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Motorcycle Roads McKenzie Hwy11   in Oregon Oregon37 Miles

Motorcycle Roads McKenzie Hwy

By ruffjeepster
on November 19, 2011

0.0out of 5

7 Riders rated

 Scenery

 Road Quality

 Roadside Amenities

Written Directions

Start at junction on Oregon State Highways 126 and 242 just West of Belknap Springs, Oregon. Follow Hwy 242 East stay on 242 until Sisters, Oregon

Scenery

Dense evergreen forests open up into mountain pass surrounded by volcanoes. Maybe the only place in the US outside of Hawaii you drive through a lava flow field. Incredible black lava flow fields with high alpine pine trees fighting to survive in sanitized landscape. On the pass you are surrounded by volcanic cinder cones and mountains some covered year round with snow.

Road Quality

Highway speed limit is very slow 35mph to 45 mph in most places, with gravel sliding off hillsides onto inside corner on the assent. However the views are well worth the extra time, you don't want to go much faster anyway because the scenery is so stunning. Pavement surface is excellent because there is so little traffic and the road is open half the year or less.

Roadside Amenities

At the top of the pass there is a observation point build out of lava/basalt rock. All the surrounding peaks are identified by peering through holes in the walls of the observation building. There are outhouses at this stop and trail heads for hiking paths through the lava fields. No gas/food or amenities the entire route. Gas up somewhere along hwy 126 or if your leaving from Sisters gas up there.

Additional Info

Road only open seasonally.

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By The Shadow Knows
on July 31, 2012 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

3.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2002

Motorcycle Make

Motorcycle Type Sport

I started in Spingfield and headed east on 126. I took 242 to Redmond. This was my first ride after purchasing my Shadow Spirit. The ride was fun even though care needed to be taken on the sharp curves. Many had gravel from vehicles that drifted off the pavement. I especially enjoyed the lava park with its senic sturctures and views.

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By Guest
on July 13, 2012 1 out of 2 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 203

Motorcycle Make HD

Motorcycle Type Touring

Short, but too much fun! Truly a unique route through the lava fields and fantastic views at the top. The westside definitely has more twists and turns. Be sure to save time to walk the streets of Sisters.

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By cbx4evr
on June 25, 2012 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2000

Motorcycle Make Honda

Motorcycle Type Touring

Another awesome road defeated by the mighty Goldwing. Had a great drive. Coming from the west about ten miles in it started raining. The higher we got the harder it rained. By the time we got to the summit it was raining too hard to stop or even take a picture. Fogged right in. Still snow on the ground along side the road. Still had an awesome ride and would recommend it to everyone. Passed lots of bikes coming from the east.

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By MotoForever
on July 8, 2014 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2013

Motorcycle Make Harley

Motorcycle Type Touring

Cars tend to let you pass quickly. The lookout point at the summit is nice and you can see far when the weather permits (typical). There are volcanic rocks to tall tree forests. You'll curve thru the rocks as well as thru trees. Watch for occasional gravel that was kicked up on tight turns, but for the most part, this road is in great condition. There are people camping and hiking on the west side, but the signs are clear and give ample warning. Two up can be tricky on a couple of tight switchback turns, but don't sweat it. I rate this as easy to slightly intermediate when two up. We went thru in early June and glad that the road was open. It can be closed for snow thru mid June.

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By AgentYYJ
on November 26, 2013 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2010

Motorcycle Make Honda

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

Did this ride in August 2013. Rode East to West. Very little traffic, road condition was good with no debris, scenery was spectacular. Like a couple others have said, make time to stop and explore the view at the lava fields.

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By Guest
on September 18, 2012 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 650GS

Motorcycle Make BMW

Motorcycle Type Enduro

One of the best roads I have ridden, good clean pavement no traffic. I would rate this above the Dragon.

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By Guest
on April 12, 2012 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2004

Motorcycle Make BMW

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

A great ride, rode it 4 years ago and still enjoy the memories of that morning

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