McKenzie River: Paradise CG to Trailbridge CG Tr3507

3D view of McKenzie River: Paradise Campground to Trailbridge Campground Trail #3507

Overall: 8

Aerobic: 5

Technical: 4

Steepness: 3

Flow: 9

Singletrack: 100%

McKenzie River Tr3507 from the Paradise Campground to the Trailbridge Campground is a typical riverside ride, with moderate elevation gain along the way.

Type

OAB

Length

Avg: 26mi

Ascent

Easy

Elevation Change

TH:1400'
Avg Ascent:1700'

Ascent Incline

2%

Duration

Avg: 4hr

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View of McKenzie River Trail Foot-Bridge

A typical campground trail, the southern section is popular with hikers. The terrain becomes increasingly challenging, especially when ridden OAB, as the trail traverses the hillside along the McKenzie River. The Trailbridge CG section is a cliffside traverse, requiring some technical skills and stamina.

The excitement starts just north of the Trailbridge CG, where the singletrack gets much more twisty, then comes the lava trails, then the waterfalls...

If camping in the area or for a relatively easy ride, this one is worth the effort.

Most of this ride is not easy enough for children and there are some brief ascents along the way, so please don't interpret the rating as indicating this is some city park trail.

 

Epic option: The OAB ride can be extended up to 45.7mi (4400' ascent, ~14hrs) by continuing the ride to Clear Lake.

Topo Map of the entire McKenzie River Tr3507 ride.

Mount Washington Wilderness Hiking

Advance reservations of Limited Entry Area permits for the very popular Obsidian Limited Entry Area are ONLY available through the National Recreation Reservation System (NRRS) at recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777. Season starts May 1st.

Scott Tr3531 passes through moderately forested areas, over lava flows and alpine meadows, to Pacific Crest Tr2000-E.

Robinson Lake Tr3508 provides the western boundary of the popular Scott Mountain hiking system, passing through moderately forested, sub-alpine ecosystem, accessing Kuitan and Robinson Lakes.

Hand Lake Tr3513 and Benson Lake Tr3502 enable a variety of day hiking loops, with Scotty Way Tr4345 providing access to the Scott Mountain summit.

In the Three Sisters Wilderness Area, North Matthieu Lake Tr4062 is a segment of the Oregon Skyline Trail, replaced by the Pacific Crest Trail. Available at the trailhead, Wilderness Permits are required for both day-use and overnight travel in the Wilderness from Memorial Day Weekend until Oct 31.

Directions: From I-5N take highway 126 east 50 miles to the town of McKenzie Bridge, or from I-5S go through Sweet Home (avoiding the radar traps) to 126S. Park at the ranger station or at the Paradise campground. View Larger Map. No Map?.

McKenzie River: Paradise CG to Trailbridge CG #3507 Trail Topo Map

OAB Directions

fast river run

McKenzie River Area Topo Map

  • TH: Ride alongside McKenzie River, past the Ranger Station and Paradise Campground (2.2mi). Pass spur Tr3541 at 3.7mi, then cross FR340 at 4.5mi and FR560 at 5.4mi.
  • 6.15mi: After riding alongside SR126 for .1mi, cross the river, then reach FR2650 at 7.4mi and ride north for .3mi, then go right onto the singletrack again.
  • 9.5mi: After crossing FR2654, use footbridge to cross Deer Creek.
  • 12.6mi: Reach the southern end of Trail Bridge Reservoir. Continue riding north or turn around and go back to the Paradise TH.

 

 

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Trail Index

This Ride

McKenzie River Trail 3507

Mount Washington Wilderness Hiking

Benson Lake Trail 3502, Hand Lake Trail 3513, Linton Lake Trail 3519, Millican Crater Trail 4066, North Matthieu Lake Trail 4062, Obsidian Trail 3528, Pacific Crest Trail 2000-E, Robinson Lake Trail 3508, Scott Trail 3531

Campgrounds

Alder Springs Campground, Camp Melakwa, Frog Camp, Horse Creek Campground, Limberlost Campground, McKenzie Bridge Campground, Lava Campground, Olallie Campground, Paradise Campground, Scott Lake Campground, Viewpoint Campground

 

Trail Rankings

Ranking consistently applied to all of the listed trails.

  • Overall Rating: Ride quality and challenge
  • Aerobic: Ascent challenge
  • Technical Difficulty: Terrain challenge
  • Steepness: Average incline
  • Flow: Uninterrupted riding
  • Elevation Change: Total elevation gain
  • Ride Difficulty: Terrain challenge

 

 

 

 

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