Central Oregon Cycling: McKenzie Pass Scenic Bikeway (video)

Some roads are made to get from here to there. Others, like Oregon Highway 242, offer an experience all their own.

By car, Highway 242 is known as the McKenzie Pass Scenic Byway, but the same road is also one of Oregon’s unique Scenic Bikeways.


If you’re up for a challenge, cycling is the way to go. Starting in Sisters, you’ll have a nice, flat warm-up before you hit the hard stuff.

And during the first few weeks of June the road is still closed to cars giving cyclists a chance to let their guard down just a little bit and enjoy the ride.

If climbing hills doesn’t take your breath away, the view of Mt. Washington at Windy Point definitely will.

And it only gets better.


About 16 miles from Sisters, over a winding road through towering Ponderosa Pines, you’ll hit the Dee Wright Observatory. Here, at 5,325 feet, it’s all worth it – a spectacular 360-degree view of the Cascades and 65-square mile lava flow.

The only thing that tops this, is the thrilling ride back down.

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Mackenzie Ballard
Mackenzie Ballard
Mackenzie Ballard is the Director of Marketing for Visit Central Oregon.
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