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McKenzie Pass-Santiam Pass loop

Sisters, OR
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Beautiful Views

The road up from the hwy 126 side is very twisty and tight. The observatory at the top is... read more

Reviewed 30 September 2016
Roseburg, Oregon
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A non stop viewing opportunity!

If you have the time, make sure this is on your list of things to do! Route 242 starts in Sisters... read more

Reviewed 22 September 2016
Anna Q
Rensselaer, New York
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Eighty-two-mile scenic byway offering the best foliage in the state.
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Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

The road up from the hwy 126 side is very twisty and tight. The observatory at the top is absolutely beautiful on a clear day. This is a must see if you are in the area

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Reviewed 22 September 2016

If you have the time, make sure this is on your list of things to do! Route 242 starts in Sisters, it is a narrow road with plenty of twists and turns and is closed to vehicles exceeding 35' in length over the McKenzie Pass...More

2  Thank Anna Q
Reviewed 17 September 2016

A must-do drive when in the area, although not for the nervous. My preference would be to approach the Dee Wright Observatory from the south west, on highway 126 joining the 242 - doing the circuit clockwise. Route 242 is a difficult and narrow road...More

1  Thank MK13AL
Reviewed 31 August 2016

The highlight of the high Cascades near Eugene, Oregon.Rt 242 closes with the first major fall snowstorm and reopens in late June. It is a twisting beautiful drive, through constantly changing microclimes, that gains 4,000’ elevation – OH to do it on a Harley or...More

1  Thank Forest-Hills-Cynic
Reviewed 28 August 2016

We drove this loop in order to do sightseeing at several places, and while it was quite beautiful, it was also a challenging road due to MANY curves that seemed to occur mile after mile! It is not for those who are easily carsick!

Thank LaurieB980
Reviewed 27 August 2016

We drove part of the McKenzie Pass-Santiam Pass Loop when we were staying in Sisters. The views of the Three Sisters mountain, the forest views, and vista views are amazing There is also an observatory. There are also places to go walk/hike to see water...More

1  Thank mini
Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

It was a beautiful clear day in late June. The Three Sister's Peaks were gleaming with winter's past snow against azure skies. Mountain foliage very green and tender. Proxy Falls spendidly cascading. A troupe of skateboarders parading down through the steep narrow winding canopy. An...More

Thank Carolyn A
Reviewed 16 August 2016

Plan to stop in lava beds you won't be disappointed snow capped volcanoes I was totally surprised and want to explore more now

1  Thank Brad M
Reviewed 12 August 2016

If the pass is open, the weather is decent, and you are not in too big of a rush to enjoy spectacular views then this is for you. The west entrance starts at 2000 feet, lots of windy roads with three inch shoulders, and massive...More

1  Thank greenie8977
Reviewed 10 August 2016

A great road that takes you through great scenery with opportunity to get out of car and walk or take pictures.

2  Thank Michael T
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How safe is drive during summer days? Are there guardrails?
26 July 2016|
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Response from 2Vegans2wheels | Reviewed this property |
It's a totally safe road, but be aware of your speed. People driving too fast tend to stray into the other lane and onto the shoulder on curves. I ride it on a motorcycle several times a summer.......other drivers are the... More