Travel Oregon (rideoregonride.com) calls this ride “without a doubt the most spectacular ride in Central Oregon.” dropping route dotted with the volcanoes that shaped the region’s landscape. Keep a look out for the abundant and diverse wildlife along the way, including bald eagles. Be prepared to take a day or two to partake in any of the number of recreation opportunities on the pass, including fly fishing the McKenzie River and mountain biking a trail system featured regularly in cycling publications worldwide.
Most of the ride is on a scenic byway that is closed during the winter months, but a bonus is that cyclists have access to the road in the spring as the snow melts and before cars are allowed.
The ride is classified as “challenging,” but the out and back is definitely doable in one day.