The combination of twisty riverside singletrack and moderate climbing makes McKenzie River Tr3507 one of the best singletrack rides in the Cascade range.
To extend the McKenzie River Tr3507 ride, start from the Paradise CG TH. XC riders may prefer to shuttle from the upper Trailbridge CG TH to Paradise CG, to avoid the more technical northern trail conditions and the relatively flat southern section (past the Paradise CG).
Topo Map of the entire McKenzie River Tr3507 ride.
The combination of lava fields, footbridge crossings and the Sahalie waterfall climb keep things interesting. The moss-lined trail passes through old growth douglas fir.
The lava fields are not as technical as they once were, but will still gleefully fillet pedals, deraileurs and skin if not respected. Not the best place to endo.
Heavy traffic appears to be making the trail between the lava section and the waterfalls more technical, as dirt and pumice packing reveals underlying rocks.
The trail has held up fairly well under heavy use and is best ridden during the week, to avoid collisions with hikers.
After the first few miles the hiker traffic thins out and there are long stretches of twisty singletrack which define the meaning of 'flow'.
The ride around Clear lake is less interesting and may include a lot of hikers from the campsites, but still worth checking out and a good way to extend the ride.
Area Campgrounds (north to south): Fish Lake CG, Cold Water Cove CG, Ice Cap Creek CG, Trail Bridge CG, Olallie CG, Limberlost CG, Paradise CG, McKenzie Bridge CG, Horse Creek CG.
Clear Lake Loop Trail 3507.2, McKenzie River Trail 3507
Big Meadow Tie Trail 3434, Blue Lake Trail 3422, Bowerman Lake Trail 3492, Clark Creek Nature Trail 3456, Dixie Trail 3494, Duffy Lake Trail 3427, Independence Rock Trail 3431, Lake of the Woods Trail 3493, Lava Trail 3433, Marion Trail 3436, Maxwell Butte Trail 3391, Minto Pass Trail 3437, Pine Ridge Trail 3443, Santiam Trail 3491, Santiam Lodge Trail 3496, Swallow Lake Trail 3488, Turpentine Trail 3490
Cold Water Cove Campground, Fish Lake Campground, Ice Cap Creek Campground, Lakes End Campground, Lost Prairie Campground, Olallie Campground, Trail Bridge Campground
Ranking consistently applied to all of the listed trails.