McKenzie River Trail

photo: Lava fields along the trail. Photo by Michael T.

Type: Backcountry
Length: 25.90 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Bicycling (off pavement)
Dogs - On leash
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Location: follows upper McKenzie River along SR 126
State(s): Oregon
Counties: Lane, Linn
Latitude: 44.1771
: -122.13578

The trail begins approximately 1.5 miles east of the community of McKenzie Bridge


The McKenzie River Trail provides an array of recreational opportunities including camping, fishing, photography, exploring, and wildlife viewing. The trail meanders along the upper McKenzie River for nearly 27 miles, and ends near the river's headwaters at Clear Lake. The trail climbs from 1,450 feet to nearly 3,200 feet. There are 11 parking areas scattered along Highway 126 which provide access to the trail. The proximity of the trail to the highway and various crossroads make it possible to plan outings that range from short walks to treks lasting several days.

Additional Details

Width: 24 inches.
Primary Surface: Soil
Secondary Surface: Soil, compacted

Average Grade: 5%
Maximum Grade: 14%
Elevation Low Point: 1,450
Elevation High Point: 3,200
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Document: Photo - Along the MRT
Website: USDA Forest Service MRT Page

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Tyson Cross
Willamette National Forest
57600 McKenzie Hwy
McKenzie Bridge , OR 97413
(541) 822-3381



Sahalie Falls, along the trail.

Sahalie Falls, along the trail.

Lava fields along the trail.

Lava fields along the trail.


River rocks along the trail.

River rocks along the trail.




One of the nation's best!

The MRT travels over 20 miles in lush Oregon forest beside one of the most beautiful river's I've ever seen. It passes through lava fields (hot in summer!), clear lake, two iconic waterfalls and miles of solitude.

October 7, 2017



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