead lodge reporting fully open on April 24 with spots of snow on upper section.
      Aug 18, 2023 @ 3:39pm
      Aug 18, 2023
      The Lookout Fire continues to rage on. The lower 2/3rds of the McKenzie River Trail is a Stage 3 Evacuate Now status. Please stay away until...
      Jul 9, 2023 @ 8:22pm
      Jul 9, 2023
      Ideal and dry dirt. Trail still riding really well. Upper half is tech; lower half is flowy. Had a bunch of hikers on the upper half on Sunday and...
      Jun 20, 2023 @ 2:16pm
      Jun 20, 2023
      a few down trees right at the end. whatever rerouting existed doesn't anymore, just an easy log walk. cool trail!
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 1 rides
      • 14 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 9 rides
      • 27 miles avg distance
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      • 857 rides
      • Last: May 19, 2024

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      Jul 8, 2023 @ 1:38pm
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