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McKenzie Pass Hwy 242 Remains Closed

Published: April 06, 2020


Please note: as of 6/15/2020 - Hwy 242 is open to cars. Please watch for cyclists and pedestrians

In past years a section of the McKenzie Pass Scenic Bikeway would open for limited weekend access for cyclists and pedestrians from Sisters to the Dee Wright Observatory. Each year this has been an eagerly anticipated time exclusive to bicycle access prior to the scenic road opening to vehicles. This year crews are working to clear the road but recreational access is not permitted at this time. The full route is not expected to be cleared until June. 

The blog below was first published in 2017.

Cycling HWY 242

From the town of Sisters, the road ascends 2,000 feet, tracing an old 1860s wagon route. During the cyclist-only weekends, you’ll pedal through a corridor of snow, past ancient lava fields and summit at Dee Wright Observatory, with unobstructed views of waterfalls and snow-capped mountains. A truly amazing experience!

McKenzie Pass Scenic Bikeway by Molly BlancettMcKenzie Pass Scenic Bikeway by Molly Blancett


From the summit to Highway 126, enjoy a stunning descent into lush old growth forests as part of the McKenzie Pass Scenic Bikeway. We recommend a room at Belknap Hot Springs on the McKenzie River side. After the ride, rest your body with a soak in the mineral hot springs pools. The riverside view, the warmth and the surrounding forest will leave you relaxed, refreshed and ready for you next adventure.


Top photo by Ross Roca
Author: Taj Barnhart Morgan

Taj Barnhart Morgan is the Director of Content Strategy for Travel Lane County. A journalism graduate from the University of Oregon, Taj has two decades of special event management and hospitality marketing experience in San Diego, CA and Maui, HI. Passionate about mothering, and back to her Oregon roots, she is discovering the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region all over again through the eyes of her daughter.