Loop Trail? No
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No Allowed Uses:
Bicycling (off pavement)
Dogs - On leash
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
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Location: follows upper McKenzie River along SR 126
Counties: Lane, Linn
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.
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: 1977
Supporting Webpages and DocumentsDocument: Photo - Along the MRT
Website: USDA Forest Service MRT Page
Website: USFS Trail Details
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.
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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