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McKenzie Pass-Santiam Pass loop

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

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It is such a pity that the air was quite smoky when we were here due to all the forest fires around. The drive was incredible though and it was amazing to drive on the old... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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Hilversum, The Netherlands
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Hilversum, The Netherlands
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78 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

It is such a pity that the air was quite smoky when we were here due to all the forest fires around. The drive was incredible though and it was amazing to drive on the old McKenzie Pass. There was a great spot to stop and look and some old lava flows and also some great picnic spots along the... More 

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SF Bay Area, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

McKenzie pass goes through some lava fields with an observation building at the top. The western descent is through a forest on a long, slow, twisty road. The return is up a road past the waterfalls on the MeKenzie river which are well worth seeing. As the river is spring fed, the falls always have a good flow. Then you... More 

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Kirkland, Washington, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Twisting winding road to a surprise. Massive lava flows in the middle of Oregon Peaceful, delightful trip. 5000 ft above sea level. Very interesting and educational

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Wrightwood
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Beautiful amazing scenery. We were blown away by the drive. The road was narrow and winding. We were caught in a bicycle race for the first 10 miles and that wasn't fun. The bicycle folks following in cars passed on dangerous and were not all willing to move over so we could get through as we got to the top... More 

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Redmond, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

McKenzie pass is a must for everyone to drive once in their life, the views are amazing. The drive is nice and smooth, with views of all the mountain ranges, and plenty of area to pull over to take pictures.

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Weaverville, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

An outstanding view of a super large volcano field you won't want to miss. This 2700 year old eruption is so fantastic you will spend hours just investigating.

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Bakersfield
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35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

It was absolutely highlight in our trip from Portland to Crater Lake. You will see beautiful forest, river, waterfalls and lava fields with excellent 360 view. Highly recommend this road. Need to note that the road quite curvy, so be prepared for slow speed and high demand from a driver.

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Jerusalem, Israel
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

We did the McKenzie Pass up to the Dee Wright Observatory and the lava fields, then returned the same way and went to Clear Lake and the Sahalie and Koosah Falls Trail.

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Cleveland, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Loved the geological formations and the Dee Wright Observatory at the top of the pass is informative and worth the visit. If you can, ride a bicycle up the pass and see the beautiful scenery at a relaxed pace.

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Awesome Ponderosa Pine, Elk in the woods, sweeping curvy roads, great views at the top of many peaks, cool lava fields, nice soak in Belknap Springs

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