McKenzie River National Recreational Trail

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McKenzie River National Recreational Trail is a 24.3 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Blue River, OR that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

24.3 miles 2992 feet Point to Point

dog friendly




mountain biking

nature trips

trail running






wild flowers



This is an amazing bike trail, one of the best in Oregon. You'll pass by beautiful lakes, 2 big waterfalls, through lava fields and through beautiful forests.

2 months ago

I hiked the McKenzie River trail from the northern end to Tamolitch pool and back. Great backpacking trip, for sure! Hikers and bikers should keep an eye out for each other, especially on narrow parts of the trail and on slopes.

Sahalie and Koosah Falls are both gorgeous and there are trails on the opposite side of the river that are family friendly and easily accessed from the highway.

3 months ago

A perfect little hike--take the kids, take your parents who don't like hiking--they will after this one! Beautiful forest follows river then goes up above river on lave rock to the gorgeous Tamolitch Pool. Something special to see for sure.

4 months ago

bathrooms we're disgusting

10 months ago

10 months ago

Nice place. The river has unbelievable naturally occurring shades of blue and green. I imagine heaven to look like this area; where are the unicorns? For certain, rainbows can be seen. We have only done ten miles of this trail, glad we have so much more to explore!

5 years ago

This was one of the hardest trips I've ever done, mostly because I'm not a biker. Did the entire 26 miles in 9 hours, and took two headers over the handle bars. The hardest section is from Tamolitch/Blue Pool for about a mile. It's all technical lava rock. For beginners start at Carmen Reservoir, it's a nice 14 mile ride that isn't too technical at all. Still glad to check the entire 26 miles off my list of Oregon adventures.

6 years ago

I absolutely love camping up in this area! The McKenzie River is simply amazing and provides a lot of great outdoor activities. The fishing along it are some of the best in the nation. Some of my favorite camping areas are Blue River Reservoir and a little further up river. Both camping areas have restrooms, and boat ramps available. Also hiking trailheads are near by. Blue River Reservoir is more for those that simply want to set up their tent or camper right along the shore. Paradise Campground is more established, with set campsites, and a restrooms throughout the campgrounds. Great places to camp with the whole family. Be sure to reserve a spot for Paradise, because the campground is quite popular and fills up quickly during the summer.