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McKenzie Pass-Santiam Pass loop

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Address: Sisters, OR
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Eighty-two-mile scenic byway offering the best foliage in the state.

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Great view of the Cascades

Weather permitting, this drive should be on your itinerary when visiting Oregon. It will be quite a few degrees cooler than lower altitudes, so dress warm and bring water. There... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Weather permitting, this drive should be on your itinerary when visiting Oregon. It will be quite a few degrees cooler than lower altitudes, so dress warm and bring water. There are serviceable restrooms as well which is a big plus.

Thank Master_Tennison
Methuen, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

At 5335 elevation on Oregon 242, McKenzie's Pass is one of those must roads if your traveling thru Oregon. Unreal views of the Sisters mounatin pass and Mt Washington to the north. A very cool observatory at the top of the pass is made from the lava around it. Some walk, hike and bike it, so be careful to those... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2015 via mobile

Just out of Sister's. A beautiful, winding, seasonal road was a great alternative route across the pass. Worth the extra time.

Thank Luke T
Spokane, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

I've ridden this twice taking eastbound 126 out of Florence, Or. & then 242 to Sisters, Or. At the top the lava flow & observatory are mind blowing, but for a rider the road to it takes your breath away! Limited vehicle length (35 foot I believe) tells part of the tale about the seemingly endless series of 15 &... More 

Thank Bill J
Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015

The McKenzie Pass Road is gorgeous. Do to the tight curves it forces one to slow down and enjoy the lava fields, trees and rivers along the way. We took this route because the Santiam Pass was shut down for 4 hrs. because of an accident. Taking this route added about hour trip to Black Butte Ranch. As noted, there... More 

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Coronado, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015 via mobile

Didn't have many expectations because I was initially just driving from Bend to Eugene. However on my nav system I saw this route was open only seasonally and that it had a long and curvy decent. Wow, was I pleased with what I found. Loving scenic drives, this had wonderful features to place it high on my list of favorites.... More 

Thank TravisGood
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

We were staying in Bend. One afternoon,we decided to take this drive through the Cascades. The drive starts in the town of Sisters. The signage is good. We stopped at the Dee Wright Observatory and looked at all the mountain peaks and lava fields. This building is made from lava rock. We drove slowly around all the hairpin turns to... More 

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Chappaqua, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

It doesn't get more beautiful. Great views of the mountains and lava fields and you feel as though you are traveling through luscious pine forests that just don't end.

Thank joannagale
Harrisonburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

The next time i would back track from the observatory to Sisters. The loop walk is a must. There was no problem with traffic

Thank gh0stchaser
Sisters, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

Beautiful drive, very windy, be ready to take your time. There are a lot of "Sunday drivers" that take this route.

Thank Tami B

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