McKenzie Pass (East)

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A fun, simple, scenic springtime ride with no cars after mile xx.

Ride to the top of McKenzie pass from the tourist town of Sisters, OR. This is a simple out and back with a moderate climb and gorgeous views from mile 12 (Windy point) to mile 15.5 (the Observatory). It is best ridden in the spring when the Oregon Department of Transportation keeps the road closed to vehicle traffic from mile 9 to the top. This makes for a simple, fun ride!

On the way down from mile 22 to the finish, you will feel like a Tour de France rider maintaining speeds of 25+ mph on a 1 to 2 percent descending gradient with great sight lines. Get in a pace line and you will average above 30 mph!

If you are looking for a longer ride, continue up and over the top (when the snow has been cleared by ODOT) and ride down the west side. See the route description for McKensie Pass (West).

**Road Ride
– Out & Back: 31 miles / 2300 ft gain
– Location: Sisters, OR
– Date Posted: May 2017

**Difficulty
– Terrain: A sustained climb of 4 to 6 % for 3 miles. The last 3.5 miles are rolling. The first miles are slightly uphill at 1 to 2 %.
– Pavement: Light chip seal.
– Traffic: Very little to little (when the road is closed). Outside of this, can be moderate to heavy.

**The Start
Village Green city park in Sisters. Flush toilets and showers. At McKensie Pass, non-flush toilets.

**Food / Water
None.

**GPX Track File
Click to download


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