NOTE as of 11/15/21: A short section in the middle of this trail is closed due to wildfire damage and a collapsed bridge. The MRT is closed between Deer Creek Road (near Belknap Hot Springs) and the Tamolitch Falls / Blue Pool trailhead. It is possible to hike or ride on the trail below Belknap or above Blue Pool but you cannot currently ride the entire length of the trail. A new bridge is expected to be complete by 2023.
This easy 26.5 mile (43 km) trail parallels the scenic McKenzie River, gaining 1,750 ft (525 m) as it passes through many contrasting environments: lava beds, lakes, reservoirs, waterfalls, cold-water creeks and dense old-growth forests. Eleven clearly marked trailheads provide access from Hwy 126. The lower trailhead is approximately 56 miles (90 km) from Eugene and at an elevation of 1,450 ft (435 m). No permit is needed, and the lower half is great for kids.