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McKenzie Pass-Santiam Pass loop

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

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The BEST 2 hour drive you will ever take! Do it!

The McKenzie Pass - Santiam Pass Scenie byway is a is an 82-mile-long loop designed to provide a tour of the high Cascade Range northwest of Bend, passing over both McKenzie and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

The McKenzie Pass - Santiam Pass Scenie byway is a is an 82-mile-long loop designed to provide a tour of the high Cascade Range northwest of Bend, passing over both McKenzie and Santiam passes. The amazing panorama of lava fields and six Cascade peaks makes this an great way to spend an afternoon.

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Sisters, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Beautiful experience during the fall when the leaves are changing...especially when the Vine Maple turns red in the lava beds!

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Woodstock, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

This is one of the great scenic drives and it can easily be done in a day even if you stop very frequently and even throw in a 3 mile hike at the McKenzie River Falls. Lots of beautiful lakes and views of the surrounding peaks (especially the 3 sisters) with many miles of roads lined with majestic trees, and... More 

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Beaverton, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

We loved taking this loop mid June. Started in Sisters on 242, went to Dee Wright observatory. Excellent place to identify all the local Mts. and peeks, view the volcanic flows, onto Proxy Falls, a place we've always wanted to go. Gorgeous, easy slightly over a mile loop hike except if you go down to the base of falls, steep... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Very unique. Almost like being on Mars or something like that. The west end of route 242 going towards Belknap Springs is awesome with numerous hairpin turns and lush greenery. I think route 126 is slightly better with Sahalie and Koosah Falls but if you are in the area and can do the entire loop then both roads are worth... More 

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Culver, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

You will never take a Day Trip like this in any other state. Mountains, Desert, and lots of lakes. Stop and spend some time in 'The Sisters'. A unique little town and lots of people go there year around.

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Marlton, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015 via mobile

We drove this loop on Labor Day weekend. The entire drive took us about 3 to 4 hours but we stopped a couple places. We took rt 242 west out of Sisters to 126 north and then 126 east and rt 20 back to Sisters. Rt 242 was a volcanic landscape with lava flows. Definitely stop at Dwight Observatory as... More 

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Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

There are many wonderful trails branching off from this loop. To really experience the scenery, take time for a hike. A good short walk is to Hand Lake. In less than a mile, you can experience forests, meadows, and an old shelter.

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Central Oregon, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Beautiful views- especially on a bright, sunny day! I highly recommend it. It even kept the interest of a 5 yr old boy- which is not easy to do sometimes!

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Sisters, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

It is a very nice drive and the observatory at the top is so awesome! It points out the Mountains and names them for you! The trail that goes through the lava flow is very easy and accessible to walk. As you walk along the path there are placards they are very informational about volcanos and the different types of... More 

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Address: Address: Sisters, OR
Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  Central Oregon  >  Sisters

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