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drosen 04-13-2013 04:01 PM

2013 McKenzie Pass?
 
Anyone know the condition of McKenzie Pass? Lots of snow? A little snow? This year is the year I ride that when bikes can safely get to Sisters.

canuck 04-15-2013 06:37 AM

Here's the ODOT link.

http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/HWY/REGION4/Pages/index.aspx

Snow is being cleared but it's not open yet

Alan 04-15-2013 12:47 PM

Last year it was plowed but still closed to cars on May 22-24 when this crazy guy did it, with some great pictures: http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/OhMcKenzie.

PS - This other crazy guy did McKenzie Pass at the same time from the east side: http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/McKenzie2012. He got a picture of the rider in that first link and also another rider up there. Sheesh...crowded! ;)

drosen 04-24-2013 08:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by canuck (Post 29390)
Here's the ODOT link.

http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/HWY/REGION4/Pages/index.aspx

Snow is being cleared but it's not open yet

I found this on their site this evening...

April 24, 2013 - ODOT crews have cleared a single lane to the summit of the Old McKenzie Pass Highway at Dee Wright Observatory from the east gate. Will continue to clear towards the west. Single lane will melt out until adequate lane with allows two lane vehicular traffice. Check back later for opening day.

This is my year to do this dang ride! I'm looking forward to it.

drosen 05-02-2013 06:56 PM

McKenzie Pass is open now
 
I got word today that the McKenzie Pass is now open. So, I'm riding it Sunday. Can anyone tell me where the best place to start would be? Thanks

DR

Alan 05-06-2013 12:32 PM

And...? :)

Lots of other riders? Maybe some BP readers, after last week's article?

drosen 05-06-2013 03:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Alan (Post 29413)
And...? :)

Lots of other riders? Maybe some BP readers, after last week's article?

Well, I did the ride yesterday. My wife dropped me off at the beginning of 242on the Eugene side. The road is fantastic, nice and smooth. Beware, however, there's a "lake" in the middle of the route that can't be avoided. My feet were completely covered by water for a good hundred yards. Funny! Glad I did it. Tons of riders were on the road, mostly from Sisters, not from the Eugene side.

RonC 05-10-2013 10:18 AM

I rode from Sisters to the pass and back last Sunday and can happily report that there was no lake in the road on that side. Clear sailing and a beautiful day, but a wee bit windy at the top.

RonC 06-13-2013 12:19 PM

Some friends and I are going to try this ride again Saturday, out and back from the west end, before the road opens to cars Sunday. Can someone with experience recommend where to park on the west end, and if a forrest service parking pass is needed? I've seen the Ride Oregon Ride map online that shows Belknap Hot Springs? Looks like a private facility. Are they cool with you parking there? Thanks.

Bent Bloke 06-13-2013 04:02 PM

When I rode up from the west side about <cough> 30 years ago, we parked at Alder Springs Camp on 242, where the gate is. It's a public campground.


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