McKenzie River Area
McKenzie River Area Highlights
- 26 miles of blissful old-growth rainforest riding.
- Parallels a wonderful segment of the nationally recognized Wild and Scenic McKenzie River.
- A relatively modest trail profile makes for a great full-day ride for intermediate riders.
- Rooty but fast riding terrain.
- Close to hot springs, falls and campsites.
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About the McKenzie River Area
This hot spot area features the McKenzie River Trail, a ride Bike Magazine readers rated America’s number-one mountain biking trail in 2008. This regional classic offers 26 miles of blissful old-growth rainforest riding at its best. Ribbons of single-track weave through a mixed-conifer landscape paralleling a wonderful segment of the McKenzie River. The trail’s relatively modest profile makes for a great full-day ride for intermediate riders. Its terrain is rooty but fast, and not too difficult for less-experienced riders.
There are many stellar campsites and places to rent small cabins on the river, along with several awesome natural attractions, including the bright-blue Tamolitch pool and the 73-foot Sahalie Falls and 64-foot Koosah Falls. The area also features multiple hot springs — perfect for a soak after a long day of ripping berms. For improved hot springs with lodging and camping, check out Belknap Hot Springs.
The McKenzie River Mountain Resort offers a shuttle service from the bottom of the McKenzie River Trail to the top, and Cog Wild Mountain Bike Tours shuttles groups of six or more riders from Bend. About a mile below the end of the MRT, Horse Creek Lodge offers parking at the lodge and a shuttle to the top of the trail; or, for riders coming from Bend or the east side, simply park at the top, ride the trail and roll into Horse Creek Lodge for a shuttle back to your start point.
Check out the McKenzie River National Recreation Trail #3507 information page from the U.S. Forest Service to learn more.
McKenzie River Mountain Resort offers bike rentals, as long as you stick to the lower half of the trail — the resort prohibits use of its bikes on the upper half. If you’re arriving from the east, you can rent in Sisters at Eurosports, or in Bend at Pine Mountain Sports, Sunnyside Sports or Hutch’s Bicycles.