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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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McKenzie Pass Passed

It was a beautiful clear day in late June. The Three Sister's Peaks were gleaming with winter's past snow against azure skies. Mountain foliage very green and tender. Proxy Falls... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Ontario, Oregon
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Ontario, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

It was a beautiful clear day in late June. The Three Sister's Peaks were gleaming with winter's past snow against azure skies. Mountain foliage very green and tender. Proxy Falls spendidly cascading. A troupe of skateboarders parading down through the steep narrow winding canopy. An observatory built upon an ancient lava flow. Peace and tranquility abounds here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Plan to stop in lava beds you won't be disappointed snow capped volcanoes I was totally surprised and want to explore more now

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Bend, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If the pass is open, the weather is decent, and you are not in too big of a rush to enjoy spectacular views then this is for you. The west entrance starts at 2000 feet, lots of windy roads with three inch shoulders, and massive trees. As you wind upwards there are some distant views of area mountains and peaks.... More 

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Lake Havasu City, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great road that takes you through great scenery with opportunity to get out of car and walk or take pictures.

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Nampa, Idaho, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In the past we have taken several different roads to reach Oregon Coast towns, but this was definitely the best. Super nice road and you drive along the beautiful McKenzie River for much of the trip. This road goes from Eugene to Florence and we will take this route again due the the beauty and many attractions along the route.... More 

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Sedro Woolley, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went over the MacKenzie scenic highway on our motorcycle and what a treat! So glad we made the trip.

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Twin Falls, Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was inspiring loved the pass, it was so beautiful and the mountain views were unbelievable, this is also a great drive in a car

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We drove the pass up to the Dee Wright Observatory. It was so enjoyable. They do have a turn around point at the beginning for any vehicle over 35'. So not for the big rigs. The lava flows and mountains that are surrounding you are so scenic. You will see the Sisters Mountains, Mt Jefferson, Mt Washington and others. When... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Standing atop the "castle" built smack in the middle of lava beds that cover Mackenzie Pass is one uplifting experience. On a clear July day you can see 10,000 foot Cascade peaks still with snow fiields under a burning sun. A few birds dart and soar; here and there a brave pine tree raises its head; some hardy lichens decorate... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The views are spectacular, and when you reach the summit and see the lava fields, take time to visit the small lava castle and view points. If you are headed west, when you clear the summit expect to wind your way down the west side of the mountains, much slower than going up the east side. When you reach the... More 

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